If there is one food that is loved above all others in my home, it’s easy macaroni and cheese. Okay, maybe it’s just macaroni and cheese, but as the one making it, I’m going to add the easy part. Macaroni and cheese is without a doubt, the end all be all of food around here. And this easy macaroni and cheese recipe is one of our absolute favorites.
Really, what’s not to love when you are dealing with pasta, cheese, butter… it’s pretty hard to go wrong. This easy macaroni and cheese recipe is creamy, rich and delicious, but it’s also simple to make. Don’t get me wrong, I am not above macaroni out of a box (the first thing I learned to cook), or out of the freezer (Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt, I’m looking at you my friend), but this blows them away, and truly doesn’t take much effort.
Did I mention this is NOT diet macaroni and cheese? I mean that is stating the obvious really. This easy macaroni and cheese recipe is 100% comfort food.
Let’s get cooking, shall we?
Easy Macaroni And Cheese
This recipe is very simple and straight forward to make. While you can buy your cheese pre-grated, I find that it never melts quite as well as when you grate your own cheese off the block. I use a box grater (I love the OXO one) or my KitchenAid Slicer Shredder attachment to grate my cheese. You can use one kind of cheese, but I like to use a mix of a few kinds, usually Colby Jack and cheddar.
In theory you could make this all in one pot, by draining your macaroni and setting it aside in your strainer while you make the cheese sauce, but I prefer to use two pans and make my sauce while my pasta is cooking, so that’s ready to go the minute you drain your pasta. The cheese sauce is quick and easy to make, you just want to make sure to whisk, whisk and whisk some more to get it to melt and blend together nicely.
Easy Macaroni And Cheese Recipe
Easy Macaroni And Cheese
An delicious recipe for homemade easy macaroni and cheese.
- 1 (8 ouncbox elbow macaroni
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 oz cream cheese cut in cubes
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups shredded cheese such as cheddar or colby jack
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Black pepper to taste
- Optional: you can add a splash of hot sauce or a tsp of mustard powder if desired
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in boiling water, stirring occasionally, and cooking according to package directions. I prefer to cook mine al dente and not overcook.
Meanwhile in a separate pan, melt butter in a medium to large sauce pan over medium heat; stir in cream cheese until well combined. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper until smooth, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour milk into pan while stirring until mixture is smooth and starting to gently boil, about 3-5 minutes. Add cheese to mixture and stir until cheese is melted and well combined.
Pour cheese sauce over drained macaroni and stir gently until cheese sauce is well combined with pasta. Serve immediately.
I hope your family loves this recipe as much as mine does. Don’t forget to pin to save it!
If you love cheesy recipes like we do, here are some others you might want to try!
Spend With Pennies has a delicious 20 Minute Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe
Barefeet In The Kitchen shares this yummy Crispy Cheese And Bacon Potatoes recipe.
Crunchy Creamy Sweet has an amazing Garlic Cheese Bomb recipe.