Easiest Mac & Cheese Ever

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I’ve been making homemade macaroni and cheese for years and it’s definitely one of the favorite side dishes in our house. All of my versions of mac & cheese always revolve around a homemade cheese sauce for no reason other than that’s how I’ve always done it. But that all changed this past weekend and I’m not sure what the future holds for my mac & cheese making habits.

That’s because, with leftover cooked noodles in my refrigerator, this dish literally took less than 5 minutes to put together and it ended up being some of the most delicious macaroni and cheese any of us have ever had. The amount of seconds and thirds that I passed out to the kids rivaled any of their other favorite dishes for sure.

Check out this recipe and don’t let its simplicity fool you! You’ll end up with rich, creamy and delicious mac and cheese. It’s much easier and infinitely better than any boxed mac and cheese you’ll ever make!

Easiest Mac & Cheese Ever

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni, fully cooked, divided
  • 2 c. shredded Sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c. milk

1. Grease a 13×9 casserole dish. Spread 1/4 of the noodles into the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 c. cheese and add some salt and pepper. Continue repeating the layers until you’re done, ending with the cheese on top. Pour in the milk.

2. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is fully melted. Stir well, season with more salt and pepper, if needed. Enjoy!

I did add some frozen peas to two layers and that was a great addition. But you can definitely skip those or replace with broccoli if you want. (Adding veggies to mac and cheese equals healthy foods for kids, at least in my eyes!)

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Comments

  1. Wow, that *does* cut out a little time. No roux making! Thanks!

  2. Natalie says:

    I’m going to try this !

  3. Janet says:

    I use skim milk when I make this too as it cuts down on the fat intake. My dad made his mac and cheese like this and also made a mac and cheese with tomatoes too. So easy and delicious!!

  4. Marianne G. says:

    I’ve made mine this way for as long as I can remember. To make it extra delicious, dice a small onion and cook it in the boiling water along with the macaroni. This adds a whole new level of flavor!

  5. Natalie says:

    Kate,

    Ou family makes mac-n-cheese like this with a few variations. You can use uncooked mac noodles and 1 can each of regular corn and creamed corn. Use 2 cups of shredded cheese and 1 stick of butter cut up. Cover with foil. Bake 350* for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. This is serious comfort food. The corn makes this dish so sweet.

  6. suny says:

    I have a quick question. I made this today and it was still a bit “milk” at the end. Did I do something wrong?

    All in all it was a keeper regardless. Middle son especially liked the peas!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. gafas de sol says:

    Puedo usar leche descremada cuando hago esto también, ya que reduce el consumo de grasas. Mi papá hizo su macarrones con queso como este y también hizo un mac y queso con tomate también. Así de fácil y delicioso!

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