Easiest One-Pot Mac and Cheese

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Seriously the easiest mac and cheese recipe ever! One-pot, no-drain, and only 5 ingredients!

For many, Macaroni and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food.  There’s just something about the dish that says “home.”  And while the methods to make it vary widely, I’ve got a super easy way to get a delicious, gooey mac and cheese on the table in about 10 minutes.  Seriously.  10 minutes!

Seriously the easiest mac and cheese recipe ever! One-pot, no-drain, and only 5 ingredients!

By using the perfect amount of liquid in this method, we eliminate the need to drain the pasta.  And cooking it in milk gives the pasta and sauce a delicious creamy flavor and texture.  The reduced milk then makes the perfect liquid to blend with our cheese.

Seriously the easiest mac and cheese recipe ever! One-pot, no-drain, and only 5 ingredients!

You are welcome to use other cheeses here, but you’ll need to use something that melts well.   You can certainly use the pre-shredded bagged cheese, too.  You just probably won’t get that stringy, gooey cheese pull that you would with cheese you’ve grated yourself.  Sometimes the extra work is worth it.  As I’ve said before, the bagged stuff has cornstarch and other stuff to keep it from sticking together in the bag and it usually throws off the texture of the dish a bit.  Have I used the bag stuff with this? You bet I have.  Can you?  Absolutely.  And the food police won’t show up at your door.  And your family won’t disown you.  They probably won’t even notice.  Do what works for you.  For me, most days that means using bagged cheese.  I’m just saying.  Keeping it real, folks.

This makes a lot, too.  So, feel free to cut the recipe in half if you don’t need 8 cups of mac and cheese.

Seriously the easiest mac and cheese recipe ever! One-pot, no-drain, and only 5 ingredients!

This is what happens nearly every time I finish shooting food – the hungry vulture swarm. I usually bribe Jack by making him hold the spoon or something for the photo, then promise him he gets a bite when we’re finished.  Parenting skill level: EXPERT!  🙂

Let’s make some…

Seriously the easiest mac and cheese recipe ever! One-pot, no-drain, and only 5 ingredients!

Start by putting a deep skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add the milk, water, and salt.  Stir in the macaroni.

Seriously the easiest mac and cheese recipe ever! One-pot, no-drain, and only 5 ingredients!

Bring to a boil, and reduce the heat to a simmer.  Stir frequently.  Cook about 7 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Seriously the easiest mac and cheese recipe ever! One-pot, no-drain, and only 5 ingredients!

Add the cheese and stir until it is melted.  Serve immediately.

See.  Easy.  Dare I say easiest?  Yes.  Yes, I do.  Three steps and done.


Seriously the easiest mac and cheese recipe ever! One-pot, no-drain, and only 5 ingredients!

Easiest One-Pot Mac and Cheese
 
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Serves: 8 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. In a deep skillet or dutch oven, stir the milk, water, and salt together over medium high heat. Stir in the macaroni and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring very frequently, for 7 to 8 minutes or until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Turn off the heat and stir in the cheese. Stir until melted. Serve immediately.
Notes
While you can certainly use pre-shredded bag cheese, shredding your own will yield a much better texture.

This recipe halves perfectly if you don't need so much.

 

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  1. Trish in VA says:

    Oh. My. Goodness.
    This Mac and Cheese looks divine. And so easy! Thank you for sharing.
    I must make this tonight!

  2. Cindy in Florida says:

    I use evaporated milk for the regular milk. Makes it so much richer. Good and quick recipe.

  3. That looks so wonderfully gooey!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweeite.com

  4. Thanks. Stacy I look forward to making this!

  5. I am looking forward to making this mac and cheese!

  6. Jayson in Oklahoma says:

    This looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Sometimes you just don’t have the time to make a white sauce or make the custard based mac & cheese that has to be baked. This sounds really quick and it looks so good. I think I might want a little butter in mine! 🙂

    • Butter would be great! Yes, I just love how easy this is. Enjoy!

    • Cynthia Greenfeather says:

      Alright! Someone who makes (at least when there’s time) Mac and cheese with white sauce! Years ago, someone gave me a Mac and cheese recipe using white sauce. Naturally, I had to fuss with it, so I quartered an onion, and cooked it, with the macaroni, al dente. Then I took the onion out and threw it away, and layered the macaroni with thin white sauce (a and plenty of it), American cheese, and a little parmesan, I don’t use a lot of cheese — maybe a 12 ounce package of American, and 1/4 cup of parm, for two pounds of macaroni, and sometimes I’ll add some shredded cojack, and I top it with buttered fine bread crumbs and bake. The onion makes all the difference in the world. Don’t ask me how. And if you try to mix the white sauce and the cheese to make cheese sauce, it just doesn’t work. (My nephew takes it as a personal offense, if I don’t bring it to family dinners.) This recipe looks a lot easier than mine, and I bet it’s delicious!

  7. Using the starch from the boiled macaroni, BRILLIANT!!!

    I’m eating a second helping of your mac-n-cheese recipe right now, it’s perfect.

  8. Trish in VA says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I make this recipe often! My family loves it and I love how easy it is to prepare. Genius!!!
    Made it with hoop cheddar tonight, super melty and good!

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know! So glad y’all enjoy it! Love me some hoop cheese!! I think it makes the BEST mac and cheese!

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