One-Pot Macaroni and Cheese

By October 12, 2018Pasta, Recipes

One-Pot Macaroni and Cheese

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One Pot Macaroni and Cheese


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 to 1 3/4 cups water as needed
  • 8 oz small elbow macaroni
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 oz extra-sharp cheddar grated


  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, combine milk, 1 cup water, macaroni

    noodles, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bring to a low simmer, stirring

    frequently to prevent the macaroni from clumping and the milk from boiling

    over. Once the mixture simmers, reduce heat to low (it should continue

    simmering) and stir continuously until pasta is done to your liking, about 8 to

    10 minutes. The macaroni will absorb the liquid while cooking, so stir in

    additional water as needed, 1/4 cup at a time.

  2. Once pasta is done and the sauce is creamy, remove the pot from the heat

    and gradually stir in the grated cheddar, 1/3 cup at a time, until smooth and

    melted. Taste and add more salt and/or pepper, if necessary.

  3. You can add any substitutions or combination of cheeses you would like! Switch to mild cheddar for picky kids, pepper jack for a kick, or class it up with a mixture of swiss and aged white cheddar.

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  • Landen says:

    5 stars
    I cook this probably once every couple weeks. It’s one of my favorites. I like how simple it is, how rich it is, and how it only takes one pan. It’s not a super long recipe either so it’s perfect for weeknights.

    • LK Cooking says:

      So glad you like it and make it frequently! Hooray for only one dish (and no store bought mac & cheese)!

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