One-Pot Macaroni and Cheese

By October 12, 2018Pasta, Recipes

One-Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk

  • 1 to 1 3/4 cups water, as needed

  • 8 ounces small elbow macaroni

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  •  1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 4 ounces extra-sharp cheddar, grated (about 1 cup, packed)

Instructions:

  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.

Variations:

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.

Recipe adapted from www.fivehearthome.com

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