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
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.
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.
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.