Easy 5 Ingredient Homemade Mac and Cheese
I grew up on mac and cheese at least once a week, oftentimes more. It was a lunch my mom could easily whip together in about 15 minutes. And it broke up the typical sandwiches a bit.
And now, I find myself doing the same thing. Mac and cheese is a great lunch or easy dinner option when Travis works late and it’s just the kids and me. My son is high class and loves when I throw a sliced-up hot dog in it too. We’re fancy over here.
Truthfully though, besides being easy, it’s much healthier than any box mixes you find. (And don’t let the “organic” label fool you, the ingredient list is still sketchy.) My kids much prefer our 5 ingredient mac and cheese to any of the boxed mixes. Real cheese is the way to go. And with how simple it is, you’ll never find yourself grabbing those powdered mac n cheese boxes ever again.
Cheese matters – choose wisely
I’m the first to admit, I’m a bit of a cheese snob. The cheese that cuts like rubber grosses me out. Why is it a bouncy ball texture? That’s not normal unless it’s mozzarella. Growing up in the PNW I was spoiled to have Tillamook cheese sold everywhere. When we moved to the south, I was in shock by the lack of variety and quality at most local stores. I mean, we’re close to Wisconsin. Isn’t that the cheese capital of the world?
But I digress.
Find yourself a good cheddar cheese. And for a bit of tang, I love to add a slice of pepper jack. It gives it a small kick that takes it to the next level.
Making mac and cheese
Start the water for the noodles to boil. Cook noodles as instructed on the box.
While noodles are cooking, heat up butter in a separate saucepan. While the butter is melting pour milk into a large coffee cup. My mom always mixed it in a coffee cup, so I do too. It’s small and easy to wash! Stir in the cornstarch with the milk. Once butter is melted, pour in the milk/cornstarch mixture.
Turn on medium heat until it starts to bubble and thicken. Once it’s thickening, add in the cheese and slowly stir until it all melts together. Place on low heat if necessary to prevent burning. Strain pasta and place back in the pan, pour cheese mixture over noodles, and stir well.
Add in salt and pepper to taste.
That’s it my friends! I told you it was simple!
Serve warm and enjoy! I hope this is a meal that gets put into rotation in your home from now on and it helps when you’re in need of an easy meal quickly.
Mac and Cheese
This macaroni and cheese will soon become a family favorite. And with how easy it is to make, you'll never purchase that powdered boxed stuff ever again.
NOTE: Do not use pre-grated cheese. It's covered in a powder that prevents it from clumping, but it also prevents it from melting and the mac and cheese will not turn out.
- 2 cups noodles of choice
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 5 1cm slices of brick cheese (I like cheddar and a bit of pepperjack for a small kick)
- start the water for the noodles to boil. Cook noodles as instructed on the box.
- While noodles are cooking, head up butter in a saucepan.
- While the butter is melting pour milk into a large coffee cup. My mom always mixed it in a coffee cup, so I do too. Stir in the corn starch with the milk. Once butter is melted, pour in the milk/cornstarch mixture.
- Turn onto medium heat until it starts to bubble and thicken. Once you can see it thickening, add in the cheese, and slowly stir until it all melts together. Place on low heat if necessary to prevent burning.
- Strain pasta and place back in pan, pour cheese mixture over noodles and stir well. Add in salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve warm and enjoy! It's truly that easy. I hope this is a meal that gets put into rotation in your home from now on!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 206mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g
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This recipe looks so easy and yummy! I love Mac and Cheese but rarely make it. I think it’s going on the meal plan for next week.
I’m only 30 minutes from the Wisconsin border. I might have to send you a care package.
I’m so jealous of all the dairy and cheese you’re sure to be surrounded by! And I’ve always wanted to travel to Wisconsin. Maybe someday!