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Kid Friendly, One-Pot Mac And Cheese

Updated on August 3, 2011
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If your kids are anything like mine, they love their macaroni and cheese. Here's an easy recipe you can make with only one pot and ingredients you already have in your home. It takes a couple of minutes more than the box with the cheese powder, but it is well worth the time.

For the pasta you can go traditional with elbow macaroni or have fun with spirals, rings, shells or mix a couple of different types together if you don't have a full box of one type. For the cheese I've mixed in Mozzarella, Colby Jack or Cheddar... again, whatever you have on hand. The one cup of cheese is a good starting point, you can always add a little more if you want.

One-Pot Mac And Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces uncooked pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

Take your one and only big pot, fill it with water and bring it to a boil. Once it's boiling, add some salt and the pasta and cook according to the package directions (about 10 minutes).

While the pasta cooks, assemble the rest of your ingredients because it goes pretty fast once the pasta is done.

Drain the pasta in a colander. Turn the heat of the burner to medium-low. It's important to lower the heat to help prevent the sauce from burning or the flour from sticking to the pan.

Put the pot back on the stove and add the butter. As it begins to melt, add the minced garlic and stir so the garlic doesn't burn. When the butter is melted, add the flour and stir to form a roux. Add the milk and stir to make the mixture smooth. This sauce will start to bubble and thicken after a couple of minutes.

Once the sauce has thickened, remove the pot from the heat and stir in your grated cheese until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cooked pasta.

Serve and enjoy! There are 2 good things about this recipe ~ #1 is the taste, and, #2 is ~ you have only one pot to clean!

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    • Field-Of-Flowers profile imageAUTHOR

      Field-Of-Flowers 

      7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Hi Eaglekiwi thanks for the comment! Oh yes... mac and cheese will always be a favorite. Who can resist?!

      Have a great day and God bless! :-)

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      Eaglekiwi 

      7 years ago from -Oceania

      Tasty and beautifully set out.Isnt it funny how the classics remain the favourites!

      Well done.

    • Field-Of-Flowers profile imageAUTHOR

      Field-Of-Flowers 

      7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Thank you very much LADYGIRL! :-)

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      LADYGIRL 

      7 years ago

      And God bless you as well...

    • Field-Of-Flowers profile imageAUTHOR

      Field-Of-Flowers 

      7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Hi LADYGIRL thanks for the comment! It is very delicious and enjoy every spoonful! I too like watching the FoodTV Network. Interesting and informative shows on there.

      Have a great day and God bless! :-)

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      LADYGIRL 

      7 years ago

      I'm really considering making it probably tomorrow, since I just came back from the market. It really look so yummy, as you can tell I'm a foodie. And love to watch the FoodTV Network.

    • Field-Of-Flowers profile imageAUTHOR

      Field-Of-Flowers 

      7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Hi LADYGIRL thanks for stopping by and commenting! It is very tasty indeed. I'm sure they will enjoy it... who can say no to mac and cheese?! :-)

      You are very welcome I'm glad I can share it with others. I just took another look at the picture. You are right. It looks so good... I want to eat it too! haha

      Time to go make some mac and cheese....

      Have a great day and God bless! :-)

    • Field-Of-Flowers profile imageAUTHOR

      Field-Of-Flowers 

      7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Hi Truckstop Sally thanks for commenting! Oh yes... the comfort of mac and cheese... I can just taste it now. Who can resist it?! :-)

      I hope all goes well for your child at college. I've never heard of mac and cheese with lobster... sounds really good to me! I'm glad you were able to enjoy your time with them. :-)

      Have a great day and God bless! :-)

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      LADYGIRL 

      7 years ago

      Oh. that look so good I will cook that for my nephews when they come over. My nephew are so picky with there food. However I think they would love the Mac and Cheese. Thank you so much. That a good picture of the Mac and Cheese, if I could go through the screen and eat it I would!! HaHa

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Something so comforting about mac & cheese. I just took my middle child to college, and we splurged one night at a fancy restaurant. He ordered one of the specials - mac and cheese with lobster!

    • Field-Of-Flowers profile imageAUTHOR

      Field-Of-Flowers 

      7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Hi Icbenefield thanks for commenting! I hope you enjoy and like Julia Child would say... Bon Appetit! Have a great day and God bless! :-)

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      lcbenefield 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Yummy. I'm headed to the kitchen right now. You have found a great way to improve on one of our favorites at this house.

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