Easiest Mac & Cheese Ever!

I developed this recipe for my little guy, Cole, because he loves mac and cheese so much and I wanted to make him something with fresh ingredients. Now I can make this for him before school and put it into his Thermos whenever he wants for lunch, and I can have the leftovers myself! This recipe can be multiplied as you wish.

Mac & Cheese


Easiest Mac & Cheese Ever!
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Recipe type: Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ lb pasta (elbows, small shells, etc.)
  • salt for the pasta water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1¼ tablespoons flour
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup milk (I use 1%)
  • ¾ cup your favorite shredded cheese or blend of shredded cheeses (I use a blend of cheddar and jack)
Instructions
  1. Boil water for pasta, just before dropping in the pasta, season the water with salt. Cook the pasta til al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a non-stick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat, then sprinkle over the flour and pinch of salt. Stir with a wooden spoon and cook for just a moment to remove "raw flour" taste. The mixture should have a slight sizzle to it over the heat. Add the milk all at once and stir well to remove any lumps. They should all disappear. Cook for a moment to thicken the sauce. Remove from heat for a moment as you drain the pasta.
  3. Off the heat, add your cheese to the milk/butter/flour mixture and stir. Place back over low heat for just a moment to add the pasta and toss well and make sure the pasta and cheese sauce are nice and warm.
  4. Feel free to add cubes of ham, cooked broccoli, etc! You may never buy a box again!

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