Family Favorite – Mac and Cheese

Family Favorite – Mac and Cheese

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?  I’ve loved it since I was a child.  Isn’t it just good old-fashioned comfort food?  Yes.  Which means, I can’t have it often. However, every once in a while you just gotta have some.  Right?  Well, today I am sharing the absolute best, most yummy mac and cheese in the history of ever.

Okay, let me preface this whole thing by telling you I am by no means suggesting that I am some fabulous chef with fantastic cooking skills.  Truth be told, I don’t really even like cooking that much.  I do love to cook if I’m entertaining, but family meals….not so much.  However, it’s a chore that must be done unless Mr. LouiseMarie steps up.  Lucky for me he often does cook for us, and he’s REALLY good at it.  #luckygirl  All that being said, I do want to share with you the recipe for a family favorite.

I know, you’re thinking mac and cheese is simple.  How could she be revolutionizing this old stand-by?  Well, for starters, this is very easy, requires 3 ingredients, and is completely 100% homemade.  Did that get your attention?

Ingredients:

  • pasta – I like elbow macaroni
  • milk
  • cheese

Yep, that’s it.  Here’s how you make it.

Start with pouring your milk into a pot.  For this post, I used 6 cups of milk and added about a cup of water as well.  (Keep in mind, I am cooking for teenage boys- so I make a lot.)

Mac and Cheese starts with milk.

 

You want to bring you milk to a boil and then add your pasta.  For this recipe I used the entire 16 oz. box of macaroni.  So, if you’re making less, adjust your milk accordingly.  It’s really not rocket science.  You just want to have enough to cover your pasta well.

Once you’ve added the pasta and boiled it for a bit, you want to turn down your heat.  Make sure as it’s boiling that you stir often.  Also, you can consider it “done” when you can see your pasta and have just a little liquid left.  You WON’T drain this.  Here you can see what is left in my pot and how much of the pasta you can see.

cooked macaroni for mac and cheese

 

Now, it’s time to add cheese.  I added a total of 4 cups of grated cheese; however, you could easily do less.  Here’s another great thing about this recipe.  You can use whatever cheese you have on hand.  I make sure to always include cheddar, but I’ve also added different cheeses each time.  It’s a great side dish to make if you have lots of left over cheeses from other recipes or a cheese tray.  This time I added Smoked Gouda, Baby Swiss, and some other kind of stinky cheese that we had left from a party.

 

cheese for mac and cheese

 

You just dump the cheese into the pot and stir. It gets all melty and gooey.

cooking mac and cheese

The final step is to add salt and pepper to taste.  I’ve also added other spices to kind of change things up.  I also think garlic is good in EVERYTHING ~ so I usually add some at this point as well.

 

Now, in case my mad photography skills have you wondering….no I am really not a food photographer. I am working on it.  I have learned there is a ‘trick’ to shooting food.  A trick that I have clearly not learned yet.  Hopefully you can look beyond my lack of skills and trust me when I tell you that this is delicious, even if  my photo doesn’t capture its cheesy goodness.

family favorite mac and cheese

 

In fact, I’m a little worried that I am doing a terrible disservice to this recipe.  Just trust me…it’s really good. 🙂

 

Okay, now that I’ve provided you with what to make with dinner tonight, I’ll be off.  Thanks so much for visiting today.  Please, please let me know how you like this recipe once you try it.  It would give me serious cred with the family for sure.  Comment below and don’t forget to join my email list here.

Until next time~

26 Comments

  1. This looks great and saves time not having to boil water and pasta. I’m pinning this one.

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      Super. Let me know how you like it. I think there’s something about using milk to cook the pasta that makes it extra creamy. Thanks for pinning too. 😉

  2. I love mac and cheese too especially when there’s more than one cheese involved.

    1. Author

      Me too Carla. At this point, my kids request their favorite cheese for this recipe. My youngest especially likes parmesan in his. Let me know how you like it.

  3. It is so easy to make homemade mac and cheese. Isn’t it amazing that people still go with the boxed stuff?

    1. Author

      Yes. I think this is even easier than the box stuff. Not to mention, it’s WAY healthier! So glad you stopped by.

  4. I never liked it as a child but now I love it. It is so much easier to make than I thought and looks so good. Pinned.

    1. Author

      Oh, I’m so glad. You’ll have to let me know how you like it. The great thing is you can adjust for the amount of cheesiness you want too. Enjoy!

  5. My family loves homemade mac-n-cheese. With your choice of cheese, I’d say this is a grown up dish that even the kids will love. Thanks for sharing!
    Stopping by from Think Tank Thursday.

  6. Jenny one of our all time favorites is home made mac and cheese. I am a pretty good cook but avoid it as much as possible. I laughed when I read about the full box of macaroni and teenage boys I know that lifestyle really well. I am pinning this because I have never heard of cooking the macaroni in milk, and I bet the pasta gives off enough starch to thicken it. Thank you very much for the recipe.

    1. Author

      Thanks so much Leanna for the pin. Yes, it does thicken up nicely. It’s honestly the easiest way to make it. I also love that by changing up the type of cheese and the amount I can make it different every time. In fact, I probably can’t replicate it. Each time it is a little different. Let me know how you like it!

    1. Author

      Oh, you’ll have to let me know how you & the grandkids like it. It’s pretty popular here. Thanks for visiting! I’ll visit you soon as well.

    1. Author

      Well, it doesn’t get much easier than this. 🙂 If you decide to try it, let me know what you think. Thanks for visiting!

  7. Hi Jenny,
    I just wanted to let you know that we tried this recipe. We used cheddar plus some unknown cheese sent to us from Italy. The Italian cheese was good and pungent and very flavourful. The flavour of the mac & cheese was wonderful. The whole thing was very creamy. We really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. Author

      Barbara, thanks so much for letting me know. You’ve made my day! I am thrilled that everyone liked it. Come back soon.

  8. I had my first mac and cheese a month ago ( yes I know !! ) and now my lot love it so I will be definitely trying this on my cheese loving daughter’s

  9. I like that you boil it in the milk, never thought to do that. Will try this way soon for my kiddos. Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.

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