Macaroni and Cheese, Please!

25 Nov

I’m sure you have all seen the posts on social media, “She was walking on the sidewalk, but wait until you see what happens next!” or, “This man just got the surprise of his life. You won’t believe it when you get to the end!” These days, we are all about the hype. It’s kind of annoying, actually. However, I must say, that “This Mama made Macaroni and Cheese, and the results were incredible! Wait until you see how easy it is!”

Since Mr. and I got married, when we have Macaroni and Cheese for dinner, it is homemade. I usually go through the time to boil the pasta, drain the pasta, make a rue, make Bechamel sauce, add in cheese, mix with pasta…. It becomes tedious, and now with little kids, it’s not very practical time wise. Who wants to spend 45 minutes making a side dish? Well, no more!! I have found, an incredible, one pot, 5 ingredients (plus spices) Macaroni and Cheese recipe. And, it takes less than 30 minutes!!

 

Macaroni & Cheese

One Pot Wonder Macaroni & Cheese

1 lb short cut pasta (macaroni, rotini, penne, bowtie)
2 cups heavy cream
4 cups chicken broth
4 Tbsp butter, cut into pads
2-3 tsp garlic powder
2-3 tsp onion powder
Salt and pepper
3 cups cheddar cheese

Now, for the incredibly easy directions. Brace yourself… they are almost too good to be true.

Have you braced? Are you ready?

Put all the ingredients, except the cheese, into a 12 inch skillet on medium high heat. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat, but allow to simmer. Stir occasionally, for even noodle cooking. When the noodles are fully cooked (about 15 minutes), and the cream sauce has reduced down and thickened, turn off heat, and add in cheese, 1 handful at a time, stirring until fully melted. I added about 2 1/2 cups to the pasta, and sprinkled the remaining 1/2 cup on top. Done.

This macaroni and cheese is probably the most flavorful (because the seasoning is cooked into the pasta), creamiest (because it’s cooked in heavy cream, not water) macaroni and cheese you will ever eat. It’s also the easiest (because it’s boiling 4 ingredients together, then mixing in cheese) and cleanest (come on! It’s one pot!!) macaroni and cheese you’ll ever make. I can sense that you don’t believe me. Why don’t you go ahead and make it, and let me know what you think in the comments… You know you want to.

 

mac and cheese 2

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4 Responses to “Macaroni and Cheese, Please!”

  1. Becoming Mom November 25, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    That looks so yummy! I’ll definitely have to give it a try next time we make mac and cheese.

  2. Erica@RaisingMunchies November 26, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    Oh this is cool. I actually make mac and cheese a lot, but this is a total game changer. It sounds so good too! I will definitely have to save this and make it next time 🙂

  3. kcgroves November 26, 2014 at 3:09 am #

    I have a ton of macaroni noodles in my cabinet just waiting to be used for this dish 🙂

  4. Carissa November 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    Yum! This sounds fabulous! I can almost taste it while reading the recipe 🙂

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