Quick and Easy Mac and Cheese

What child doesn’t love mac & cheese? My third child would be quite content to live off mac & cheese and chocolate if we’d let her.  We make mac and cheese for lunch at least once or twice a week around here.  However, I try to cook more whole foods, and the powdered cheese mix that comes in the box just doesn’t fit the bill.  It’s super easy to make mac and cheese “from scratch” though, and less expensive too!  Here’s how:

Start with some just-cooked macaroni (or shells, or rigatoni, or whatever floats your boat.  My kids like picking out all different types at the store).  Add a good 2-3 Tablespoons of butter (depending on how much pasta you have) and a splash of milk (about 1/4 cup):

Next, add a handfull of shredded cheese.  The beauty of this “recipe” is that you can use whatever cheese you have on hand – cheddar, mozzarella, even Velveeta if you’re wanting to go more processed…

Stir it all up until it’s nice and blended.

And there you have it.  Super easy and better for you than the boxed stuff!  Although, my children now consider the “mac in the box” a treat, and love it when we go places where they can eat it.  *eyeroll*  Note to parents:  It tastes even better with some fresh ground pepper on top!

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2 Responses to Quick and Easy Mac and Cheese

  1. Julia July 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I’ll have to try this. Sometimes I add shredded cheese to the box Mac and sometimes I use cream cheese for some or all of the butter. Gives it a real zing. =) The cream cheese might be good in this recipe, too.

  2. Beth S. January 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    JUST what I was looking for. When I made the boxed stuff today…the “cheese powder” frightened me and I knew there had to be an easier, healthier way!

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