Who doesn’t love a generous bowl of mac and cheese? This simple yet savory dish has been passed down from generation to generation and everyone has loved it just as much!
Making mac and cheese is pretty basic. However, if you’re looking for the most simple yet delicious mac and cheese that uses no fancy shmancy ingredients, then you’re in the right place. So, here’s my take on the simplest and easiest one-pot mac and cheese you’ll ever cook and eat! Let’s get started.
Easiest one-pot mac and cheese recipe
Serves 1 person
For the macaroni
- 100g of wheat flour macaroni (I prefer the elbow shape for my mac and cheese!)
- Water for boiling
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cooking oil
For the cheese sauce
- 1½ cups of milk
- 1/2 tsp salt (you can adjust it according to taste too)
- 1 slice of mozzarella cheese (I use Happy Cow)
- 1 slice of cheddar cheese (Happy Cow for this one too)
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp butter
- Take a saucepan and fill it with 2 cups of water (or as much as you prefer for boiling the macaroni). Add salt to the water and mix.
- Bring the water to a boil at high heat, then add the macaroni. Turn the heat to medium while the macaroni boils.
- After 10 minutes (or when the macaroni are still a little firm or al dente), strain some of the water out of the saucepan (while keeping the macaroni in it) such that the macaroni feel soggy but are not floating in the water.
- Then, turn the heat to low and add milk. Once the milk has warmed, increase the heat to medium while stirring the pan so that the macaroni does not stick to the bottom.
- When the milk comes to a boil, add the salt and pepper.
- Once you observe that the milk is starting to get thick, add butter.
- Wait until the milk has reduced and thickened to your desired consistency, then add both cheese slices.
- Stir around until the cheese melts in and you’re done!
- Serve piping hot in a bowl and garnish with a little pepper.
So, there you have it! My one pot, simple and quick, mac and cheese. The ingredients I’ve used are available almost everywhere and give the yummiest results. If you don’t have both types of cheese, a single slice would do just fine as well. If you like an orangey color for the mac and cheese, you can also add in a teeny tiny bit of food coloring, it’s totally safe. Happy cooking!