Easy Macaroni and Cheese

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Easy Macaroni and Cheese

In the first few months of my pregnancy all I wanted was macaroni and cheese, grapefruit, watermelon, and now I’ve added honeydew to that ever growing craving list.  I had a brief period where I grew tired of mac and cheese, crazy I know!  Now that craving is back, so I figured I’d share how I make my Easy Macaroni and Cheese with you!  When I asked people for recipes for homemade mac and cheese I heard a lot about velveeta, but I’m actually not a fan of that thick cheese in my macaroni - also the fact that it’s processed.

So I began experimenting with cheese and found that I really like Mild Cheddar Cheese, which you can get  in your local store in the refrigerated cheese section.  I also don’t want all the extra fat so instead of using the typical heavy cream I use my Organic 1% Milk with no problems.  I hope you try my recipe, and enjoy as much as we do!

Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Makes 8 Servings

12 Ounces Elbow Noodles
12 Ounces Cheddar Cheese
1 1/2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Flour
2 Cups 1% Milk
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large sauce pan bring water to a boil, and cook pasta until tender, drain and set aside. Easy Macaroni and Cheese
In the same sauce pan melt butter whisk in the flour until it makes a thick roux, and slowly add in the milk while still whisking.  Keep on low-medium heat while stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile in a food processor shred your cheddar cheese,
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once the milk mixture is steaming (not boiling) add in your cheese – leave about a handful for topping.  Stir slowly, and once combined add in your elbow noodles. Salt and pepper to taste.
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Pour your macaroni and cheese into little ramekins and top with remaining cheese.  Easy Macaroni and Cheese
Toss them in to the oven under a broiler so that the cheese can melt and enjoy! (You can also add breadcrumbs to the top – I just prefer cheese alone)
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I can’t get over how easy this recipe is.  What makes it even easier is using a food processor.  I used to use a handheld shredder and ended up with mushed handled chunks of cheese that would just be tossed.  Thankfully with my KitchenAid food processor there’s only a few bits that sometimes get left behind.  No worries, it melts just the same.

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39 Responses to “Easy Macaroni and Cheese”

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    Cat Davis — April 1, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    Oh that looks great! Thanks to you I’ve been using my counter top oven a whole lot more.

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    HilLesha — April 1, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    I love mac & cheese!

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    LightInEveryday — April 1, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    Yum!! Looks delicious! Now I want macaroni and cheese!

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    ♥ Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins ♥ — April 2, 2012 @ 2:11 am

    My daughter Mia loves Macaroni and Cheese. Considering that this looks good, I’m definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

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    Kathleen — April 2, 2012 @ 2:15 am

    That looks so good and I could definitely go for a bowl right now!

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    Dawn — April 2, 2012 @ 2:33 am

    That looks good!

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    nicóle — April 2, 2012 @ 2:47 am

    Yum!

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    Karen — April 2, 2012 @ 3:46 am

    Yummy!!

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    MyFudo™ — April 2, 2012 @ 4:49 am

    Lovely! I love cheesy recipes… A must try!

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    April Decheine — April 2, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    My daughter would love this!

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    Megan — April 2, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    I love mac and cheese too! Oh yum!

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    Lilac City Momma — April 2, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    This looks really good, thanks! What’s funny is I have had my food processor for almost two years, and JUST pulled it out last week to shred cheese. I didn’t realize how easy it really is and saves you money!

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    Magnolia Mom — April 2, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    This looks so good!! I bet my husband would love it with a little bit of bacon mixed in!!

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    Penelope (NYC Mom Blogger) — April 2, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    Looks yummy and beautiful photos!

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    Billie — April 2, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    This looks delicious. I don’t have a food processor, but I could buy shredded cheese.

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    Maryann — April 2, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    I made GF Mac and cheese and my boys didn’t eat it! I thought it was yummy.

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    Tricia Nightowlmama — April 2, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    oh the kids love mac and cheese

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell — April 2, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious, but I’m super lazy so I would buy the bagged already shredded cheese. ;)

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    Debra Pearlstein — April 3, 2012 @ 6:11 am

    This looks so good – late at night and I would still love some :).

    debra @strangedazeindeed

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    Anne - Mommy Has to Work — April 3, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    Love me some mac and cheese!

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    Simply Being Mommy — April 4, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    That mac ‘n cheese looks so tasty!

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    Toni Patton — April 5, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

    Okay I love the simplicity of this recipe!

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    Canadian Mom Blogger — April 6, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Yum…I crave mac and cheese and I’m not even pregnant, lol.

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    Mama B — April 29, 2012 @ 5:29 am

    OMG SOOOO yummy!!!!!

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    Theresa — April 30, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    Oh my goodness! That looks SO good!

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    Jenn — May 1, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    This is Hubs’ favorite food…yes he’s 9. :) Thanks! I’ll make it for him.

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    Momstart — May 9, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    wow that looks so good

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    Megan — May 11, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

    Yummy, yummy!

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    Stefanie — May 19, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    That mac & cheese looks so good right now!

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    Tammy — June 1, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    My kids love Mac N’ Cheese.

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    The Rebel Chick — July 8, 2012 @ 12:49 am

    Yum, this looks so good!

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    April Decheine — August 20, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    I want to make this, never have made homemade mac and Cheese.

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    Elaina (A Time Out for Mommy) — August 24, 2012 @ 2:04 am

    Looks delish!

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    Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com — August 26, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    Homemade mac n cheese is the best!

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    Lolo @ Crazy About My Baybah — September 10, 2012 @ 1:31 am

    This is making me so hungry for mac and cheese.

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    Toni Patton — October 4, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    I think I need to find some mac N cheese for lunch now LOL.

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    Rusthawk — December 2, 2012 @ 2:56 am

    this look delicious …and so simple to make. I will have to try it!

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    Lisa — December 26, 2012 @ 6:44 am

    That is the easiest recipe I’ve ever seen for Mac & Cheese. I can’t wait to try it!

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    Meghan — December 31, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    Looks super yummy!

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