Ridiculously Easy Mac and Cheese

By • January 21, 2010 • 6 Comments


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Author Notes: On nights when we have 20 minutes to fix dinner, this is invariably what I make. Am I embarrassed to say I use individually-wrapped American cheese? Not really. This dish is so easy, your kids can help you, or even make it themselves if they're old enough.mrslarkin

Serves 4 or more

  • 1 lb. elbows, mini shells, mini ziti or your favorite macaroni shape
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 8 - 10 slices individually-wrapped yellow American cheese (yup, the plastic-wrapped kind - a better quality brand if you can find, like Cabot's)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar or cheddar blend (not fat-free)
  • 8 slices crispy bacon, roughly chopped (optional)
  1. Cook pasta al dente. Drain. Set aside.
  2. Heat cream in same pasta pot over medium/low heat. Remove plastic wrap from cheese and add to pot. Stir. Add remaining cheese and stir until melted.
  3. Taste for desired cheesiness. If not cheesy enough, add another slice or two of American cheese. If too thick, add another splash of cream.
  4. Return cooked pasta to pot and mix well with a gentle hand. Scoop into pasta bowls and serve with bacon sprinkled on top, if desired.

Tags: Easy, kid-friendly, macaroni and cheese, One-Pot Wonders, pasta, quick

Comments (6) Questions (0)

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about 1 year ago vvvanessa

Those wrapped cheese slices are a grilled cheese sandwich's best friend. And a mac and cheese's best friend, too. A serious craving for them has just hit me hard.

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about 1 year ago mrslarkin

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Yes, they are awesome. This is what's for dinner tonight!

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

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You had me at Easy and Mac and Cheese, the ultimate comfort meal.

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about 1 year ago mrslarkin

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thanks sdebrango. my kids' most requested meal.

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about 3 years ago Koeiseun

Sounds yummy, I am going to try it this weekend! :-)

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks! We eat a lot of mac and cheese! Hope you like it.