One Pan Macaroni and Cheese makes it a breeze to prepare homemade mac & cheese at home with a no-boil, one pan recipe.
During my conversation with Katie Dellar of Nu-Dream Dairy, she mentioned that one of her favorite dairy-rich recipes is macaroni and cheese. Katie is totally my people. Obviously. Whether it’s serving a bowl of creamy, comforting memories with Grandma’s Mac and Cheese, the sassy, spiced chorizo variety of Queso Mac and Cheese, the toddler-inspired slow cooker Creamed Corn Macaroni and Cheese, or even sneaking in a little hidden nutrition, as with my Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, tender pasta paired with creamy cheese sauces are my “spirit animal” foods.
Katie relies on her simple, no boil recipe because it’s easily assembled in about 15 minutes, then baked. I’m a big fan of recipes that combine real food ingredients, yet require minimal preparation time. As a fellow mom of four kids, Katie understands the necessity of multi-tasking when it comes to meal time. The meal comes together quickly, giving Katie time to finish chores in the barn while the cheesy mac bakes.
During our conversation, Katie rattled off the rough ingredient ratios that she typically uses in her recipe. She then gave me her blessing to experiment a bit while nailing down exact measurements to “make it pretty enough to share” here on the blog. How could I not?
One Pan Macaroni and Cheese is easily adapted to include a variety of favorite cheeses. One thing that Katie and I are both adamant about is using freshly grated, good quality cheeses. This creates the best tasting macaroni and cheese. The additives that prevent pre-shredded cheeses from sticking together hinder the cheese from melting to its full potential. One Pan Macaroni and Cheese isn’t quite as creamy as a recipe that uses a roux and separately boiled noodles. However, the results still yield a cheesy, carbalicious bowl of macaroni and cheese with little effort. And even better, there are fewer dishes to wash.
One Pan Macaroni and Cheese is a delicious, easy way to satisfy comfort food cravings on a busy weeknight. Give it a try!
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