One Pot Macaroni and Cheese cooks is super easy to make, and takes just under 20 minutes to get to the table. That’s the same amount of time that it takes to make the “Blue Box” mac and cheese, but this recipe tastes infinitely better!
About a dozen years ago, I got a job teaching summer school at a private school, here in Pasadena. I taught a cooking class to kids who were in 4th to 8th grade. The food had to be easy and fast, since there were 13 students that I had to teach a kitchen skill to, in an hour every day.
Your mom probably made homemade macaroni and cheese starting with a bechamel sauce, cooking flour and butter, adding milk, then cheese. This one pot mac and cheese is so much easier! The best part is adding whatever kind of cheeses you want. Cheddar? Classic. Goat cheese? Why not? Bleu cheese? Even better!
This recipe is from Cook’s Illustrated, one of my favorite cooking mags. The family loves macaroni and cheese night, so they were thrilled when I had to make it twice because I didn’t like how it looked the first time. I guess that’s the up or down side of blogging depending on your perspective!
If a 5th grader can make one pot macaroni and cheese, so can you!
- 2 large eggs
- 1 can of evaporated milk
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 3/4 pound macaroni use brown rice pasta for gluten free version
- 6 Tbl. butter I use unsalted
- 10 oz. grated cheese about 3 cups (I used sharp cheddar)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mix eggs, evaporated milk, 1/2 tsp salt, cayenne pepper and mustard in a measuring cup or bowl.
Boil macaroni in salted water until nearly done. You want to drain when it's al dente, because you're going to continue cooking it on the stove for a few more minutes.
Returned drained macaroni to pot and add the butter to melt and coat the pasta over a low heat.
Add egg mixture and part of the cheese and stir constantly over low heat, about 7 minutes. Gradually add remaining cheese. Season with salt and pepper. (Try a pinch of white pepper if you have it)
If you want to, you can top it with bread crumbs and bake it, but around here, the forks are usually in the pot "testing", before I can get it on the plate.