We love mac ‘n cheese at our house, but my kids won’t touch the boxed stuff. Even my five year old yells, “No! Not the orange stuff!” It doesn’t take even one minute longer to whip up the good stuff that to make the boxed stuff, either. Honest! My kids whip this up all the time, by themselves, for lunch.
1. Boil a 16 oz box of pasta, any type.
2. Drain the pasta (we just drain the pasta in the pot so we don’t have to dirty any other dishes. Ultimate lazy, huh?) mostly. It doesn’t matter if there is a bit of water left in the pot.
3. Put the pan back on the burner and turn it to low. Add 1/2 a cube of butter to the pot, along with 2 c. whole milk. The pasta should still be hot so the butter will melt and the milk will warm. Add 8 oz. shredded cheddar, or whatever yummy cheese you have. We also love monterey jack, white cheddar and fiesta blend.
4. Stir until the cheese melts and everything combines. It will be really cheesy and gooey.
Add frozen peas or broccoli with the cheese
Add crisp bacon, crumbled
Add cubed ham
Scoop mac ‘n cheese into a casserole dish, top with buttery breadcrumbs and bake for 10 minutes.
16 oz. box of macaroni or other pasta: $0.99
2 cups whole milk: $0.80
1/2 cube butter: $0.50
16 oz. shredded cheddar: $2.29
less than $0.60 per serving