Happy Halloween everyone! We hope you have a spooktacular day with plenty of tricks and treats! For today’s Recipe Monday, we will be making Creamy, One Pan Mac n Cheese.
Mac n Cheese is one of those foods that we cannot deny. We love cheese and we love our carbs so Mac n Cheese is one of our all-time favorite foods. We have tried many different recipes for homemade Mac n Cheese, but this one stands out. It is different from other roux-based and egg-based Mac n Cheeses. Both of these styles of Mac n Cheese have a downside.
Roux-based Mac n Cheese tastes pretty good fresh out of the oven. But when you reheat the leftovers the next day, the roux breaks and you are left with cheesy, butter-coated noodles. Not very good in our opinion. Egg-based Mac n Cheese tastes too much like egg and not much like Mac n Cheese at all.
Another wonderful aspect of this recipe is that it all takes place in one pan. It was also extremely quick to make and we had all the ingredients on hand. This recipe is definitely a keeper. It is creamy and cheesy, plus it still tastes delicious and fresh the next day!
To begin, combine 4 cups of milk, 1 t salt and macaroni in a large pan. Heat on medium.
Bring to low boil and stir frequently.
Cook until macaroni is tender and milk is almost all gone. Milk will have curdled slightly, which is good.
Remove from heat and add 2/3 c milk, shredded mozzarella, shredded sharp cheddar, cream cheese, butter, Dijon, and pepper.
Stir to combine. Look at the ooegy gooegy goodness!
Return to heat on low to melt cheeses. Stir frequently. Salt to taste.
Plate and enjoy!
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If you want some spice, you could add a little freshly ground nutmeg or a dash of cayenne. We are Mac n Cheese purists and therefore did not add such invasive ingredients. 😉