Creamy One-Pot Mac and Cheese: A Comforting Classic with a Cheesy Twist!

Nov 10, 2023 | Main Courses


Prep Time

Cooking Time

10 minutes
15 minutes


  • 8 ounces (230g) elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: crispy bacon, breadcrumbs, chopped parsley


  1. Heat a large pot of salted water over high heat until it boils. Add the elbow macaroni and cook according to package instructions until it’s al dente. Drain the cooked pasta and set it aside.
  2. In the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the milk and stir until it’s warmed through. Be careful not to let it boil.
  3. Gradually add the shredded cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese into the pot, stirring continuously until the cheese is fully melted and the mixture is smooth and creamy. This step requires patience, but the end result is absolutely worth it.
  4. Now, it’s time to infuse some flavor. Add the Dijon mustard, garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir everything together until well combined.
  5. Add the cooked macaroni back into the pot and toss it gently in the cheese sauce until each noodle is well coated. This is where the true magic happens, as the cheese sauce clings to each curve of the pasta, creating a harmonious union of flavors.
  6. If desired, you can add optional toppings to elevate the dish. Crispy bacon adds a savory touch, breadcrumbs offer a delightful crunch, and chopped parsley lends a burst of freshness. The options are endless, so let your creativity roam free!
  7. Serve your one pot homemade mac and cheese piping hot, straight from the pot, or transfer it to a cozy casserole dish for a more family-style presentation. This dish is perfect as a main course or as a comforting side to any meal.

Mac and Cheese Ingredients

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Enjoy this timeless classic that brings warmth to your heart, savoring each spoonful of creamy mac and cheese. Share it with loved ones, reminisce about childhood memories, and create new traditions. Remember, mac and cheese is meant to be a personal journey of taste and satisfaction. Feel free to experiment with different cheese combinations, add a touch of heat with some jalapeños, or introduce surprises like diced ham or caramelized onions. Let your culinary creativity shine and make this one pot homemade mac and cheese your own!

Mac and Cheese Cooking Instructions

Until next time, keep creating kitchen masterpieces and savoring life’s flavorful moments.

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