Easy Mac and Cheese

anti easy mac

I swear this rambling is going to get to a point….and a recipe.

Parenting styles.  Seems like there is a new one every week.  I hope to avoid becoming any type of parenting caricature…tiger, helicopter… by embracing the things that work for me and creating my own style.  That may mean…and this may sound crazy…that I don’t tell Lib she has to share her toys, books, and what have you.  What if I teach her the value of taking turns so that she understands you don’t automatically get something just because you want it?  How about if I get her to understand that sometimes you have to wait your turn?  And that she also don’t have to give something up just because someone else also wants it.  They also need to wait their turn.  Crazy right?

How many ideas sounded crazy at first?  Electricity? Cars? Flight?  Once upon a time they were fringe ideas.  Now they are taken for granted as being universally true and necessary.  And dare I say, they make life easier.  As someone who is for things that make life easier…I’m down with all that.

I am also down with mac and cheese.  Not that mac and cheese is revolutionary in any way.  But we have come to expect it to be quick and easy.  It is even packaged in uber easy single servings.  Here comes the crazy.  Single serve mac and cheese can be easy even when you make it from scratch.

Crazy? Universally true and necessary?  You decide.

Easy Mac and Cheese

Adapted from The Salt

BAH Note:  If you have more than one mouth waiting to get some of this, go ahead and double the recipe.  And even if you only have one mouth waiting for this, you still might want to make a double batch.  If you don’t tell, I won’t judge.

  • 1/4 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon flour

Combine the macaroni and water in a medium size microwave safe bowl, preferably one with handles.  Microwave on high for 4 to 8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, until the pasta is almost al dente.  If your pasta starts to dry out before it is done cooking, add an additional two tablespoons of water and continue cooking.

Add the milk, cheese, and flour to the bowl and stir to combine.  Microwave in 30 second increments until the cheese, milk, and flour have turned into a sauce.  Taste for seasoning and add kosher salt to taste.

{printable recipe}

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9 Responses to Easy Mac and Cheese

    • Wendi says:

      Trying to be. I have a bunch of recipes to post…it’s just finding the time to write them that is elusive. Cooking certainly is not what it used to be at my house…there’s nothing fancy coming out of my kitchen these days. But it’s real. So hopefully I can get back into a groove with everything.

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  1. Brooke M says:

    I love me some cheesy macaroni… and Wendipants. :)

    • Wendi says:

      The cheesy macaroni really doesn’t get much easier than this. And I say there’s nothing wrong with that because these days I take easy where I can get it.

  2. We love mac and cheese, so I’m trying this!

    • Wendi says:

      Kitch, I have a sneaky feeling that I will be making this recipe quite a bit once Libby really gets into table food. Hope your Minxes like it.

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  3. I saw this title in my email box before leaving for work this morning. All day long my brain has drifted to macaroni and cheese. I’ve done this with leftover pasta, but I never thought to put in the flour to make it the real deal. Very clever!

    • Wendi says:

      Bloody brilliant idea. And here I thought that this was about as easy a recipe for mac and cheese as you could get.

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