Meatless Monday: “Revolutionary” Macaroni and Cheese


Macaroni and cheese is probably my ultimate comfort food. We don’t eat it very often because it’s really not terribly good for you, but every once in a while, you just have to have some macaroni and cheese. Homemade macaroni and cheese is pretty easy and straightforward, but it can take a while and, depending what kind you’re making, can also dirty quite a few pots.  The reason this particular macaroni and cheese is “revolutionary” is because the pasta cooks in the milk, so there’s no need to make a roux/cheese sauce, and everything is done in one pot, which always wins me over. I added a little more milk (umm…and cheese) to the recipe, but otherwise just followed directions and was left with a quick and creamy macaroni and cheese that is a little healthier for you than the standard versions.

While this is not my favorite macaroni and cheese recipe (that would be reserved for baked mac and cheese with a buttery, crispy topping), it definitely has its place as a good, quick, and easy macaroni and cheese. You can use pretty much any cheese, really, and it barely takes any more time or effort than making macaroni and cheese from a box—but it definitely tastes better and you can feel better about its nonprocessed-ness. 🙂 The pasta takes slightly longer to cook, just because it’s cooking at a slow simmer rather than a rapid boil, but you can shred the cheese while it’s cooking, and it’s all done really quickly, making it easy for weeknight dinners. I would definitely recommend buying a block of cheese and shredding it yourself, because the pre-shredded kind generally includes cornstarch and other things to keep it from clumping, and those things can make the texture of macaroni and cheese very gritty. I used a combination of extra sharp cheddar (for flavor) and leftover fontina (melts beautifully). The whole family liked this, and I’ll gladly add a super quick macaroni and cheese recipe to my cookbook!



Meatless Monday: “Revolutionary” Macaroni and Cheese

16 thoughts on “Meatless Monday: “Revolutionary” Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Ooo I definitely how low easy this is!! I always dirty about five million pots and pans when I make mac and cheese so having it all done in one vessel sounds good to me! It really is my ultimate comfort food too.

  2. I love macaroni & cheese but a dairy allergy makes it difficult. I’m going to try your simple take on it with soy milk and cheese, thanks!

    Best wishes for a speedy delivery and healthy mom and baby this week, Elly!

  3. I keep seeing this recipe. Why haven’t I tried it? It looks so, so good. Since it’s so easy to make, it really would be perfect for a busy night when you really need some comfort.

  4. Love this! I used some leftover half and half (from the s’mores pie recipe) and topped it off with skim milk. I also used half colby jack and half extra sharp cheddar. I really like a crumb topping, so when it was ready, I topped it with some bread crumbs and stuck it in the oven for a few minutes. Everyone adored it!

  5. I made it! Easy as it looks and I was happy with how it turned out. A cleaner, healthier substitute for processed choices. Very good!!! To the complainers, it is supposed to be an easy, tasty recipe….not a duplicate of a baked macaroni & cheese!

  6. Really good! I used old cheddar and medium cheddar. I also added bacon and hot sauce, and baked it with panko breadcrumbs! Will be making this again!

  7. This is my new favorite mac n cheese recipe. I love the ease of not dealing with a roux. I used a mix of fontina and sharp cheddar as well. Perfectly creamy without all the hassle.

  8. Scaled this down by half and used veggie pasta with colby jack/cheddar. The directions were spot on with the stirring! Maybe the veggie pasta is starchier but it really got thick after only 8min. I ended up adding about half a cup of water but when the cheese was added it was a bit too sticky and thick. I never said that about mac and cheese before. It wasn’t un-eatable, just not creamy.

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