Life is too short to be stuck cleaning a bunch of dishes...so life needs more one-pot meals. This mac & cheese gets super creamy from cooking the pasta in milk, which turns into a sauce once you add lots of sharp cheddar—freshly shredded ONLY, because the anti-caking agents in pre-shredded cheese will make the texture gummy—and a little American cheese. There are haters out there, but American cheese is what helps make it so luscious and rich, and it helps stabilize the sauce so it doesn’t break. This is easy, fast, and makes a lot, so invite over some friends or treat it as a really decadent “meal prep” for the week.
6 ½ cups whole milk, divided
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 pound medium shell pasta
2 ½ cups (9 ounces) freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
6 slices (4 ounces) American cheese
3 tablespoons butter
1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Gruyère ensures you’re not covering up the flavor that is fresh lob$ter
Easy, cheesy, and nostalgic.
A one-pot meal that brings the flavors of broccoli cheddar soup to comforting baked pasta.