Creamy One-Pot Mac & Cheese
- SERVES: 6–8
- PREP: 5 minutes
- TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes
You’re only 15 minutes away from cheesy greatness.
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
tablespoon kosher salt
pound medium shell pasta
- 2 ½
cups (9 ounces) freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
slices (4 ounces) American cheese
- 1 ½
teaspoons Dijon mustard
teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
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Grab the slotted spoon to stir and al dente-test pasta, the spatula for slicing and serving quiche and crumbles, and the spoon for everything else. Carved from olive wood that ages beautifully, these utensils also level up a tablescape—use them for serving salad, spicy slaw, and spaghetti. Olive wood has a natural oil finish, for stain resistance, a little shine and a lot of use. Use the flat, spatula-style utensil to divvy and serve quiche, brownies, berry crumbles and other treats best served warm.
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