Easy Mac and Cheese

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?! I remember how much I’d love the boxed mac and cheese as a kid. We wouldn’t have it too often because both my parents loved making amazing Mediterranean food most days, but when we did, we really enjoyed it. I know there are lots and lots of recipes for mac and cheese with many twists and variations. Today’s recipe is a plain and simple classic version I hope you will enjoy!

I used to be a little intimidated to make this from scratch in the past, but I learned two tricks that really helped me. First, pour your liquid very slowly, and second, I don’t stop mixing while pouring the liquid. So it is helpful to have all your ingredients ready for this part to run smoothly.

Lastly, I know mac and cheese can be on the heavier side, but I always try to keep my recipes as light as possible while still preserving the natural texture and flavor. If you love a classic mac and cheese, you will definitely love my version. Hope you give this one a try!

Prep Time: 5 minutes + time it takes to cook pastaCook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4-5Total Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients
1 packet of elbow macaroni or conchiglie (16 oz)
About 3-4 quarts water for pasta (*This will vary, add enough until pasta is submerged in water)
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 cup milk
1 reserved pasta water
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used mild)
Instructions

1. Bring a large pot to a boil, stir in salt and cook pasta according to packet instructions.
2. Once your pasta is done, reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, drain the remainder of your pasta and set aside. (I use this colander and love it)
3. In a large saucepan on medium heat, melt the butter, then add salt, black pepper, paprika and flour and continuously stir for about 5 minutes. (Your mixture should begin to bubble)
4. Add in milk while pouring in very slowly and mixing simultaneously.
5. Slowly add pasta water while mixing.
6. Add cheese and stir until everything is melted and looks smooth.
7. Add cooked pasta and gently stir until pasta is well combined.
8. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Published by cookingwithrips

Hello and welcome to my site! My name is Rips and I am thrilled to share my passion with you! I am just a girl who loves to bake and cook. It’s one of my favorite things to do and is rewarding in so many ways! It teaches me to be present and helps me relieve stress. I grew up watching both my parents cook the most delicious food you could possibly imagine! Cooking healthy food for each other was something we did for the ones we cared about. Shortly after, I picked up on that habit. I come from a Mediterranean background and I bring that to a lot of my recipes with lots of modern adaptations. I have been baking and cooking for over 15 years and truly find the most joy in it! I also recently wrote and self published my first recipe book called Ripsy's Recipe's on Amazon (I will link below). Ripsy's Recipes has some amazing healthy recipes with gluten free and vegan options that everyone can enjoy. I really wanted to create an easy to follow, non intimidating healthy recipe book for you to love. It truly is my go-to for quick, healthy, easy, delicious meals! The best part of making food is I get to eat it and feed my loved ones. I am very mindful of the ingredients I use in my recipes; at the same time; I still like to indulge in dessert! My dessert recipes are lower in sugar than in any recipe or store bought dessert you will ever find (and they taste amazing). As a result, my family and I get to enjoy it without the guilt. My greatest joy comes from sharing what I make with the people I care about most, and now, you will have access to that too. I hope you try my recipes and love them as much as my family and I do! Namaste Friends!

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