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Creamy mac and cheese made with elbow pasta

One Pot Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Kelli Avila
  • Cook Time: 00:20
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: Pasta


Units Scale
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 16-ounce elbow macaroni
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 8 ounce freshly grated shredded sharp cheddar
  • 4 ounces (about 8 slices) American cheese, chopped (or colby jack)


  1. Add the milk, water and salt to a large heavy pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions, stirring often.
  3. Turn the heat to the lowest setting.
  4. Add in the cayenne, dijon, garlic powder, black pepper, cream cheese, cheddar and American cheese to the pot. Stir to combine until melty, about 5 minutes.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding in additional milk, salt and pepper as necessary. Shut off the heat.
  6. Divide into bowls and serve immediately.

Keywords: One Pot Mac and Cheese