easy 3 ingredient one pot mac and cheese

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get ready for busy  back-to-school season with this easy 3 ingredient one pot mac and cheese

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My kids went back to school this week. It’s only been two days, and it already feels like we were never on summer vacation. I miss the sleeping in, but it feels good to be back on a normal schedule. Carpool, homework, football practice, countless papers to sign. And then there are the lunches to pack.

Honestly, not my most favorite of activities, especially with a fussy eater. But after years of trial and error in the lunch packing business, I think I found a system that works.

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Stella made a list of all the things she would like in her lunch, and we choose one or two things from each area each day. A drink, a sweet treat like these brown butter chocolate chip cookies, 2 or 3 fruits and veggies, and the main event. Some days she’ll take a sandwich, preferably grilled, a quesadilla with cheese and veggies, but her favorite is this easy 3 ingredient one pot mac and cheese.

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Made with only three ingredients and done in less than 20 minutes, I can make a big pot for dinner, and then save the leftovers for a few weekday lunches. It is the perfect back-to-school meal. Most importantly it is fussy eater approved.

easy 3 ingredient mac and cheese

easy 3 ingredient one pot mac and cheese


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups of elbow macaroni (or other small shaped pasta)
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • in a large saucepan ( I use my dutch oven)bring the milk and pasta to a boil over medium heat - stir frequently to prevent the pasta from clumping
  • continue to stir while boiling  until the pasta is tender and the milk has thickened -about 4 minutes
  • remove from the heat, and stir in the shredded cheese
adapted from the food network

I love to add cayenne pepper to my mac and cheese, but for the kids I leave it out. This mac and cheese is also delicious when you  stir in roasted veggies like broccoli and cauliflower. Of course Stella prefers hers with just cheese. Lots and lots of Horizon cheese.

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