Kids seem to love Mac & Cheese and my kids are no exception. My 11 year old asks for it all the time, but I refuse to cook up boxed Mac & Cheese with powdered yellow cheese–no offense to those that do. So, I whip up this really easy version that takes just as much time as the boxed version does.
Boil water, add a tiny bit of Olive Oil, a small palmful of Salt–optional: add a clove of garlic and a small slice of onion for flavor. Once the water boils, add your pasta.
After you follow your box instructions on cooking your pasta, drain your pasta and throw away the garlic and onion if you used it. I do not like soft soggy pasta, so mine is usually al-dente–meaning it is a bit firm. You can stir your pasta in the colander to make sure they don’t stick or you can wet it with cold water and stir it–if you prefer, but I usually don’t.
In your saucepan, add about 1 cup of milk and 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. (To be honest, I really just eyeball it and taste for flavor. I also always–purposely–under salt my food.) Place your saucepan on medium-low and consistently stir your sauce. Once you notice the cheese is beginning to melt, add your pasta.
Stir all the ingredients together and if you like extra cheese, you can always add more. You can even sprinkle Parmesan cheese.