Miracle Mac and Cheese is a quick and easy way to make creamy macaroni and cheese, in one pot, with only a few ingredients, and no processed cheese!
2 1/4cupsmilk, divided$0.70
2cupsdry macaroni (about 1/2 lb.) $0.65
1cupshredded cheddar cheese $1.25
1tspDijon mustard, optional$0.04
1/4tspsmoked paprika, optional$0.02
10-15cranks fresh cracked pepper, optional$0.02
Combine the dry macaroni and 2 cups of milk in a medium pot. Place a lid on top and bring it up to a boil over medium/high heat while occasionally stirring.
As soon as it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and let simmer, stirring often, until the pasta is tender (about 10 minutes). Make sure to stir often during this process to keep the pasta from clumping or sticking to the bottom of the pot. Promptly replace the lid each time you finish stirring to help hold in the steam.
Once the pasta is soft and has absorbed most of the milk, season with salt, pepper, paprika, and dijon, or the spices of your choice. If the mixture begins to look dry, add the remaining 1/4 cup of milk.
Turn the heat off and stir in the shredded cheese until melted and creamy. Serve immediately.