Super Simple Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Looking for the ultimate kid friendly weeknight meal? Try this Super Simple Creamy Macaroni and Cheese. You’re little ones will be so excited, they may even forget about the boxed stuff.
Growing up my mom made the best (and I’m not exaggerating here) the best homemade macaroni and cheese casserole. I know, many of you may cringe at the word casserole, while others may love the word. It’s one of those love it or hate it kinda words. I only refer to her macaroni and cheese as a casserole because she completed her macaroni and cheese by putting it a 9 x 13 in dish, topping it with extra cheese and cooking it until it got all nice and browned and bubbly. OMG, it was the best!
But even though I loved her homemade mac and cheese (I’ll share the recipe one day soon) as a kid, I was still excited every time she made the boxed stuff. What can I say, I had the blue box blues. 🙂
Does anyone else remember that awesome commercial?
Yes, Kraft was our choice of boxed macaroni and cheese.
Now that I’m a mom, I too make homemade macaroni and cheese, but I also buy the boxed stuff, because (I’m not going to lie) it’s easier. And for the amount of times my toddler wants mac and cheese, I’d run out of cheese! If he had it his way, he’d eat it for breakfast everyday! 🙂
Nowadays, I buy Annie’s brand. My kids didn’t get to grow up seeing the catchy Kraft commercial, so they’re partial to the cute bunnies instead.
But the other day the worst happened! My son begged for mac and cheese for lunch and to his horror, we didn’t have any. Oh man!
So, I looked for something else for lunch when I spied heavy cream in the refrigerator.
I thought, hmm, didn’t have any plans for this, why not use it to make macaroni and cheese? I had all the other ingredients, why not?
The result — the creamiest macaroni and cheese I’ve ever made!
My son, at first disappointed by the lack of the boxed variety, was super happy with his lunch.
My daughter ate three servings! She couldn’t get enough! 🙂
Now, I didn’t bake this macaroni and cheese like my mom did. I simply made the sauce and stirred it with the pasta. It’s actually quite simple. Sure, it’s more work than the boxed variety but it tastes so much better! And you get a lot more food.
I have three kids, they’re young, but they’re growing, and one box of Annie’s mac and cheese just isn’t enough. I also serve it with something else.
When you make it from scratch, you control how much you make. And like I said before, it’s actually not difficult. As long as you stick to this ratio 1:1:1, you’ll never fail.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup milk (or cream in this case)
- Then add your cheese. Start with 1 cup, taste, and go from there.
If you want to make more, just increase the numbers. It’s so simple, so tasty, honestly, I don’t know why kids love the boxed stuff so much!
Once you make the homemade version, like this Super Simple Creamy Macaroni and Cheese, It’s so thick, creamy and delicious, maybe you won’t refer to it as a “kids” meal anymore.
One thing I love about homemade macaroni and cheese is the versatility. A sharp cheddar cheese makes a delicious simple mac and cheese but if you want to create a fancier dish, mix up the cheeses. So many cheeses taste delicious in macaroni and cheese, my Mascarpone Mac and Cheese can get you started on the mac and cheese adventure!