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One Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe (How to Make Mac and Cheese)

One Pot Mac and Cheese

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Quick and easy one pot mac and cheese recipe, made with simple ingredients on stovetop. It's a delicious 30 minute weeknight meal and super cheesy & creamy!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 300
Author Abeer


  • 1.5 cups Milk Whole
  • 1 3/4 cups Water
  • 8 oz Small pasta E.g. macaroni, ditalni, small shells, Uncooked
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger powder
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp Butter Unsalted
  • 1.5 cups Cheddar cheese Shredded
  • 1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese Shredded


  • In a large nonstick pot, add milk, 1 cup water, pasta, salt, pepper, garlic powder, mustard, butter and mix.
  • Cook over medium high heat, mixing frequently to prevent pasta from sticking to the pot OR forming lumps OR boiling over. 
  • Continue cooking until until pasta is fully cooked (usually takes about 10 minutes). If the pasta is still not fully cooked, add more water (1/4 cup at a time) 
  • Once pasta is fully cooked, turn off the heat.
  • Stir in cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese and mix until all the cheese is melted into a creamy, cheesy sauce. 
  • Garnish with dried parsley or chives or basil. Enjoy! 


  • Read all my tips above.
  • This tastes best when served fresh but leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 162mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Calcium: 448mg | Iron: 0.3mg