Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lazy Day Mac and Cheese


3-Ingredient Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food made simple. This Lazy Day recipe is so easy to cook, you will be making it all the time. It is utterly creamy and loaded with ooey gooey cheese. Perfect any night. This one pot meal makes for less dish washing and that my friends makes it a home run.

Ever since I first shared our One-Skillet 20-Minute Mac and Cheese with Broccoli, 2 years ago I have been enjoying this quick and easy method of mac and cheese making more nights than not. Now don't get me wrong, Super Simple Mac & Cheese Italian Style is still a family favorite. As a matter of fact. I made it the night I was working on this post. I was so inspired by all the mac and cheese recipes.

I have a culinary confession to make. I have been playing with a lot of different variations of mac and cheese this last year and Munchkin says "Mommy, I don't mean to hurt your feelings. But, I don't like your mac and cheese. Can we have the one in the box?" Ugh!  True confession; I have been battling the box mac and cheese with my 5 year old. It's like a dagger in the heart.

Well, after some playing around I realized she did not like the flavor and texture of the mac and cheese she was associating with 'homemade'. You know the thick and yummy cheese that you think of when it is potluck time.

So, I went back to basics. I stick with familiar cheeses, like mozzarella, Parmesan and cheddar. I also add more milk so the cheese sauce is creamier. SCORE! I got my mac and cheese lover back.

http://amzn.to/2npi3zdThis 3-Ingredient recipe is so easy and creamy. As with any recipe that relies on a few ingredients, make sure those ingredients are the best. For this recipe I picked out my favorite good quality cheese and it really kicks the flavor up a notch!

It's funny but I absolutely love homemade mac and cheese and while we were working on our new cookbook, we developed our new favorite. Our new cookbook {The Simple Kitchen - available to order now} is loaded with 80 new recipes and my new favorite new slow cooker mac and cheese. I slow cooker recipes! I love them so much that we have an entire chapter dedicated to them in our new cookbook The Simple Kitchen!!! Some of my new favorite new quick recipes are in there are you are going to love them!!!

The Simple Kitchen is loaded with more than 75 BRAND NEW recipes and a hand full of family favorites too. 8 chapters with a total of 82 quick and easy recipes that are bursting with flavor!!! Every recipe has a photo that will make your mouth water. It has Perfectly Slow Cooked, One-Pot Wonders, Dinner in a Snap!, Deliciously Simple Desserts and more!!!


With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 


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Jack Daniel's Mac and Cheese is loaded with hickory smoked peppered bacon, tons of ooey gooey smoky cheese and a selection of spices to wake up all your senses.  This is the mac and cheese of your dreams.

Super Simple Mac & Cheese Italian Style is a go to recipe around here. With just 7 ingredients and 15 minutes you can have this fantastic dinner on the table. It is the ultimate left-over and weeknight dinner helper.

One Skillet Meal: 20 Minute Cheese Lovers Mac and Cheese with Broccoli is the easiest and cheesiest macaroni and cheese ever! Toss in rotisserie or left over chicken and you have a whole meal that is a member of the clean plate club in just 20 minutes and all in one skillet!


Lazy Day
Mac and Cheese

8 ounces dried elbow macaroni
24 ounces (3 cups) whole milk
8 ounces finely shredded cheddar cheese
optional, salt and pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan combine milk and pasta. Stir. Bring to a boil slowly over medium heat stirring occasionally. Do not walk away from the stove the milk  Once milk comes to a boil, reduce to simmer until pasta is cooked al dente (cooked but firm to the bite). Sprinkle in cheese and stir until cheese is completely melted. Turn off burner and cover pot while you are cleaning up, about 5-6 minutes to allow sauce to thicken.

Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. (I actually add about 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 teaspoon fresh ground course black pepper).

Serve and enjoy!

DONNA'S NOTES: Use full fat milk in this recipe. If you choose to go with a low-fat (2% or skim milk) you will want to cook more slowly and add in a little corn starch.
Do NOT add salt until the end, adding it too soon will result in a grainy mac and cheese (caused by the milk curdling, which is fine to eat but not as pleasant). For an ├╝ber rich mac and cheese you can use heavy cream or half and half.

Feel free to add spices as desired at the end. A sprinkle of parsley goes a long way for added freshness.

Add your favorite cheeses, I have used sharp cheddar, mild cheddar and extra sharp. I usually use about half sharp and half mild for my perfect flavor. Also note, the pre-shredded cheese you can buy at the store has a corn starch like coating on it that may cause your cheese sauce to be super thick. You can add an extra splash of milk to thin it out a little.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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Originally published 9/13/15


  1. Where can I find a cheese grater like yours, it is amazing!

    1. Hi Cindy! I absolutely love this table grater. Here is a link to buy it: http://amzn.to/1iFtZeA

  2. Mac and cheese simple and delicious, just what we all need in our life.~Carolyn @ Cabot

    1. Thanks Carolyn. Let us know when you try it. It is so easy and amazing!

  3. So much better than the boxed mac & cheese........and it's real cheese, real milk! Also good made with whole wheat pasta.

    1. I am so happy you liked it Trish! Thanks for commenting.

  4. My family doesn't care for al dente (rice or pasta). Ok to cook to soft?

    1. It will cook to soft at the end, its only aldente until you put cheese inthen it continues cooking

    2. Pasta continues to cook once cheese is in, aldente is just for when to add cheese so pasta doesnt over cook

  5. I love Mac and Cheese! Thanks for the easy, quick and convenient recipe!

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianSeptember 27, 2017 at 9:42 AM

      Thanks, Mary! Enjoy!

  6. Replies
    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianNovember 17, 2017 at 10:04 AM

      Awesome! Enjoy and let us know how it goes!!


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