One-pot mac and cheese

I posted a video on my Instagram and Facebook the other day of the amazingly cheesy mac and cheese that has replaced our normal and ‘boring’ mac and cheese, and had a couple of people ask me for the recipe. Well, confession, I got it from Food Network’s video on Facebook!

The video in question is this one:

And the video I posted was this one (mmm, look at all that stringy cheese!):

Now, I pretty much stick to the recipe, but I could not resist making my own changes, too (as well as not follow the exact proportions – because I am a rebel like that).

So here is our very simple and amazingly delicious take:

What you will need

  • Macaroni (or any other kind of pasta you want to use)
  • Milk (enough to cover the pasta)
  • Good quality cheddar (I like mature cheddar)
  • Mozzarella
  • Cream cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

I would just use your discretion when it comes to the amounts, as I add a lot more cheese than Food Network’s video suggests, and do not measure out the milk. I rather just cover the pasta enough and add more if needed.

What you need to do

  1. Add the pasta and milk to your pan and when it starts to boil, stir. Note: remember that milk reacts differently to heat than water, and it will start making a film on the bottom and burn. To avoid this happening, stir regularly.
  2. Once your pasta is cooked to your liking (because not everyone likes it the same way) and the milk has thickened, transfer to an easy-to-clean dish. Trust me, this part is important as a pot is a bitch to clean afterwards. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
  3. Once transferred into your easy-to-clean dish, you can start adding your cheddar, mozzarella and cream cheese to your pasta. As your pasta is really hot already, it will start to melt immediately. Stir, stir, stir!
  4. Once everything has melted together, you can serve right away.


  • Pick n’ Pay stock an amazing range of flavoured cream cheeses from Lancewood that come in a wide range of choices. You could choose to use any of those choices – instead of plain cream cheese – to flavour your mac and cheese. Think spring onion and chives, olive and herb, roast onion, sweet onion and more! Also, Simonsberg and Pick n’ Pay have their own ranges too.

So there you have it. Super cheesy one-pot mac and cheese that was inspired by Food Network’s recipe and one that has become a staple in our household. Nom nom…

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  • Reply Sam

    Will be making this on Thursday! Yum! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    June 12, 2017 at 4:42 pm
    • Reply Claire Henderson

      Yay Sam, you’re welcome. Hope it’s absolutely delicious and you enjoy every bite. X

      June 12, 2017 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply Charlie

    We add crispy bacon just because mac and cheese is not complete without it!!

    June 12, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    • Reply Claire Henderson

      Sounds like a good addition to me! Yummy. X

      June 12, 2017 at 5:23 pm

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