This is the easiest mac and cheese you’ll ever make. Seriously. I think it rivals the box in both taste and simplicity.
Food is a great comforter. There is just something about the connection between our taste buds and our brain that can do wonders. I don’t pretend to understand it, but the right foods can make us feel better when the rain has spoiled our parade, when the dog has eaten our homework, when no one likes us and we’re tempted to go eat worms.
I grew up on mac and cheese from a box. And quite frankly, I still love it. Whether’s it’s a fun Italian take like my Alfredo Mac and Cheese or made in the Instant Pot like this Easy Mac & Cheese in the Instant Pot recipe. About once a year I will buy a box and eat the whole thing myself. Not because I’m such a glutton, but because my family doesn’t care for boxed mac and cheese.
There are some foods that are generally known to bring comfort, like chicken noodle soup or macaroni and cheese. Usually, “comfort foods” involve a few fattening ingredients and leave your belly feeling full. And they always taste great!
One of my favorites is this Mac and Cheese recipe that FishPapa and I have been making forever. In our newlywed days, we could easily eat the whole batch ourselves. Now, we restrain ourselves and share some with the kids.
This Mac and Cheese recipe is very easy, very make-ahead, and it freezes well also. What more could you ask for?
Easiest Mac and Cheese Recipe
- 12 oz elbow macaroni or penne pasta, cooked according to package directions and drained
- 8 oz sour cream
- 8 oz cheddar cheese cubed
- black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large pot of salted, boiling water, cook the noodles until al dente, according to package directions. Drain.
- While the pasta is cooking, in a large mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, cheese cubes, and salt and pepper. Stir in the drained noodles.
- Spoon this mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.
What’s YOUR favorite comfort food?
Can’t wait to see what you cook up on a rainy day!
This post was originally published on January 22, 2009.