This is the easiest mac and cheese you’ll ever make. Seriously. I think it rivals the box in both taste and simplicity.
Wondering what to serve with mac and cheese? This is great with Drunken Brats and a crisp salad, but is also good with Roast Vegetables.
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. 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.
The rest of the time I make homemade Mac and cheese. 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, homemade macaroni and cheese is a sure-fire winner.
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 9×13-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?
How about you? What’s your family’s favorite comfort food. There’s bound to be something you enjoy when youare sick, snowed in, or just need a little pick me up. Today’s the day to share it!
Can’t wait to see what you cook up on a rainy day!
This post was originally published on January 22, 2009.
My son is turning 12 tomorrow and he requested this mac n cheese recipe for his birthday dinner. It’s all my kids’ favorite version of it.
Yay! Music to my ears. 😉
This was great and believe me I’ve tried so many ways to make Macc and cheese I dident think there could be anymore but there you go yours pops up and so so easy. I must admit though I could quite get with the small blocks of cheese rather than grated. So I asked Hubby what he though and he said no rather have it grated so it spreads out more rather than little blocks throughout. So maybe I’ll try it sometime just to see the difference. I won’t tell anyone just see what they say. Anyway many thanks for this another great Macc and cheese recipe. So
Yay! So glad it passed the test, even with the cheese cubes. 😉
Have you ever tried this with shredded cheese?
To be exact A brick of cheese that has been shredded. Not the pre shredded bags.
Yes, works just as well.
For a second I thought your name was Jessica Fletcher????…I digress…who doesn’t need another go to Mac and cheese recipe?!?! This one is easy peasy and delish… I added some sautéed onion for a little extra oomph.
I loved Murder She Wrote! 😉
Do you happen to know a rough cup measurement of the noodles? I have a giant bag of noodles and no scale.
Recipe looks awesome! Thanks!
2 cups if you’re using standard elbow noodles
This is my 3 year old daughter’s favorite mac and cheese. I made it yesterday with half sharp cheddar and half monterrey jack – and it is AMAZING.
I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for your feedback!
What do you mean salted water?
Pasta is best cooked in salted water. It not only helps the water boil faster, but it also seasons the noodles.