Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

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I love preparing easy go-to meals for my kids that are full of nutrients, and hit all of the major food groups. One item on our food list that has been a go-to for us our entire lives is farm fresh real dairy milk. Very few food items can match the full nutrient package that is naturally occurring in milk since it contains calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and B vitamins. It even is a high quality source of protein with 8 grams per 8 ounce serving.


I also love that milk has no added sugar. Many non-dairy milks have added sugar to increase the flavor profile, while milk is naturally great tasting on it's own. That's why I love to use 2% milk in my cooking and baking for my kids, along with as a drink to accompany their meals as well.


When I need a quick and easy lunch or dinner idea for the kids, this stovetop macaroni and cheese recipe is my go-to. It comes together with super simple ingredients such as 2% milk, chocolate milk, cheese, pasta, and butter. I usually pair this with some fresh veggies as a side dish, and some chocolate milk if we're having it at lunchtime, and it's a great, easy meal that my kids really love.


Because real milk has a consistent flavor regardless of which type or brand you purchase, it makes it great for cooking since you know what you're going to get each time. Since we always use 2% milk, this mac and cheese recipe turns out great every time!


Ingredients:
8oz Elbow Macaroni
1 1/4 Cups 2% Milk
1 1/2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Tbsp Butter
1 tsp turmeric, optional

Optional seasonings (if desired)
Onion powder
Salt and pepper
Garlic powder
Ground mustard

Directions:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook macaroni according to package directions, stirring occasionally. When your macaroni is cooked al dente, drain it in a colander before putting it back into your pot.

Add the butter to the pasta and stir until the butter is melted and everything is well coated. Next add in your 2% milk and give it a stir. Finally, add in your cheese and stir until everything is thick, creamy, melted, and well combined. If you want your cheese sauce to be thicker or thinner you can vary the amounts of milk and cheese until you get the consistency that works best for you.

My kids like their mac n cheese to be yellow like the boxed varieties, so I add a tsp of turmeric at the end and stir it in so that it looks like the color they're used to. This does no effect the taste at all, but the kids really enjoy it! At this point you can add in any additional seasonings you may like, such as mustard powder, garlic, etc...


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