Best Mac N Cheese Recipe

This is the best mac n cheese recipe. It comes together in about 15 minutes, uses wholesome basic ingredients, and most importantly, your kids will love it!

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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.

Best Mac N Cheese Recipe

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, 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.

How to Make The Best Mac N Cheese Recipe:

To make this mac n cheese you're going to start off by boiling your pasta on the stove according to the package directions. When the pasta is cooked you'll drain off all of the liquid, and then add in the butter and stir until it's all melted and combined. When the butter is melted mix in the milk. Finally, stir in your cheese until it's melted and well combined!

Storing Mac N Cheese Leftovers:

Leftovers are good in the fridge for up to three days when stored in an airtight container. You can reheat your leftovers in the microwave by heating your mac n cheese uncovered for 30 seconds to 1 minute. 

Best Mac N Cheese Recipe

Best Mac N Cheese Recipe
Yield: 4
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 20 Min
This is the best mac n cheese recipe. It comes together in about 15 minutes, uses wholesome basic ingredients, and most importantly, your kids will love it!


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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