One Pot Mac and Cheese is an easy recipe for a busy weeknight dinner. Homemade mac and cheese is so easy to make when the pasta, cheesy sauce and breadcrumb topping are all cooked in the same skillet!
I have an admission to make. Back in the day, I actually loved the macaroni and cheese with the powdered cheese mix that came in that blue box.
Sorry to disappoint y'all. But have no fear! I upgraded to the blue box with the prepared cheese sauce in the pouch that you just squeezed into the pasta, so easy!
Yes, it's true and I just cannot deny my past anymore. But I did finally come to my senses and began making my mac and cheese from scratch. That way I could control what goes into my bowl of cheesy pasta. And you should too!
I've made it super easy for you with this creamy stovetop mac and cheese recipe with the pasta, cheesy sauce and breadcrumb topping all cooked together in the same skillet!
And the secret ingredient that makes it rich and delectable? It’s evaporated milk!
I promise that my one pot mac and cheese with evaporated milk will make you forget all about that boxed pasta with the powdered cheese.
Oh, and did I mention the finishing touch? Buttery breadcrumbs. You're welcome!
So please forgive me for my past shortcomings...but we all have to start somewhere!
Luckily we are all ending up in a really good place together with a fabulous homemade One Pot Mac and Cheese that will be a family favorite in no time at all!
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
- Prefer a milder cheese? Use mild shredded cheddar cheese
- Stir in crumbled crispy bacon
- Use seasoned Italian breadcrumbs
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Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- seasoned panko breadcrumbs
- evaporated milk
- cavatappi pasta
- Worcestershire sauce
- spicy brown mustard
- extra sharp cheddar cheese
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Melt butter over medium-high heat in large skillet with tall sides.
Add breadcrumbs and cook until golden and toasted. Reserve.
In same skillet bring water, evaporated milk. cavatappi, Worcestershire and mustard to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, uncovered, 12 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
Stir in shredded cheddar and cook on low, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted and a sauce has formed.
Sprinkle with reserved toasted breadcrumbs.
Makes 4 servings.
First Published: April 10, 20187.. Last Updated: September 2, 2020