Delicious and Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

The only mac and cheese recipe you'll ever need- no funny ingredients, minimal effort and grand on taste!


  1. Boil the macaroni for 4 minutes or until half-cooked (salt the water!)
  2. In a medium saucepan heat the half-and-half with cayenne, salt and pepper. Add macaroni and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese and cook on medium heat until the cheese melts. Pour into a buttered casserole and top with remaining cheese.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 15 minutes until the cheese melts.
Most Helpful

Great basic recipe to get a creamy mac and cheese! For an extra "wow" factor, I'd do the following modifications:

- Cook the macaroni till it's mostly done, but still a little firm ("al dente")

- Instead of pouring the macaroni into the half/half mixture, pour it into a separate bowl and mix in half a stick of butter and a couple eggs till the pasta is coated throughout

- Pour the heated half/half and cheese mixture over the pasta and mix thorougly

- Pour into the buttered casserole dish and bake

MsErinT November 29, 2012

My boyfriend and I both loved this dish! We each had seconds! I used about 8 ounces of bow-tie pasta and boiled my pasta until still firm to the bite. This is a definite keeper and I'm making this again soon!

TreeSquirrel December 06, 2009

This was very easy and delicious! I thought the texture was a little grainy but the flavor totally made up for it. I used fat free half-and-half. I also cooked the pasta a little past half (6 min) as I was afraid of it not getting done with the small amount of additional cook time; the pasta ended up perfectly cooked. Thanks for the recipe!

flower7 February 21, 2009