One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Bowl of macaroni and cheese in a small bowl topped with fresh tomatoes and avocados in a navy bowl

One pot macaroni and cheese is an easy dinner that takes only 30 minutes to make.  It’s kid friendly and a great recipe for them to make with some supervision.  Top it off with fresh veggies for added yumminess.

Bowl of macaroni and cheese in a small bowl topped with fresh tomatoes and avocados in a navy bowl

One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is always delicious.  It’s definitely on the comfort food list and perfect for cold winter nights and chilly days.

I started making one pot macaroni and cheese when my kids were young to swap with the boxed version; not that we didn’t have that too, but just to have a little more control over ingredients most of the time.

This is a great recipe to get the kids in the kitchen so they can start to help make dinner because it’s so easy to make.  The more they are involved in the process, the more they will have confidence in the kitchen as they grow.

I love to top my macaroni and cheese with fresh veggies.  You can obviously use whatever veggies you and your family love, but my new topping love includes fresh avocado slices along with fresh tomatoes.  I actually love all tomatoes, both the red grape tomatoes and/or the yellow cherry tomatoes sliced are my ultimate favorite additions.  

Here is the recipe for you to stir, cook and taste…

One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Bowl of macaroni and cheese in a small bowl topped with fresh tomatoes and avocados in a navy bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 - 16 oz. ditalini pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sweet onions, finely diced
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium to large sauce pan over low heat.
  2. Once the butter is melted, add the onions. Cook the onions over low heat until they begin to soften. Stir frequently and avoid the butter and the onions from browning.
  3. Once the onions have started to cook, add the onion powder, salt, garlic powder and black pepper to the butter. Stir all of the ingredients together well.
  4. Add in 3 cups of milk and increase the heat to a medium heat and bring it to a low boil.
  5. Add in the pasta, stir it into the milk and cover it. Stir frequently and cook until the pasta has cooked through.
  6. Lower the heat temperature. Add in the cheese and additional 1/2 cup of milk. Stir frequently until the cheese is fully melted.

Notes

More on making this easy dinner…

Time Saver:  Purchase pre-shredded cheese.

Recipe Making with Kids!  There are many lessons for children to learn when making recipes.  Here are a few life lessons to focus on with the recipe;

  • Measuring ingredients
  • Stovetop safety
  • Shredding
  • Grater safety
  • Knife skills and knife safety
  • Following directions
  • Preparing fresh vegetables

Looking for more delicious dinner ideas? Check out my Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas.  It’s another easy, but delicious dinner.  You can serve them in flour tortillas or on top of rice, either way they are yummy.

Sheet pan chicken fajitas on a baking sheet cooked with sweet onions, red onions and red, green, yellow and orange bell peppers with grape tomatoes, cooked corn, shredded cheese, rice and avocados for serving

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajita Recipe Link

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