15 Minute Recipe for Macaroni and Cheese (One Pot Mac and Cheese)

A recipe for Macaroni and Cheese in just 15 minutes? Yes, you can make a delicious and easy One Pot Mac and Cheese in no time at all! This simple mac and cheese recipe is so tasty, so cheesy, and can be made in minutes. Welcome to your new go-to meal!

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15 Minute Recipe for Macaroni and Cheese

This 15 Minute Recipe for Macaroni and Cheese is incredibly easy and incredibly tasty. Make dinner easy with this one pot mac and cheese recipe!

There was a time, not long ago, when I literally couldn’t cook a thing. Not one single thing. Not even a simple mac and cheese recipe. My roommate joked that I couldn’t make instant coffee…so it was a very sad situation. I would get nervous when I would babysit because “what if the kids need me to cook dinner?” Looking back, it seems pretty silly.

If I would have learned this one simple recipe a couple years ago, then I might have never gone on this cooking journey. This 15 Minute recipe for Macaroni and Cheese is so easy and so good, I might have decided then that I didn’t need to cook anything else!

This One Pot Mac and Cheese literally takes 15 minutes or less. All you need is the time it takes to boil noodles and add your ingredients, and that is it. Perfect, right? The ingredients sound a bit strange (egg, evaporated milk, mustard), but somehow they all come together to make the best mac and cheese recipe I have ever had!

Make dinner time super easy with this 15 Minute Recipe for Macaroni and Cheese. Cheesy, delicious One Pot Mac and Cheese to the rescue!

 

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The best mac and cheese recipe

Easy and Quick One Pot Mac and Cheese

Why bother with boxed mac and cheese when you can make this recipe for macaroni and cheese from scratch in 15 minutes or less? It’s a no-brainer! The ingredients in this simple mac and cheese recipe blend together perfectly to create something soooo creamy and cheesy. I can’t get enough of it!

This is perfect for dinner or as a side dish. Any time you need a quick and easy meal for your family or just for yourself, make this one pot mac and cheese in no time. You’ll want to make this every single night, so be warned: it’s addicting!

Mac and cheese on a fork, above a bowl of macaroni

Recipe for macaroni in cheese made in just 15 minutes

How to Make Macaroni and Cheese in 15 Minutes

One pot mac and cheese in 15 minutes…without a box? Some recipes just seem to good to be true, but I promise this one is REAL and REALLY easy. This is my favorite recipe for macaroni and cheese simply because I can make it when I’m in a rush and need something quick to fill me up. Plus it’s super yummy!

How to Make 15 Minute Mac and Cheese:

  1. Cook macaroni noodles according to package instructions.
  2. Combine the rest of your ingredients (except butter) in a bowl.
  3. Melt butter in the microwave.
  4. When noodles are done, turn off heat, drain noddles and return to pot.
  5. Stir butter into the noodles.
  6. Add the other mixture into the pot of macaroni, and turn heat on to low.
  7. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring slowly.

This recipe for macaroni and cheese shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes, possibly less depending on how long your noodles take. Cheesy, creamy, and easy! See the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

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Best Mac and Cheese Recipe

This simple mac and cheese recipe just became my new favorite meal! And to make it even better, you could change it up and make this recipe in so many different ways. Try adding various cheeses, pop in some tomatoes, or add chicken or shrimp to take it up a notch. A great base recipe that you can make your own is a wonderful thing. Use whatever ingredients your family loves. This is definitely the BEST mac and cheese recipe if you ask me!

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Comfort food is best when it only takes 15 minutes to make. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this simple recipe for macaroni and cheese!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make One Pot Mac and Cheese (in 15 minutes). Enjoy!

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5 from 2 votes
A recipe for Macaroni and Cheese in just 15 minutes? Yes, you can make a delicious and easy One Pot Mac and Cheese in no time at all! This simple mac and cheese recipe is so tasty, so cheesy, and can be made in minutes. Welcome to your new go-to meal!
15 Minute Recipe for Macaroni and Cheese
A recipe for Macaroni and Cheese in just 15 minutes? Yes, you can make a delicious and easy One Pot Mac and Cheese in no time at all! This simple mac and cheese recipe is so tasty, so cheesy, and can be made in minutes. Welcome to your new go-to meal!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese
Servings: 4
Calories: 562 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. macaroni noodles
  • 3/4 cup 6 oz. evaporated milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp smooth dijon mustard
  • 1/8 t nutmeg
  • 1 t dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 4 T butter
  • 2 cups shredded cheese we used 1 1/2 cup mexican blend as well as 1/2 cup bellavitano sartori chai tea cheese. from hyvee. you could use any sartori cheese or gruyere to give it an extra kick. if you can't find those, any shredded cheese will work. use the kind you like best
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions to al dente.
  2. While you're cooking the noodles, combine everything except the butter in a medium sized bowl and set aside.

  3. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl and set aside.

  4. Once noodles are done, drain and return to the pot (turn off heat) add butter and stir to coat the noodles.

  5. Add the egg mixture to noodles and turn the heat to low. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes, until mixture thickens and cheese is melted.

  6. Serve immediately. (it will thicken and dry out if you wait too long)
  7. enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
15 Minute Recipe for Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 562 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 1118mg 47%
Potassium 329mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 18.1%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 43.3%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Joseph
I have always made a mac and cheese recipe similar to this. I use New York white cheddar, sharp cheddar, a small amount of Velveeta for creaminess and Gruyere. I also use heavy cream. I will definitely use your recipe for now on because it is quicker and cheaper. I just can't justify spending $35 on cheese when it's just for Cash and I. :)
    becky gall hardin
    Yours sounds good too! And yeah I hear you on saving money. Eating for one or two is so expensive and our leftovers always seem to go to waste. The cheaper the better. Cash is so cute :)
    becky gall hardin
    I am sure cash appreciates the $35 mac and cheese :)
karen @ offthemeathook
Thanks for the kind words - I'm glad you like the recipe and your changes look delicious. Happy new year!
Lynne
Does the egg curdle or cook stringy when you add the mix to the hot pasta? I am quite keen to try this as I like using proper ingredients instead of " can of cream of this soup or "envelope of that dressing" etc. :-)
    becky gall hardin
    no it was very smooth and creamy for us. I hope you give it a try! let me know how you like it!! thanks so much for stopping by :)
sera
I am keen to try this recipe, but was wondering how many servings it made? thanks :)
Geek Squad
This is very easy to cook and less time-consuming. When I am in hurry I always prefer this dish. Thanks for sharing.
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