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One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese

One Pot Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

A one pot creamy macaroni and cheese recipe with no roux required!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Creamy Macaroni and Cheese, Macaroni and Cheese No Roux
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 400 kcal


  • 12 ounces Rotini Pasta
  • 2 cups 2% Milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 1.5 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Course Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cups Shredded Gouda Cheese Freshly shredded is best. Preshredded cheese has stabilizers which will effect texture.
  • 1/2 cup Colby Jack Cheese Freshly shredded is best. Preshredded cheese has stabilizers which will effect texture.


  1. Pour 12 ounces of pasta, milk, water, salt, pepper and butter into a sauce pan. Bring to a low simmer. Do not boil. The mixture should be at a slow bubble.

  2. Allow the mixture to cook for about 10 minutes until the liquid is almost absorbed and the pasta has just a little bite left to it. You don't want it to be over cooked.

  3. Move the pasta off of the heat and stir in the cheese. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. You'll notice from the pictures I love tons of black pepper in my cheese sauce. Add a little more milk 2 tbsp. at a time if you need to thin it out as this mixture will thicken as it sets.

Recipe Notes

I highly recommend freshly grated cheese for this recipe. Cheeses that are pre-grated have stabilizers in them that will give the sauce a more gritty texture. It's fine to use them, but don't be surprised if your cheese sauce isn't as smooth.

It's also super important to measure the ingredients for this. The reason this method works is that the pasta soaks in the water/milk mixture. You have to have the right ratios to make this happen.

I found rotini to work the best. Should you use other pasta shapes with varied cooking times know that your results may be effected.

Any combo of cheeses you like is fine, but  I recommend that one be a good melting cheese like Gouda or Fontina.


Nutrition Facts
One Pot Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Carbohydrates 46.9g16%
Protein 19.7g39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.