Five seconds is all that it takes to pour in the cream with this no fuss one-pot pasta dish that doesn't even require draining. It's so fast and easy, you can prepare any day magic any time. The cream, milk and Canadian cheese make a fabulous sauce - your kids'll love Mondays!

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Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot, heat water and cream over medium heat until steaming. Stir in macaroni and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 8 min, stirring often, or until macaroni is almost tender.

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  • Whisk flour, mustard and pepper into milk; stir into pot. Increase heat to medium; cook, stirring, for 3 to 5 min or until sauce is thickened.

  • Remove from heat; stir in cheese until melted.

  • Season to taste with salt.

Tips

Add extra nutrition by using whole wheat macaroni, adding shredded vegetables with the milk and/or drained canned tuna or chopped fresh tomatoes after stirring in the cheese.

Nutrition Facts

468 calories; protein 21.1g; carbohydrates 50.4g; fat 19.8g; cholesterol 59.4mg; sodium 280.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (33)

Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2013
It really was that easy! All my attempts at mac and cheese are never as creamy and cheesey as I like them! I've just added some bread crumbs to it and put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes, just because I have the time. My daughter grabbed her bowl before that. Can't believe it was so simple. Thank you!!! Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2013
it really was this easy. I used whole milk instead of cream, added a little bit more noodles than called for, and didn't add the mustard. kids loved it. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2013
This is a great recipe. The mac and cheese was very smooth and creamy as well. I did make some changes to the recipe. I used 2 cups of water and 1 cup of whole milk instead of the cream. For the cheese, I used one cup of havarti and one cup of sharp cheddar. I added a bread crumb and butter mixture to the top after transferring this to a greased pan and baked it for about 15 minutes, but that was just because I had extra time. It would have been great either way. Read More
(14)
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Rating: 2 stars
04/02/2013
Bland,Flavorless Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2013
It was very fast and easy to make. I love how cheesy and stuck together it is, however the taste is lacking a little Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2014
Guess what? DBF had seconds. Seconds! He doesn't like mac n cheese! So, changed the following....wasn't sure what 10% cream was, I used half and half and had no issues. My milk was 2% if it matters. I used a 13.8 oz box of Dreamfields elbows, and there was plenty of saucy goodness. I used run of the mill pre shredded sharp cheddar, and added 3 strips of chopped bacon at the end. Was generous with seasonings (did add some paprika and a teensy bit of nutmeg) but really just wanted comfort food, and this is IT! So happy I tried this recipe :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2013
My daughter's new favorite Mac and cheese! I didn't have any cream on hand, so I used 2% milk, still turned out incredibly creamy and delicious. Next time, im going to throw a batch in the smoker.Recipe is so much quicker than the classic way, and less dishes to wash! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2013
This made exactly what I was in the mood for today! I'll add one note for others: I don't normally have cream in my fridge (and didn't today either), but it's quite easy to substitute, especially in this recipe where the percentage is specified. I melted 2 tablespoons of butter and mixed in 7 ounces of skim milk. Also, definitely do 12 ounces of macaroni by volume, not weight. This tripped me up at first, but is a minor issue. Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2015
I love this recipe although I added a few more spice so had more flavour. Also bacon cuz my husband loves it! Read More
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