recipe

This mac and cheese is super creamy, thanks to a secret ingredient! Can you guess what it is?

safety
  • Uses the stovetop
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 30 minutes
yield
  • Serves 4

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Prepare Ingredients

1½ cups
water
1 cup
milk
2 cups (8 ounces)
elbow macaroni
8-10 slices
deli American cheese (4 ounces)
½ teaspoon
Dijon mustard
1 cup
shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

Gather Cooking Equipment

Medium saucepan with lid
Wooden spoon
Oven mitts
1
 
1½ cups
water
1 cup
milk

In medium saucepan, combine water and milk. Bring to boil over high heat.

 
2
 
2 cups (8 ounces)
elbow macaroni

Carefully add macaroni to saucepan and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon, until macaroni is soft, about 7 minutes.

 
3
 
8-10 slices
deli American cheese (4 ounces)
½ teaspoon
Dijon mustard

While macaroni is cooking, tear American cheese slices into small pieces. When macaroni is soft, add American cheese pieces and mustard to saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, until cheese is completely melted, about 1 minute. Turn off heat.

 
4
 
1 cup
shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

Add cheddar and stir until evenly combined. Cover saucepan with lid and let sit for 5 minutes.

 
5
 

Use oven mitts to remove lid. Stir until sauce is smooth (sauce may look loose but will thicken as it cools). Serve immediately.