3 Ingredient Mac and Cheese

by Merissa on April 6, 2011

in Recipes


This has become a new staple at our house. It's so easy to make and only takes 3 things!

What you need:

  • Cheese
  • Cream
  • Noodles

Cook up the noodles and drain them. I usually use elbow macaroni but if you have another kind of hand instead, just use that. The amount of noodles you make will depend on how much cream and cheese you will add. I usually make about 3/4 bag of noodles and I add around 1/4 c. cream and 1 1/2 c. cheese. Add in the cream and stir and then add in the cheese. I like to use a nice extra sharp cheddar(I use Tillamook Cheese). Stir in the cheese well, the hot noodles should melt it until it's nice and smooth. You may need to add a little salt for flavor. That's it! enjoy!


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1 Lynn Pridgen April 6, 2011 at 10:26 am

This sounds yummy, but could you be a little more specific about the amount of noodles and the type of cream. Do you use half and half or whipping?




2 Merissa April 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm

It’s a very throw together type of recipe. I used about 12 ozs of pasta. And I use heavy cream.


3 Lynn Pridgen April 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Thanks, that gives me a clue.


4 Ronda Kaufman September 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

this is the way I grew up eating mac n cheese. I also make it with spaghetti noodles and my oldest son and I love it..


5 Leeann February 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I love this idea! I also do a throw together Mac and cheese!
I grew up with this one!
2 boxes GF elbows
2 Tb butter
8 cups cheese
1-2 cans diced tomatoes ( I prefer plain diced but have used seasoned)
How many depends on how much you and your family like tomatoes!

Cook noodles as directed on box.
Once noodles are cooked stir in 2 TB of Butter then layer noodles, cheese and tomatoes in a deep casserole dish. Last layer should be cheese.
Cook in oven for 15-20 mins Cheese on top will be slightly browned.
Oh so good! Serious comfort food for me! Hope someone enjoys this recipes as much as my family does!


6 Merissa February 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Mmmmm the tomatoes sound yummy!


7 Dawn July 4, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I’m always trying different home made mac & cheese recipes. The one thing I have a hard time with is getting the cheese to melt into a smooth sauce. I wind up with stringy lumps. I’ve used already grated cheddar or block cheddar that I grated. I stir and stir but never get a smooth sauce. What am I doing wrong?


8 SMc December 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Only simmer a cheese sauce.
Never let the sauce boil or it will separate.
Use block cheese for sauces instead of pre-grated cheese.
Pre-grated cheese works well when placed on top on top of dishes to melt. It doesn’t melt as well in sauces as block cheese does in my experience. It may be the coating that is used to keep the grated cheese from clumping.


9 D August 5, 2015 at 3:16 pm

A great big Y-U-M on this one !!!!


10 Phyllis March 25, 2016 at 6:50 am

When you say cream on the Mac and cheese do you mean evaporated milk in the can or what?


11 Merissa March 25, 2016 at 8:31 am

I mean cream as in heavy cream or whipping cream.


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