Creamy Skillet Mac & Cheese
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This homemade Mac & Cheese can be made in just a few minutes, and it's made with all real ingredients (no powdered cheese, here!). Recipe source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 3 and ½ cups water, plus extra if needed
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 16 ounces (1lb) elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup milk or half and half
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon mustard (regular or dry)
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (1 and ½ cups)
  • 6 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (1 and ½ cups)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
  • Black pepper to taste
  1. In a large, 12-inch skillet, combine water, evaporated milk, salt and macaroni.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat until simmering.
  3. Simmer for 9-12 minutes, or until pasta is tender. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.
  4. Meanwhile, shred cheese and set aside.
  5. In a measuring cup, whisk together milk, cornstarch, mustard and hot sauce. Set aside.
  6. Once noodles are tender, add milk mixture. Stir and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 2 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat, and add cheese, one handful at a time. Stir to combine after each addition.
  8. If you need additional liquid at this point, you can add a bit of water or milk/half and half to reach desired consistency. I did add a couple of splashes of milk to mine.
  9. Add butter and stir.
  10. Season to taste with additional salt and black pepper.
  11. Enjoy warm.
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