When you say “easy mac and cheese” most people envision a box of Kraft Mac & Cheese. But boxed mac and cheese is not very healthy. The fact is, you can make mac and cheese in minutes on your stovetop with just 6 ingredients, two of those being salt and pepper.
All kids love mac and cheese. The problem is, the boxed versions of mac and cheese are made with powdered cheese mix and noodles made from white flour. Not exactly nutritious! Also, boxed mac and cheese is gross. It tastes horrible! The so-called healthy brands are not much better than Kraft.
I came up with this recipe for real, homemade mac and cheese that your kids are going to love. We’re using real food: grass-fed butter, grass-fed cream, and grass-fed cheddar cheese. And organic pasta (with a gluten-free option).
This meal is chock-full of fat-soluble vitamins, and, if your dairy is raw, lots of enzymes. Since we’re using dairy from grass-fed cows, this mac & cheese is loaded with vitamin K2 — what your kids need to grow strong bones, wide faces with high cheekbones, and healthy, straight teeth.
This recipe is so easy, even a three-year-old can do it. That’s my daughter, Kate, stirring pasta. (Okay, she didn’t make the whole thing — she helped me stir.)
Easy Mac and Cheese
Easy Mac and Cheese: Ingredients
[easyazon_link identifier=”B00186ZOB0″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Organic pasta, penne or macaroni[/easyazon_link], or, if you’re gluten-free, [easyazon_link identifier=”B0041QIPKG” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]brown-rice pasta,[/easyazon_link] penne or macaroni (16 ounces)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B01AYWM4Q6″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Butter, grass-fed[/easyazon_link] (4 oz, or 8 TBS)
Cream or sour cream, grass-fed (6-8 oz) — you can also use grass-fed sour cream
Cheddar cheese, grass-fed, grated
[easyazon_link identifier=”B000EITYUU” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Sea salt[/easyazon_link] (to taste)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B0001M0Z6Q” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Black pepper,[/easyazon_link]freshly ground (to taste)
Easy Mac and Cheese: Equipment
[easyazon_link identifier=”B009P4845K” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Saucepan, stainless steel[/easyazon_link] or [easyazon_link identifier=”B000N501BK” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Dutch oven[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B00O97D0DO” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Colander[/easyazon_link]
Easy Mac and Cheese: Directions
1. Boil the pasta for 7-10 minutes per the directions on the package.
2. When the pasta is al dente, strain in a colander and then put it back in the pan. Set the heat to low.
3. Stir in the butter.
4. When the butter is melted, add the cream and the grated cheese by the handful. Stir and cook until creamy and melted. Add as much cheese as you like. Some people like it cheesier, and others like it less cheesy. You can also more add butter or cream to taste. I didn’t measure it exactly when I did it. I just kept adding until it was the consistency I liked. You can’t mess this up.
5. Add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste and serve warm.