Easy Creamy Mac and Cheese

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February 17, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

Today I am excited to bring  you this delicious, super easy mac and cheese recipe!

How often do you eat mac and cheese at your house? I can’t say that I eat it as often as I’d like, but my kids are more than familiar with the dish. Since macaroni and cheese is one thing they both love; it makes an appearance on their plates probably three times a week.

Creamy Easy Mac and Cheese

I’m not afraid to admit that often times it’s frozen mac and cheese from TJs or boxed mac and cheese because I’m scrambling to make their food in about 15 minutes, but when I have time I make them this homemade version. It is so worth the little bit of extra effort!

Creamy Easy Mac and Cheese


When I think of macaroni and cheese, a container of cottage cheese is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind. When I found Chuck’s Favorite Mac and Cheese recipe, I was skeptical but had to try it based on its simplicity and all the great reviews. I wasn’t disappointed.

I altered the recipe a bit to add milk, use reduced-fat (not fat free) ingredients, and eliminate the bread crumb topping. (That is my personal preference, but if you like a crunchy topping on your mac, mix 1/4 c. melted butter with 1 c. bread or cracker crumbs and sprinkle over the top before baking.)

Creamy Easy Mac and Cheese

The whole family loves this recipe and requests it often. I think my kids would even choose it over the boxed stuff, which is a pretty big compliment coming from them. I hope your family enjoys this easy mac and cheese too!

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Creamy Easy Mac and Cheese

Easy Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese is as easy as cooking pasta and stirring it together with a few ingredients. Bake and enjoy!

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 5 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 12 ounces macaroni or your choice of bite-sized pasta
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 16 ounces low-fat small-curd cottage cheese
  • 8 ounces 2% milk sharp cheddar cheese (shredded yourself is better)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • a few grinds of black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. While pasta cooks, mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Spray a 1-1/2 qt. casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Stir pasta into cheese mixture, then spread into casserole dish. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes in preheated oven, or until hot and bubbly. Stir together before serving to evenly distribute the cheese sauce.
  • Author: Andi Gleeson
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: Dinner, Kid Food, Pasta and Noodles, Side Dishes
  • Cuisine: International

This isn’t my first time at the mac and cheese rodeo. Try these tasty recipes too!

Andi Gleeson

36 comments

Kathy Jamieson
5 years ago

I made this recipe exactly as written. I am 60 years old and I think this is only my second time to make mac n cheese. It was fabulous. I doubled the recipe since I was going to a party with 12 people. The dish was almost empty (people loved it).

Andrew Wells
1 year ago

Looks great. Wish I had a bowl, like right now

Alison
6 years ago

Is this possible without the milk?

Matthew From Nomageddon
8 years ago

Andi the next time you say to me your photography isn’t good enough I’m gonna point you to this post. Your photography is stellar!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Are you serious?? This one? Thank you so much, Matt! This is an old post! xoxo

Megan Keno
8 years ago

Wow, this really is so easy! Perfect weeknight dinner!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you, Megan! It is easy and pretty foolproof :)

cathy ~ noble pig
8 years ago

Love it. I think cottage cheese makes everything yummier.

Nutmeg Nanny
8 years ago

Love that cottage cheese addition! It’s my favorite!

Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
8 years ago

I use cottage cheese in my mac and cheese as well…great addition

Megan
8 years ago

I love the way you made your mac n cheese! What a great way to hide something people dont necessarily like!

Brenda
9 years ago

my granddaughter does not like cottage cheese(I do) and she the one that will be eating most of the cottage cheese .so what if I put the cottage in a blender,do u think it will work out ok? I really want to get away from the boxed stuff and feed her better. I’ve looked at a lot of different recipe and yours looked really good and healthy?Thanks for the recipe .

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

The small curd cottage cheese melts in pretty well to not be obvious (I don’t like cottage cheese either!). You could try ricotta instead, but you might want to add a little more milk since ricotta is a bit drier than cottage cheese. The blender idea is great too. Hope this helps. Thank you, Brenda!

Susan
9 years ago

I tried this recipe and liked it although I’m confused about the amount of pasta. Is it 12 oz. of cooked or uncooked pasta? I tried 12 oz. of uncooked pasta, and it made almost double the amount for a 1 1/2 quart casserole. It still tasted good but it was quite dry. I think the recipe should indicate if it’s for cooked or uncooked pasta.

Holli
9 years ago

Mac and cheese is without a doubt my favorite food in the world and I’ve been searching for a recipe to make it myself that doesn’t take a lot of time or require a bunch of ingredients and expensive cheeses. Needless to say I’m going to the store tonight and making this right when I get home. Thanks so much for sharing!

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

I really hope you enjoy it, Holli. I love this one because it’s as easy as cooking pasta and stirring some things together. I do make a version with a cheese sauce too, but this is my go-to recipe since it’s so simple. Thank you!

doug
9 years ago

I LOVE mac n’ cheese … my ALL TIME favourite comfort food on a cold Canadian winter night … thx for sharing … :)

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

You can never go wrong with cheese and pasta if you ask me. Thank you!

Jules
9 years ago

I have found my new mac and cheese recipe! I tripled this recipe because I have a husband and 2 grown sons and they eat A LOT! They loved my old recipe but there was always leftovers. With your recipe it was GONE! They went back for seconds and even thirds! They want to know where I got the recipe. I’ll never tell! lol

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you so much, Jules! I’m so happy to hear it was such a big hit!

THE HUNGRY MUM
9 years ago

perfect! I am trying to drop a few kgs but cheese is my bff so this could just be the ticket ;)

Andi
9 years ago

It’s so hard to lose weight when there’s cheese to be eaten. I always need to lose a few pounds but never seem to get around to it ;) Thank you!

Marissa
9 years ago

I’m planning to try this recipe this week and was wondering if you mean the grated Parmesan you get in the green canister, or more like a block of Parmesan that you would shred like the cheddar? My grocery list thanks you!

Andi
9 years ago

Hi. I’m so sorry for not getting back to you sooner! You can use pre-grated parmesan cheese you find in the refrigerated cheese section of the grocery store or grate it yourself from a block of parmesan. I wouldn’t recommend using the kind in the green canister because I don’t think it would melt properly. Thank you!

debbie
9 years ago

I can’t wait to try to mac & cheese cups. Yum. I don’t see the recipe link for the better for you mac & cheese. Thanks!

Andi
9 years ago

Hi, Debbie! Sorry about leaving off that link! Here is the recipe for what you want! Thank you so much!

Hillari
9 years ago

Hey can I make this without the cottage cheese? Should I just add extra cheddar instead?

thanks in advance

Andi
9 years ago

I’m sorry for not getting back to you sooner, Hillari! I was trying to think of how to modify this one without the cottage cheese, and I think it would need a lot of changes. You might want to look for a stovetop mac and cheese or you could try something like this Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti. Hope that helps. Thank you!

Sam
9 years ago

I think im going to try and make this as a SIDE dish for my sons bday party. There are about 9 kids and 13 adults. Do you think I should double the recipe? My other side dish is beans but I have a feeling this will be popular. Thought and suggestions appreciated.

Andi
9 years ago

Hi, Sam. Yes, I would double it. That might still be enough for big portions for everyone, but since you have other foods and not everyone will partake, it should be enough. I hope it’s a hit! Thank you!

Amber
10 years ago

Thank you for all the work you do. I run a daycare and am constantly having to make a weekly menu for them, and this website helps me easily, quickly made a menu for my own family for dinner! I love that they’re easy and quick, or at least things I can get started on over their nap time, because by the time kids leave I’m worn out and just want to relax with my own kids! I use this website weekly for our family meals!!

Andi
10 years ago

This really made my day, Amber! I’m so happy to know that my recipes and menu help you. I can’t imagine how exhausting it must be to run a daycare. I can barely make it with my own two kids! Thanks so much for taking the time to write this message, and I hope to hear from you again soon Take care!

Linni
10 years ago

This is the best mac and cheese recipe I have ever tried! It is so rich and creamy. My 4yo is one of the pickiest eaters out there and she loved it. Thanks for sharing :)

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you, Linni! Comments like this are what keep me blogging :) I really appreciate it and am so happy you like the recipe as much as we do!

carol
11 years ago

Sounds tasty..I can’t wait to try.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you, Carol! I really hope you like it!

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