Easy Mac-n-Cheesy (GF option)

Easy Mac-n-Cheesy:TheNourishingHome

Oh so creamy! This easy-to-make mac-n-cheese will bring smiles to your kiddos faces, and yours too!

This month as part of my Kids in the Kitchen Summer School Series, I’ve been jazzed about sharing some quick and healthy whole food recipes perfect for cooking with kids! And this Easy Mac-n-Cheesy is no exception! So simple and delicious, there is no need to open a box, when you can make it yourself in virtually the same amount of time using nutritious real food ingredients!

Mac-n-Cheesy PLUS

Reader Recommendation! Nourishing Home subscriber Sharon recommends tossing in your favorite protein-rich add-ins such as diced grilled chicken, ham, ground beef, bacon or chorizo. And, why not add some healthy veggies too, such as broccoli, chard, kale, collards or spinach. Brilliant!

Easy Mac-n-Cheesy (GF Option)

Yield: 5-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. of your favorite whole grain or GF elbow pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (preferably raw or pasteurized only, not ultra pasteurized)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (preferably raw or pasteurized only, not ultra pasteurized)
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6–8 oz grassfed sharp cheddar cheese (depending on how cheesy you like it)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to instructions. While pasta is cooking, grate cheese and measure out the cream and milk. Collect remaining ingredients to have ready.
  2. Once pasta is al dente, make sure to reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Then drain the cooked pasta and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Set aside.
  3. Using the same saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter and add the cream, milk and cheese. Stir constantly until smooth and creamy. Then mix in the dry mustard, salt and pepper.
  4. Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and stir well to combine. To thin out the sauce, add one tablespoon at a time of the reserved pasta cooking water while stirring, until desired consistency is achieved.
  5. If adding extras like cooked diced meats or veggies, simply stir them in and enjoy!

Notes

Make it a healthy meal by mixing in your favorite diced meats and some wholesome greens and veggies too! See photo above for some nutritious and delicious add-in ideas!

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Comments

  1. says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit! I made it a meal by adding some cooked chicken and broccoli. Delicious, and the kids ate it up. Thanks!

  2. Christie says

    Hi Kelly! Thanks again for the wonderful resource you have provided for us!

    I have to ask, where are you finding these raw/grass fed meat and dairy product? I shop at Trader Joe’s and Sprouts and all I can find is raw milk which costs a whopping $9 for a half gallon! Any advice on where to find better foods and how to not break the bank doing it will be greatly appreciated. :)

    • says

      Trader Joes does sell raw milk and grassfed cheddar for a reasonable price, at least here in Southern California. So be sure to ask the dairy case person there to help you locate it.

      As far as raw milk itself goes, that’s a toughie. And I can completely understand your struggle with the cost. Here’s the decision we made as a family … we stopped drinking dairy milk and switched to almond milk for use in our granola and most cooking needs. We did this to reduce our food budget, as we could not afford raw milk either, and actually we prefer unsweetened almond milk.

      When I do need dairy milk for cooking, such as in this dish, I try to use raw milk dairy when I can find it at a reasonable price, but honestly, most of the time I purchase pasteurized only (not ultra-pasteurized) cream and milk, and I don’t worry about it since we only use milk occasionally. But I definitely would not recommend consuming large amounts of pasteurized milk, i.e. drinking glasses of it daily. I personally believe after doing the research that it is not a healthy choice to be consuming large amounts of pasteurized dairy and for some (those with dairy issues) obviously dairy in general is an issue.

      I hope this helps. Again, since we’re not eating mac-n-cheese daily (or even weekly for that matter), I don’t sweat the small stuff. Eating healthy should never be so restrictive that you’re filled with anxiety over it or are tempted to break the bank to afford it. Living a healthy lifestyle instead should be centered on keeping priorities where they should be … seek first the kingdom, be a good steward of the blessings God has given you and enjoy the life He has given you for His glory and in service to Him. :)

      Blessings to you, sweet sister!

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