Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Yield
Makes 4 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

Step 2

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk and next 3 ingredients; cook, whisking constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Gradually stir in Cheddar cheese, stirring until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Stir in hot cooked pasta. Serve immediately.

Step 4

Kitchen Express Easy, Creamy Mac and Cheese: Prepare pasta according to package directions. Cook 2 (10-oz.) containers refrigerated light Alfredo sauce in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 3 to 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Gradually whisk in 1 (10-oz.) block 2% sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded, until smooth. Stir in hot cooked pasta and 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper. Hands-on Time: 15 min., Total Time: 15 min.

Step 5

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Step 6

Southwest Chicken Mac and Cheese: Stir 2 cups chopped cooked chicken and 1 (10-oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained, into cheese sauce with pasta.

Step 7

Spinach-Bacon Mac and Cheese: Stir 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon (about 6 slices) and 1 (6-oz.) package fresh baby spinach into cheese sauce with pasta.

Step 8

Broccoli-Ham Mac and Cheese: Stir 2 cups chopped smoked ham and 1 (12-oz.) package frozen steam-in-bag broccoli florets, cooked according to package directions, into cheese sauce with pasta.

Step 9

Chicken-Asparagus Mac and Cheese: Stir 2 cups chopped cooked chicken and 1 (9-oz.) package frozen asparagus cuts, cooked according to package directions, into cheese sauce with pasta.

Step 10

Pea-Prosciutto Mac and Cheese: Cook 1/2 cup thinly sliced prosciutto, pancetta, or bacon (about 2 oz.) in a lightly greased skillet until crisp. Stir prosciutto and 1 (12-oz.) package frozen sweet peas, cooked according to package directions, into cheese sauce with pasta.

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