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Two-Step Macaroni and Cheese

Photo: Lee Harrelson

4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Quick and easy comfort food satisfies the stomach and the soul in this four-ingredient dish.


  • 1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 ounces processed cheese (such as Velveeta), cubed
  • 4 cups hot cooked elbow macaroni (about 8 ounces uncooked pasta)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 327
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 10.3 g
  • satfat 5.5 g
  • monofat 2.9 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 14.8 g
  • carbohydrate 43 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • cholesterol 29 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 659 mg
  • calcium 277 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently; cook until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in macaroni. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Processed cheese is a must in this quintessential quick-and-easy dish. It melts easily and gets smooth and creamy without help from flour, eggs, or other ingredients used in fancier counterparts. You can make prep even simpler by heating the first four ingredients in the microwave for about 3 minutes in a covered dish instead of cooking them on the stovetop.