Quick and Easy No-Bake Macaroni and Cheese

We love mac n cheese, but we don’t crave oodles of cheese. You know the kind …. when you dig in and come up with strings of never-ending cheese! While tasty, I wanted to keep it somewhat light, and I’m sure you know where I’m going – saving room for dessert!

I came across this stove-top recipe, which is super easy. I liked how it has enough cheese sauce to satisfy our cravings, but not to the point where the cheese is all we taste. It reminded me of a grown-up version of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, but made

I increased the shredded cheese to 2 cups as 1 ½ was definitely not enough, even if you’re counting calories!  Mac n Cheese is not a diet food so go ahead and splurge once in a while!  Don’t worry about how much cheese sauce the recipe makes.  It will absorb into the pasta and be simply delicious!

Quick and Easy No-Bake Macaroni and Cheese

Adapted from dairygoodness.ca

Serves 4-6


  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1-½ cups milk (skim, 1%, 2% or 3%)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp dried oregano or 1 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups mild, medium or old Cheddar cheese, grated (we used old Cheddar)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions (or however you like your pasta – we prefer a bit longer than al dente)
  2. Drain in a colander and keep about 1/4 cup of the pasta water
  3. In a  large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and brown garlic and onion for 5 minutes, or until tender
  4. Mix milk and flour together in a small bowl and pour into saucepan. Stir using a whisk and let simmer until mixture thickens
  5. Add Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, oregano and parsley, whisk to combine
  6. Gradually incorporate grated Cheddar cheese and whisk until smooth,  bringing to a quick simmer
  7. Season with salt and pepper (to your taste)
  8. Add pasta, stir quickly with a large spoon until heated through.  Add the pasta water a bit at a time (as the sauce will thicken and become gluey).  You may not need all of it
  9. Serve immediately

Kitchen note:

  • Ziti is a type of pasta that is similar to Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, it’s a bit hard to find though :(



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