Want to get your kids cooking? This is a great starter recipe to get your kids excited about cooking, as long as they like mac and cheese, but then, who doesn’t? Plus, it’s way more nutritious than anything that comes from a box. This, hands down, is my kids favorite mac and cheese recipe. So much so, that they usually double the recipe. This recipe is only six ingredients and it does not require that you make a white sauce. A simple can of Cheddar Cheese Soup or Cream of Chicken Soup replaces the usual white sauce.
Assemble your ingredients. You may use any shape of small pasta you wish; shells, macaroni, bow tie, etc., but if you use a larger type pasta (such as the tubular penne) increase the measurement to 2 cups.
Once you have your ingredients assembled and ready to go, take a large sauce pan and fill it 2/3 full with water. Bring water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. Since you will be baking this dish in the oven, it is better to cook your pasta the least amount of time on the instructions. (Example: if the package says to boil 7-9 minutes, usually 7 minutes will be plenty.)
Below is a picture of the crackers in a baggie along with some …….pounding tools. You can crush the crackers by rolling, pounding with a meat tenderizer (flat side) or even your hands.
Once the cracker are crushed add the melted butter and give the baggie a good shake.
Combine the drained pasta, cheese, soup and milk. Stir well.
All stirred up!
Pour into a baking dish. If making a single recipe, the deep pie dish below or a 9-inch square baking dish will work fine. If you a doubling the recipe a 9×13-inch dish will do.
Top with buttery cracker crumbs.
And bake at 350•F for 30 minutes or until golden.
Easy, Cheesy Mac and Cheese
By March 30, 2014Published:
- Yield: 8 Servings
A super easy Mac and Cheese recipe that will get your kids cooking in the kitchen.
- 1 1/2 cups pasta (macaroni, bow tie, shells, etc)
- 1 (12-oz) can Cheddar Cheese soup or Cream of Chicken
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 16 Ritz cracker
- 1 tablespoon butter melted
- Preheat oven to 350•F. Spray or grease a 9-inch square baking dish or 1-1/2 quart casserole dish. In a large pot, cook pasta according to direction on package.
- Meanwhile, place crackers in a zip-type bag and crush with hands or rolling pin. Pour melted butter into bag and shake.
- When pasta is done, drain thoroughly. In a bowl, combine pasta, soup, milk and cheese. Pour into baking dish, top with cracker crumbs and bake about 30 minutes or until golden.
For us low carbers, try making this with Dreamfield’s brand low carb pasta. Have a salad first, some veggies and a small serving.