Easy 5-Ingredient Mac & Cheese

Food By Joe Recipe Easy Simple 5 ingredient Mac Macaroni & cheese

No bechamel! No roux! This super easy 5-ingredient mac & cheese takes the fuss out! Add your own twist with bacon, andouille, or your favorite cheese!


  • 4 cups milk
  • 12 oz elbow macaroni (Or small shell pasta, fusili, ditalini)
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt & black pepper, to taste

Optional: Breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs for the top!


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees & grease a large casserole dish
  2. Place a large pot over medium heat. Add the milk and bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally
  3. Turn the heat to medium-low, add the uncooked pasta, paprika, salt & pepper. Stir frequently until milk thickens to the consistency of thick maple syrup.
  4. Remove the pot from heat and add 2 cups of cheese. Stir to fully combine
  5. Transfer to the greased casserole dish and top with remaining cheese
  6. Cook, uncovered, until cheese is bubbly and beginning to toast, around 8-10 minutes.
  7. Cool 5-10 minutes before serving