Creamy One-Dish Mac’ and Cheese


I have altered the Macaroni and Cheese recipe quite a bit, that I originally found on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Some adjustments were made from personal taste and some from necessity! We liked the original recipe alright, but we really enjoy the alterations. I really enjoy only making one pot to clean.

When I went to make this the first time, I found myself with 3/4 of a gallon of raw milk in which I needed 2 cups of heavy cream from. I knew it wouldn’t happen, even as cream-rich as our raw milk is. It was lunch time and I needed to make lunch, though. So the milk adjustments were made, and surprisingly, the recipe turned out better than it had any of the dozen or so times I have made this before!
I have made this with 100% whole wheat organic pasta and also made it with gluten-free brown rice pasta, too, with great results both times.

Here is how I make one of our favorite, non-Paleo comfort foods.

Creamy One-Dish Mac ‘N Cheese


2 cups water, plus extra if needed
4 3/4 cups full-fat milk
16 ounces pasta
1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1 teaspoon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic granules
1/2 teaspoon paprika
12 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small chunks
pepper, to taste

Notes / Directions:
Bring water, 4 cups of milk, the macaroni, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a simmer in a pot over high heat. Cook at a vigorous simmer, stirring often, until the macaroni is tender and the liquid has thickened, 9 to 12 minutes.
Whisk the remaining milk, the arrowroot powder, mustard, garlic, and paprika together in a small bowl, then stir into the skillet. Continue to simmer slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
Off the heat, stir in the cheddar and Monterey Jack, one handful at a time, adding water as needed to adjust the consistency of the sauce. Stir in the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

This recipe has been edited to work well with MealBoard, my most-used iPhone app! Just copy/paste and you have a meal plan and grocery list ready to go.

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