The Perfect Macaroni and Cheese *Recipe*

*My recipes are currently based off of portions that feed my 3-year-old and me with little to no leftovers so as not to waste any food while my husband is deployed. If you need more servings, simply multiply the recipes.

The Perfect Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Cook Time
15 mins
Quick and tasty homemade macaroni and cheese that will make you melt.
Servings: 4
Arts & Crackers ( Arts & Crackers
  • 1/2 box Rotini pasta 8oz or half a pound
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Colby cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. Cook the noodles according to the directions on the box then drain. Do not rinse but leave them a little bit wet.
  3. Keep the noodles in the same pot they were cooked in and add butter; stir to coat.
  4. Add cheese, milk and seasonings and stir well.
  5. Pour the macaroni and cheese mixture into a square casserole dish and spread evenly. Bake for 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Want a great side? Cut some 1 1/2-2 inch slices of French bread; drizzle with olive oil; sprinkle on garlic salt, thyme, oregano and freshly cracked black pepper; then bake for 5 minutes along with the macaroni!


  1. I like the idea of using a different noodle. My 3-year-old is going through a phase right now that she doesn’t like ‘runny’ cheese, so mozzarella is out of her diet. She likes it if cold though, but not melted.

    • Totally understandable! My son enjoys the different noodles. They hold the cheese better too and it’s not too runny like other kinds of mac ‘n cheese.

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