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One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar

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One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar

As we’re easing out of long summer days and beautiful weather, I can already feel my mood start to change. I never want this summer to end. It’s been full of so much adventure and activity – yes, even though I’m working from home! Butttttt one great thing that I love about the fall weather coming up is the excuse to cozy up indoors and start indulging in ALL OF THE COMFORT FOOD. And what is comfort food without mac and cheese. Right?!

Listen up people. This One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar is going to become your next go-to dinner party idea. And people are going to love you for it. It may or may not become the thing that everyone demands you make the next time they’re invited over to your house. Have I just created a potential feeding frenzy with this recipe?

One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar

But seriously though, we all love comfort food but there’s one thing that typically comes along with it: a giant mess!! Good thing my friends at Barilla have got us covered with their latest line of Barilla Pronto pastas: all you need is one pot and the pasta cooks within 10 minutes, no boiling or draining required.

One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar

So of course I decide to go with the mac and cheese. And because you’re saving on clean up, you can have ALL OF THE TOPPINGS. Veggies, ground beef and bacon galore. I know, I’m overdoing it a bit with this one. But can you blame me?!

One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar

One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar

This Mac and Cheese Bar recipe is perfect for all of those picky eaters and can easily turn Saturday night into a super fun create-your-own-bowl party. Whip up the giant pot of mac and cheese (there are FOUR cheeses in there by the way. FOUR.), have the toppings set out, and get ready to become everybody’s next best friend.

One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar

Just look at this big pot of creamy deliciousness. I mean, ideally you won’t eat the whole thing before your guests arrive. I never said hosting would be easy.

One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar

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This One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar is going to become your next go-to dinner party idea, filled with fun toppings like veggies, bacon and ground beef!
One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar
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Rating: 5
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Course Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
-8 servings
Course Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
-8 servings
One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar
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Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. In a large, deep pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add flour, whisking frequently. Add milk 1 cup at a time, whisking to remove lumps and stirring until thickened.
  2. Add cream and water, bringing the mixture to an almost boil. Add salt and pepper, then pasta, stirring frequently and cooking for 10-11 min.
  3. Meanwhile, fry ground beef and/or bacon until cooked through. Prepare other desired toppings.
  4. When pasta is al dente, stir in all four cheeses and mix well. Remove from heat and serve alongside toppings.

One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar

You’ll be licking from the bowl with this recipe. Trust me.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Susan
    March 20, 2017 at 11:41

    How many does this serve, I have 15 people.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 20, 2017 at 11:46

      Hi Susan! If you have 15 people, I would double or triple the recipe. The pot of mac and cheese itself serves 6-8 people, and then you can decide how many toppings you need from there. I would recommend 2lbs of ground beef, 2 heads of broccoli, 2 red peppers, 2 packages of bacon, etc for all the toppings. You may have some leftovers but you can easily use it all as leftovers for the week and it’s better to have too much than too little for a party, right? Hope this helps 🙂

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