This One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar recipe is sponsored by Barilla Pronto. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep my blog up and running!
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?
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.
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?!
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, have the toppings set out, and get ready to become everybody's next best friend.
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
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 3 cups 2% milk
- 4 cups water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1 box Barilla Pronto macaroni 340g
- 1 cups medium cheddar
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- ground beef
- green onion
- red pepper
- red onion
- Diced tomatoes
- Sliced jalapeños
- 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.
- Add water, bringing the mixture to an almost boil. Add salt and pepper, then pasta, stirring frequently and cooking for 10-11 min.
- Meanwhile, fry ground beef and/or bacon until cooked through. Prepare other desired toppings.
- When pasta is al dente, stir in all four cheeses and mix well. Remove from heat and serve alongside toppings.
You'll be licking from the bowl with this recipe. Trust me.