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One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar
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4.15 from 7 votes

One Pot Creamy Mac and Cheese Bar

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mac and cheese bar
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Taylor Stinson


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 450 g macaroni
  • 1 cup medium cheddar
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese

Topping Ideas

  • ground beef
  • bacon
  • Broccoli
  • 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.


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 679mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 15.7mg | Calcium: 500mg | Iron: 1.1mg