Quick and Easy Weeknight Macaroni and Cheese

weeknight macaroni and cheese recipe

Skip the box macaroni and cheese, when you can make your own without any extra time! You don’t have to do anything fancy to enjoy good ‘ol fashion macaroni and cheese. My trick is using the American Cheese slices that I get for cheap with my coupons.

You can have this dinner created and on the table in under 10 minutes! Now, that is a side dish my family loves.

Weeknight Macaroni and Cheese
  • ½ box of pasta (any kind will do)
  • 3 slices of American cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Boil your pasta just like you normally would. Drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooling, in the same pot add butter and the sliced cheese (I pull the cheese into pieces).
  3. Allow it to melt.
  4. Stir in milk to combine.
  5. Mix in Salt and pepper to taste
  6. Enjoy!

Curious about the cost?

My pasta cost me $.50 for the box, but I only used half. Then the cheese was $.50 for the entire package and I only used 3 slices. The butter was free, and I didn’t use much milk. I would say that this quick and easy side dish cost me around $.50 to feed my family. Not too shabby at all! 😉

Did you know that you can freeze this?

Macaroni and Cheese freezes great! Cook like normal and place in a foil 9×9 baking pan to freeze. When you are ready to eat it, allow it to thaw, and just bake it in the oven at 350 degrees (covered) for about 30 minutes. You can even top it with shredded cheese and breadcrumbs to make an even fancier dish. 😉


  1. The easiest recipe in the world, and yet most favored…:)) Thanks so much!

  2. Cheryle says:

    I love this easy recipe & make it in my rice cooker. Just about the same measurements except use equal amounts of water and pasta. Don’t drain the remaining water when the pasta is cooked; just add the milk and cheese and let it sit on warm for about 5 minutes.

  3. Carrie says:

    Oh I never thought of that. Great idea Cheryle!


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