Easy 2 Serving Mac and Cheese

 In Easy, Lunch, Manic Mom Meal

My daughter loves to make this simple one pot macaroni and cheese for lunch. You start with boiling macaroni in salted water. It is super important to salt the water to flavor the macaroni as it cooks. Once the macaroni is cooked you make a simple sauce by mixing melted butter and flour in the pan and adding milk and cheese. It is a super creamy mac and cheese that comes together quickly and is perfect for a lunch or simple side dish.

Easy 2 Serving Mac and Cheese

Easy 2 Serving Mac and Cheese

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes

This simple macaroni and cheese can be made in one pot and makes two servings it is perfect for a quick lunch or side dish. Cooked elbow macaroni is added to a simple sauce made from milk and cheddar cheese.


  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Plus 1/4 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt, divided
  • 1 Cup Uncooked Elbow Macaroni or other dried pasta (see notes)
  • 1 Tablespoon Salted Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Milk (see note)
  • 1/2 Cup (1.5 ounces) Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese


In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil over high heat.

Add 1 Tablespoon salt and the dried macaroni. Cook according to package directions until desired doneness.

Drain pasta and set aside.

Reduce heat to medium high and add butter to now empty saucepan.

When butter is melted, add the flour. Mix well and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute until beginning to slightly turn golden.

Add the milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and stir well. Continue to stir until the mixture thickens.

Add the cheese and mix well.

Add the macaroni and stir to combine.



I have made this with several different shapes of pasta including farfalle and rotini.

I tested this recipe using whole milk.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 407mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and may not be completely accurate.

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