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Easy Creamy Macaroni and Cheese | lecremedelacrumb.com

Easy Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Easy Creamy Macaroni and Cheese is a cinch to whip up 30 minutes or less, and made lighter than traditional mac and cheese with lowfat milk and no heavy cream!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Tiffany


  • 12 ounces small pasta noodles like elbows or shells
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups lowfat milk (1-2 percent works well)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add pasta to a pot of boiling salted water, boil til tender, then drain and rinse with cold water. Toss pasta with 2 teaspoons oil and set aside. 
  • In a large skillet melt butter over medium-high heat. Stir in flour. Very gradually whisk in 2 cups milk until smooth and creamy. Stir in garlic powder.
  • Stir in cheese until completely melted and fully incorporated. Add a little milk if needed (up to 1/2 cup) to thin the sauce if it is too thick for your liking. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Stir in cooked pasta and serve. Garnish with cracked black pepper and chopped parsley if desired. 


Feeds 4 adults or 4-6 people when feeding small kids.