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easy macaroni and cheese

EASY, CREAMY, HOMEMADE MACARONI AND CHEESE THAT KIDS AND ADULTS WILL BOTH LOVE!  SIMPLY THROW ALL THE INGREDIENTS IN A SKILLET! SIMPLE, QUICK AND WHOLESOME!
Author Divas Can Cook

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 5 oz evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup whole milk divided
  • 3 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons butter optional
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese can use more, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups mild white cheddar cheese can use more, shredded
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  • In a large deep skillet, add water, chicken broth, evaporated milk, 1/2 cup of whole milk, and elbow macaroni.
  • Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to a simmer. (Watch carefully it will overflow if you let it boil to rapidly)
  • Cook until al dente while stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes until some of the liquid has absorbed.
  • Stir in butter if using.
  • Add the cheeses a little at a time while stirring.
  • Add in enough of remaining milk to create a creamy sauce. (You can place the pot back on the heat on low if you need more heat to melt the cheese)
  • Stir in smoked paprika and ground mustard.
  • Stir in salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately.
  • (To reheat, place in a microwave safe bowl. Stir in a little milk to make it creamy and microwave until warm)

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Notes

You can add a little cornstarch if you find the sauce to be a bit loose. I never have to though since I let it sit for bit.
Be sure to add the salt and pepper to help bring out the flavor.