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One pot mac and cheese

If there is one food that perfectly describes comfort food better than anything else, it’s gotta be mac and cheese. It’s creamy, it’s warming, it’s so dang comforting! This one pot mac and cheese is all the things you want in a delicious, homemade mac and cheese but without a ton of dishes. It’s almost as easy as the instant stuff but 110% times better.

Close up of one pot mac and cheese with a serving spoon in it

Why you’ll love this one pot mac and cheese:

  • Less Dishes: All you need is one pot, so you’re not going to spend all night doing dishes
  • Comforting: Creamy, cheesy, warming, all the things you want in the ultimate comfort food
  • Quick: Prep this in only 5-minutes then throw in it the casserole dish to bake
Block of havarti beside one pot mac and cheese

Ingredients:

Castello Cheese: For this recipe I used Castello’s havarti. This cheese is super great quality. It’s creamy, mild tasting, and top notch for a one pot mac and cheese. Castello’s has been making cheese since 1893, so you know that they are doing something right.

Herbs/Spices: In this recipe you can add any herbs or spices you like to add a bit more pizzazz. I’ve kept it simple with garlic, and salt + pepper, but you can throw in some rosemary, thyme, roasted red pepper flakes, the options are endless really.

Ingredients for one pot mac and cheese in a casserole dish

How to make one pot mac and cheese:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Separate the garlic cloves, remove the skin, and slice.
  3. Transfer the sliced garlic cloves to a 9×13 casserole dish along with the olive oil.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, until garlic is golden and fragrant.
  5. Reduce the oven temperature to 375F.
  6. To the casserole dish, add the diced onion, heavy cream, water, salt, and black pepper.
  7. Add the two blocks of Castello Havarti Creamy Cheese to the casserole dish, evenly spaced apart.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes, until the macaroni is cooked through.
  9. Stir the pasta every 10 minutes, around the blocks of cheese.
  10. Once the macaroni is cooked, remove the casserole dish from the oven and stir the entire dish together.
  11. Dish out, and enjoy!
Havarti cheese in persons hand

Expert Tips & FAQ:

Pasta: Use any other pasta you desire! Make it gluten free, and even choose a different type like penne, spaghetti, etc. It’s endless!

Herbs & Spices: Add any other herbs, spices or even enjoy with hot sauce! YUM!

Storage: Store this in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 – 7 days. Reheat to serve.

Do I have to use havarti? Nope! Use whatever cheese you have on hand or prefer. Cheddar is often classically used, but I’ve even made it with vegan (meltable) cheese.

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One pot mac and cheese

Castello One Pot Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Method: Combine + Bake
  • Cuisine: Comfort-Inspired, Vegetarian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This deliciously creamy one pot mac and cheese is made with my fav Castello Havarti. It’s easy, only takes one pot to make, and is the ultimate comfort food.


Ingredients

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3 tbsp. olive oil

1 head of garlic

1 large onion, finely diced

2 cups dry macaroni

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup water

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

2200g blocks Castello Havarti Creamy Cheese


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Separate the garlic cloves, remove the skin, and slice.

Transfer the sliced garlic cloves to a 9×13 casserole dish along with the olive oil.

Bake for 10 minutes, until garlic is golden and fragrant.

Reduce the oven temperature to 375F.

To the casserole dish, add the diced onion, heavy cream, water, salt, and black pepper.

Add the two blocks of Castello Havarti Creamy Cheese to the casserole dish, evenly spaced apart.

Bake for 35 minutes, until the macaroni is cooked through.

Stir the pasta every 10 minutes, around the blocks of cheese.

Once the macaroni is cooked, remove the casserole dish from the oven and stir the entire dish together.

Dish out, and enjoy!!!


Notes

Use any other pasta you desire! Make it gluten free, and even choose a different type like penne, spaghetti, etc. It’s endless!

Add any other herbs, spices or even enjoy with hot sauce! YUM!

Store this in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 – 7 days. Reheat to serve.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8 servings
  • Calories: 351
  • Sugar: 2.3g
  • Sodium: 623.5mg
  • Fat: 34.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 18.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.7g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Protein: 14.8g
  • Cholesterol: 78.4mg

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