Friday, February 23, 2018

No Boil Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This macaroni and cheese is completely cooked in the oven. There is no boiling of the noodles first! No boil baked macaroni and cheese for the win!



      Have you ever had one of those days where you can't handle one more thing? You know the kind where things feel overwhelming or the schedule is so full that you can't fathom adding one more thing to the day.

     I love to cook. Everything from simple to more intense labor (and dirty dish!) filled recipes.  But sometimes even I can't take one extra step in the kitchen.


     Those are the days where boiling and draining pasta seems like too much. Tell me you've been there too! Days like that one pot pasta recipes come in handy because it all cooks together.

     We love dinners like one pot taco pasta and one pot abc (asparagus, bacon and chicken) pasta for just that reason.  You don't have to wait for the water to boil and the pasta to cook before you move to the next step. Plus the starch from the pasta helps thicken the sauce.



     So when Nicole from Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom mentioned her favorite macaroni and cheese recipe was baked but no-boil during an intense macaroni and cheese conversation on Facebook, I had to check it out. I had a feeling we were going to like it.

     In general we like a creamy stovetop macaroni and cheese. Luckily we are not so set in our ways that we can't appreciate a good baked macaroni and cheese. We actually enjoy the "challenge" of trying new recipes.



     Honestly, it doesn't get any easier than this either. That is always helpful, whether you are having one of "those days" or not. Just throw it together and bake it. It does take a little time in the oven, but that gives you time to make the rest of the meal.

Or fold some laundry.

Or relax for a bit?!

    The results are cheesy and delicious. I'm not sure it took over our top spot. We still love super creamy stove top macaroni and cheese in all of its forms. But we will certainly be enjoying it again!



Yield: 12 servings

No Boil Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This macaroni and cheese is completely cooked in the oven. There is no boiling of the noodles first! No boil baked macaroni and cheese for the win!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 5 mins

ingredients:


  • 2 cups uncooked pasta
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, divided

instructions


  1. Preheat you oven to 350 F and grease an 8 or 9 inch baking dish
  2. Combine the milk, pasta, Worcestershire, salt, pepper and 1 1/2 cups of cheese in the baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes. 
  3. Uncover, top with remaining cheese and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Let stand for 10 minutes and then serve. 
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Shared at The Weekend Potluck

22 comments:

  1. Well, how did you read my mind? My sister in law just asked me for a good Mac and cheese recipe last night and I cannot wait to send this to her! I literally did not have one I loved but now I do thanks to you!!!! Yay! Happy Friday beautiful!

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  2. I wonder if you threw these same ingredients in a pan and cooked it if you might get the creamy mac and cheese you love.

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    1. I've done something similar and it works pretty well!

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  3. Wow Carlee, this sounds so good and easy. I love that you don't have to boil any pasta! Thanks for sharing the recipe as my teen loves mac and cheese!
    Enjoy your day.
    Julie

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    1. My guys do too, so I'm always happy to try a new recipe. I hope you guys like this one!

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  4. Well I didn't know you could do this with uncooked pasta but, I'm not totally surprised because I make my lasagna without cooking the pasta. Saw your post on Meal Plan Monday 102.
    Joanne from No Plate Like Home.

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    1. It is a similar idea! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Hi Carlee, this is tempting. Even though I do think it will be hard pressed to beat a nice creamy macaroni cheese, but when energy levels are low and you have a family to feed, this recipe ticks the box!

    xx

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    1. Sometimes the fewest steps possible is all it takes to win my heart over!

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  6. I have been there! There were days that putting cohesive words together in a sentence were too much but there is light on the other side! I live this recipe!

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    1. Those days sneak up on the best of us! Thank you <3

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  7. We just made mac and cheese on Friday and I was saying there had to be a way to make it without cooking the noodles first! Thanks for sharing. Pinned to try.

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    1. If only I had shared this a few days sooner! I hope you enjoy it!

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  8. What? No boiling? I love it! This is totally my kind of dinner--the easier you make it, the more likely I am to cook instead of just eating another bowl of oatmeal :)

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    1. You know I have a soft spot for oatmeal too! How about a little bit of both?

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  9. Interesting. I am anxious to try this. I have never tried no boil macaroni and cheese. It looks pretty good. And I can totally relate to that day where I cannot handle one more thing!

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    1. I hadn't either, which is why I just had to try it. It worked really well and is definitely handy for when those days pop up!

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  10. That looks so good, makes me want to go to the kitchen and make it right now! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you =) I hope you enjoy it!

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  11. I will be trying this one asap! There are nights where this would be the dish that saves the night!

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    1. I definitely agree! I hope you enjoy it!

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