Easy Mac and Cheese

I wrote recently about my son’s “experience” making pancakes in his life skills class. So when he came home to tell me he made “mac and cheese”, I immediately put on my Sherlock Holmes hat and began investigating… did he “learn to” use a box with that horrible cheese powder? Did he actually make a bechamel sauce and melt cheeses, in the end learning to create real macaroni and cheese? Or was I missing something? Arghhh! Please don’t tell me he heated up any prepared food with other unnecessary preservatives!

Well, much to my surprise he made the real thing, something I don’t do very often myself. I certainly know how, but… for him…really? In life skills?! More questions ensued.

I won’t bore you with all of the details, but I will say that after I thought about it (and he couldn’t tell me much) I got to thinking… was this something he would do again? I needed a recipe that could stand up to the ease of the box or pre-made. I don’t see the real thing happening on his own.

And so I was led to a recipe a dear friend shared with me. It would be easy IF the Kid Cooks liked it.  It has a different tang but my kids like flavor.

So, here is a VERY simple recipe that my kids like — actually my husband asked “Hey, where has this recipe been all of our life?” And I think it is a win-win because, with fresher ingredients that are less expensive and rapid prep, it should have every reason to beat the ‘box kind” in their future decisions. Hold fast kids – don’t be transfixed by the orange powder on the grocery shelf!!

Makes 6 – 8 servings


  • One box (16 ounces) pasta – usually elbow or cavatappi
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


Large pasta pot


Cooking Spoon


  1. Cook pasta using box directions.
  2. When done, turn off stove and drain pasta.
  3. While draining, place sour cream and cheese in hot pot and stir to mix.
  4. Add pasta to pot carefully.
  5. Stir cheese mixture with pasta until completely mixed.


pdf version of recipe >> Easy Mac and Cheese

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