Better than box, five-ingredient mac and cheese

Better than box, five-ingredient mac and cheese

Yield: 4

Superfast, super easy and super delicious, this sauce comes together quicker than you can boil a pot of water for the noodles. Make sure you’ve got everything whisked together before you turn on the heat. Once you’ve tried this a couple of times, start giving new cheese and additions a try. Add garlic and use parmesan instead of cheddar and you’ve got alfredo. Stir in some cooked bacon (or hotdogs, definitely hotdogs), maybe a can of tuna, or some broccoli.


  • 1 (354ml) can condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp plus 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 500 grams of shell pasta (fresh is lovely if you can find it!)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Whisk together condensed milk, cheddar cheese, cornstarch and mustard in a pot. Place a pot over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook noodles according to package directions and fold into the cheese sauce. Adjust seasoning as necessary.


Grated cheese

Cheese sauce before whisking

Cheese sauce after simmering

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