The Easiest 3-Ingredient Mac and Cheese Recipe You’ll Ever Make

When it comes to comfort food, not all satisfying treats are created equal. Don’t get us wrong, we love stuffing, fried chicken, and mashed potatoes as much as the next food-lover, but there is one dish that will win every time for us: mac and cheese.

Cheese, carbohydrates, and even more cheese are the key to our hearts, which basically means that mac and cheese is our ultimate meal. And, if you have the right recipe, it turns out those three things are the only ingredients that you truly need to make this dish.

The best thing about mac and cheese is that it intersects perfectly between easy and delicious. It doesn’t require much time, attention, or effort to make from scratch but it comes out tastier than your average microwaved dinner, that’s for sure!

Nothing proves that quite like this brilliantly simple recipe from the One Pot Chef. With only three ingredients, one pot, and a few minutes of your time, you can make the most delicious mac and cheese you’ve ever tasted.

Here’s what you need to get started:

3-Ingredient Mac and Cheese


  • 5 cups milk
  • 1 lb. dried macaroni
  • 2 cups cheese

You might notice in the video below that he begins by boiling the instructed five cups of milk. Then the pound of pasta is cooked IN said boiling milk…not exactly how we’re used to making pasta, right?

Well, consider this a major time saver and a means of making your mac and cheese extra yummy. You can skip a step if you cook your dry macaroni in milk rather than in water first, but you’re also capturing the starch that releases from pasta when it’s boiled; this starch is going to help thicken your milk (which is the base of your cheese sauce) and make your mac super creamy.

Now, the One Pot Chef uses a super special type of cheese in this recipe: Red Leicester cheese, which is a super sharp, strong cheddar. You don’t HAVE to use this variety, but cheddar cheese is definitely preferably for a full-flavor mac and cheese.

To finish you can definitely flavor with salt and pepper if you desire, but this dish is already going to be bursting with incredible flavor! And it took, what, 10 minutes of your time? You’d be hard-pressed to find a recipe this delicious that’s this simple to whip up!

If you’re feeling extra, then add some extras to your mac and cheese! We’re feeling roasted prosciutto, personally. What do you think you’ll add to your three-ingredient mac and cheese, or will you stick with the basics?