Easy Weeknight Mac and Cheese

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When only comfort food will do, there is nothing better than macaroni in a thick, creamy, cheesy sauce.

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Easy Weeknight Mac and Cheese

When only comfort food will do, there is nothing better than macaroni in a thick, creamy, cheesy sauce.
Course: Dinner
Keyword: mac and cheese
Author: Kimberly Lord Stewart

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups elbow macaroni
  • 4 ounces Neufchâtel (reduced-fat cream cheese), cubed
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • ¼–½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Fill a medium saucepan with water. Bring to a boil. Add salt and macaroni; cook 6–8 minutes. Drain.
  • While macaroni is cooking, place cream cheese and milk in a medium saucepan over low heat. Whisk until cream cheese is smooth.
  • Add cheddar cheese a handful at a time and whisk to melt.
  • Add half-and-half; stir well. Taste and season with salt.
  • Add macaroni, stir well, and serve right away.
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