This Is How To Make An Easy Cheesy Pasta Without Making Pasta Sauce

You only need 2 ingredients!

IMAGE Bianca Laxamana

Macaroni and cheese is a classic pasta recipe. All you need is a cheesy pasta sauce and cooked elbow pasta (or whatever pasta you like!) to make this easy pasta meal. 

Making a proper cheese sauce requires time and effort, despite how minimal it is. To make a proper sauce, it's a mix of butter, flour, milk, cheese, and seasonings to make it delicious! Did you know that you can make a super easy cheese sauce with just two ingredients? 

You can! All you need are two ingredients: quick-melting cheese and pasta. 

The trick here is a technique many Italians do and tell you to do: save the pasta water. The pasta water will help you melt and create your cheesy sauce as well as cook the pasta! Here's what you do:

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  1. 1. Cook pasta as directed in the package directions (or as desired).    
  2. 2. Once cooked, reserve at least 1 cup pasta cooking water before draining. 
  3. 3. Transfer just cooked pasta to a large bowl and add grated quick-melting cheese. 
  4. 4. Stir to melt the cheese, adding pasta water as needed to create a sauce. 

What's so great about this recipe is that this isn't really a recipe. It's just you putting two ingredients together and seeing how much more of one ingredient you need to make it work. Plus, it's such a simple dish that you can add whatever you want to it to make it even more appetizing once the sauce is made. Crunchy breadcrumbs, bacon bits, or even stretchy cheese like mozzarella will melt in the hot pasta. 

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Isn't this a great hack for making a cheesy pasta? If you love macaroni and cheese, this is the easiest way to make it if you're low on ingredients or even, short on time and just want a speedy pasta meal on the table.

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