+

Easiest, Yummiest No Bake Mac & Cheese

Sign up to save this recipe to your profile Sign Up Now ›
Depends on whether it's a side dish or main meal. Start with as much pasta you need to serve, that will determine the amount of sauce you make. Easy
Total: Active:
2 Ratings 

Ingredients (5)

  • dry elbow macaroni or shells
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • sour cream or light sour cream
  • salt to taste
  • Optional : steamed broccoli
Try Amazon Fresh

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.

Easiest, Yummiest No Bake Mac & Cheese

This is the easiest, quickest, most delicious, no-bake mac & cheese recipe ever due to one ingredient. Sour cream. We all know that sour cream makes pretty much anything more delicious, but in this case, it’s the star of the show.

This recipe was handed down from my grandmother, but as it only has three main ingredients, its hardly a recipe at all. I am a HUGE mac-a-chee fan, and while I love some restaurant mac & cheese dishes using exotic cheeses and baked to perfection, this is the best home-made stove-top version I’ve ever had.

There is also an option to make it more healthy – not by removing any delicious guilty goodness, just by adding a tasty healthy extra.

The ingredients here are not measured, because the recipe is so simple, you can mix ingredients to your taste.

Instructions

  1. 1Cook and drain the elbows/shells. Put the cooked pasta back in the pot, and the pot back on the stovetop–burner off.
  2. 2Put a nice heap of shredded cheddar into the pot. Mix with pasta until fairly melted. (usually no need to turn the burner back on, but if the cheese isn’t melting quickly enough, you can turn the burner on low.)
  3. 3Drop a large dollop of sour cream into the pasta and mix again until the melted cheese and sour cream are blended.
  4. 4Unlike boxed mac & cheese where the “cheese” flavoring kind of sticks to the macaroni and there is no “sauce” to speak of, the cheese/sour cream in this recipe should make a thick and creamy sauce like many baked versions. If the mixture only covers the pasta and isn’t “saucy”, add more sour cream.
  5. 5Add salt to taste. Depending on how sharp and distinct the cheddar is, you may have to add more salt to bring out the flavors.
  6. 6Give it a taste. If the mac & cheese is not cheesy enough for your liking, add more cheddar. If it’s not creamy enough for your liking, add more sour cream. After making it a couple of times, the balance between the ingredients will be second nature.
  7. 7Note: if you are using shells, you will likely need to use bigger portions of cheese and sour cream so it can “fill” the shells with scrumptious sauce.
  8. 8Somewhat Healthy Option–obviously, you can use light sour cream to make this dish healthier, but if you want another healthy kick, add cooked broccoli. Steam the broccoli, chop it into small florets, and mix right into the finished mac & cheese. Mmmm..
Load Comments

Recommended from Chowhound

Amazon Prime Day: Our Fave Instant Pot comes with Echo Dot
Shop

Amazon Prime Day: Our Fave Instant Pot comes with Echo Dot

by Grace Gonzalez | In case you haven’t realized by now, we are obsessed with the Instant Pot, which is why we couldn...

Amazon Prime Day 2019: The Best Kitchen & Cookware Deals During the Final Day
Shop

Amazon Prime Day 2019: The Best Kitchen & Cookware Deals During the Final Day

by Chowhound Editors | It's officially Day 2 of Amazon Prime Day 2019 (aka, the final day) and we're still seeing some great...

Never Tried Sous Vide? A Chef-Quality Sous Vide Stick Is on Prime Day Discount
Shop

Never Tried Sous Vide? A Chef-Quality Sous Vide Stick Is on Prime Day Discount

by David Watsky | The sous vide method hit the mainstream a few years ago but if you haven't had a chance to try out...