One Pot Mac & Cheese with Toasted Pecans

Recipe from Stacy Little, SouthernBite.com and Seth Freedman, PeachDish

What’s better than Mac & Cheese? A Mac & Cheese you can make in one pot and topped with nutty pecans!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup pecan bits
  • 1/2 cup pecan meal

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  1. In a medium saucepot combine the water, milk, macaroni and salt. Heat over medium heat. Stir occasionally while the liquid comes to a simmer, then reduce heat to low.
  2. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring often, until macaroni is fully cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot from heat. Add half the cheese, and stir until it has fully melted. Stir in the butter and half of the remaining cheese, saving about 1/4 cup for topping. If the consistency appears a little too dry, stir in a small splash of hot water. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  4. Transfer the mac & cheese into a baking dish, top with pecan pieces, pecan meal and remaining cheese. Bake until bubbly and browned on top, about 8 to 10 minutes. Enjoy!

 

Prep Time:  5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves:  4