This mouthwatering Pioneer Woman Mac and Cheese recipe is sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters. A crowd favorite that goes with everything from hot dogs to steak.
When it comes to The Pioneer Woman, no one comes close to her stick-to-your-ribs comfort meals. This Pioneer Woman mac and cheese recipe is no different and guaranteed to feel like a big hug on the inside. Creamy, cheesy, delicious goodness!
Pioneer Woman Mac and Cheese
Unless you’ve been living under a rock your whole life, you’ve likely had mac and cheese. No one knows how far back the recipe goes, but the oldest one found so far is from 1769!
If you go to Google search “Mac and Cheese”, you’ll have over 276 million choices to pick from. I haven’t personally tried cooking that many recipes, but I have made several different kinds and this is the one I always come back to again and again.
The Pioneer Woman mac and cheese recipe is a relatively easy meal to prepare that will have you feeding faces in under an hour. It can be served as the main dish or as a side to complement either meat or veggies.
This particular recipe is my go-to, especially if it’s a last minute decision. And with four kids forever going in four different directions, it’s almost always a last minute decision.
It’s also a dish with ingredients I almost always have on hand. Boil pasta, make a roux, mix it all together with some seasonings and voilà! Easy peasy mac n’ cheesy!
How to Serve Pioneer Woman Mac and Cheese
Who is going to stop you from living your best life? Not me, that’s for sure. Absolutely no one is turning down a bowl of cheesy pasta.
Mac and cheese is an absolute must-have side dish for sweet and spicy barbecue. They go together like croutons on a salad or hard pretzels in pub cheese.
You just can’t have one without the other. It would also pair very well with The Pioneer Woman Salisbury Steak recipe.
If you’re looking for a main dish, you’ve once again picked a stellar option. Dress it up with some ground hamburger, smoked sausage, shredded chicken, or even broccoli or peas.
The versatility of mac and cheese is what makes it such a fan favorite among children and adults. Mac and cheese isn't pretentious. It isn’t a seasonal dish. It’s perfect for any occasion, anytime of the year.
Can You Freeze Mac and Cheese?
In the rare instance that you have a lot of mac and cheese leftover or maybe you want to make it ahead of time, it freezes exceptionally well.
If you’re planning to freeze it in a plastic container, coat the inside with butter first. This will help get it out when you’re ready to reheat down the road.
Gallon freezer bags also work great, especially if you have a vacuum sealer. You could even freeze them in smaller portions for easy lunches or snacks.
When reheating, you may need to add a little cream or some milk to help reconstitute the cheese. Cook it low and slow, stirring often, so your sauce doesn’t break or burn to the bottom of your pan.
Sure, you could whip up one of those blue cardboard boxes with that package of cheese dust, in practically no time. But where is the fun in that?!
This foolproof recipe doesn’t take much more time or effort and it will be worlds apart in flavor and texture.
Like we've said, no one does comfort food like The Pioneer Woman. As we roll into the colder months, be sure to check out her other recipes like this mexican rice casserole that all comes together in one dish, making clean-up a breeze.
Another family favorite is the Pioneer Woman veggie chili. As a meat eater and a chili purest, I didn’t think I would like this, but the flavor is incredible. You hardly notice that it’s meat-free and you don’t miss it, either.
Before scarfing down a big bowl of this stuff, I make sure I have my favorite bottle of hot sauce and some bacon for dipping! What would you add to your bowl?
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