Making mac and cheese for one person is easy, and it requires just one pot! The key to success is making sure all of your ingredients are prepped and ready before you begin, as everything moves pretty quickly. Also, be sure to use a delicious sharp Cheddar for this recipe so that your mac and cheese delivers all of that delicious cheesy flavor., October 2022


Credit: Sara Haas

Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Coat the bottom of a small saucepan with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add panko; cook, stirring often, until golden, 30 to 45 seconds. Transfer to a plate. Let the pot cool slightly, then wipe it clean. 

  • Add 2 cups water to the pot; bring to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions. Drain the pasta; transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm. Wipe out the pot.

  • Heat oil in the pot over medium heat. Stir in flour; cook, whisking constantly, until golden and toasty, 30 to 45 seconds. Gradually whisk in milk; cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce simmers and thickens, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, salt, Worcestershire and garlic powder. Stir in the pasta. Top with the toasted breadcrumbs just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

about 2/3 cup
276 calories; protein 11g; carbohydrates 34g; dietary fiber 4g; sugars 5g; fat 11g; saturated fat 3g; mono fat 5g; poly fat 1g; cholesterol 15mg; vitamin a iu 301IU; vitamin b12 1mcg; vitamin d iu 32IU; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 15mg; sodium 418mg; calcium 193mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 12mg; phosphorus 131mg; potassium 119mg; zinc 1mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; niacin equivalents 2mg; selenium 7mcg.