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Easy Weeknight Meals Challenge Day 5: Pasta

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Welcome to Day 5 of the Easy Weeknight Meals Challenge! Each day we'll give you tasty new recipe to go along with a new food theme!

Here is an easy recipe to try for today's theme: Pasta

Quick and Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes   
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes    
  • Makes: 6 servings

A great twist on a childhood favorite, this three cheese baked macaroni and cheese is easy and delicious. Plus, by using pan lining paper, you'll eliminate time-consuming scrubbing and soaking to remove baked-on cheese from the casserole dish!


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked and drained


1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

2. LINE a 13x9x2-inch baking dish with Reynolds Wrap® Pan Lining Paper with parchment paper side toward food. Crimp pan lining paper around rim of casserole dish; set aside.

3.  PLACE butter, onion and garlic in large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until onion is tender. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Pour in milk and chicken stock, whisking constantly. Heat until mixture is thickened and smooth.

4. ADD three cheeses; stir until cheese is melted. Stir in cooked macaroni.


1.  POUR mac and cheese into lined casserole dish.

2. BAKE uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Reynolds Kitchens Tip: Use pan lining paper as a tear resistant liner, so you'll have no problem scooping and serving this delicious dish right from the pan. Plus, it eliminates time-consuming scrubbing and soaking to remove baked-on cheese from the casserole dish. The best and fastest way to use pan lining paper? Turn your pan upside down and press a sheet of pan lining paper around it. Remove pan lining paper, flip pan over and drop pan lining paper inside. Crimp the edges around rim of pan. Easy cheesy!


How many nights a week does your family eat pasta? What are some of their favorite dishes? Share your easy pasta recipes!

Each mom who participates in all 5 days of the challenge will be entered to win a $50 American Express® gift card.

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by on Aug. 22, 2014 at 7:22 AM
Replies (81-87):
by on Aug. 23, 2014 at 1:36 PM

 We all love pasta.  Probably not good for us . .

by on Aug. 23, 2014 at 2:40 PM

This is great!!  My husband and I were talking about mac n cheese last night and how we wanted to find a recipe for homemade.  Thank you!!!

by on Aug. 23, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Pasta Salad is a common pasta dish at our house.

by on Aug. 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM

one night a week

by on Aug. 24, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Oh yum! That sounds good! We do pasta as a side 2-3 times a week.

by Bronze Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Maybe 1 time every few weeks.  I need to find some good pasta recipes. 

by New Member on Aug. 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Too many nights my dh would say we eat something pasta.

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