Millennial Grocery Guide

Homemade Mac & Cheese

How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store, by order that you'd usually purchase them (starting in produce & deli, then over to dry goods, then dairy). There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet). 

About Millennial Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!

From Your Cabinet & Pantry

  • Salt, pepper, and garlic


  • 1 cup Asiago cheese (shredded) $$ Asiago has a unique flavor that really makes the sauce shine and the whole dish come together. You will be able to find Asiago in some form at your grocery store - likely in the cheese display in the deli area. You can sometimes find it pre-shredded, or buy a block and shred it yourself. It should come as no surprise that I love the Trader Joe's brand. Substitute: If you can't find Asiago or don't want to buy an additional cheese if you already have something that might work, Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) or Pecorino Romano (Romano) will work just fine.

Dry Goods

  • 1 box of pasta (like penne) $ Substitute: Any shape of pasta will work. I recommend hollow/tube shapes to really hold the sauce well. Overall, a shorter pasta works best to mix in with all the ingredients, but you could also do this with something like spaghetti, fetuccini, or linguine. It will still taste delicious! Additional substitution options include a gluten free pasta!


  • 1 cup heavy cream $$ Buy the smallest container you can find, usually in a pint-size (which is 2 cups). Substitute: Light cream or half & half will also work if the heavy cream is too much.