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Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

This Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese is so delicious and ready in just 25 minutes. The cheese sauce has a perfect velvety, creamy texture for that warm and gooey feeling of the most loved comfort foods recipes ever!! We love to serve this recipe on the table during the holidays.

If you love this, try like my Cracker Barrel hash brown casserole, cheesy funeral potatoes, Paula Deen’s cheesy green bean casserole and my broccoli cheese and rice casserole.


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Homemade Mac and cheese recipe

Whenever I need a warm cozy food hug this is my go to recipe, it just feels so good!!

I love how simple the ingredients are for this smooth cheesy recipe, featuring macaroni and the best yummy cheddar cheese stretch that kids love!!

Move over store bought processed boxed Mac and cheese. You can enjoy this best ever, easy homemade recipe with just 5 minutes of prep time!!

Wooden spoon scooping Mac and cheese in sauce.

The difference between this and my cavatappi Mac and cheese recipe is that is cooked on the stove instead of the oven, with a creamier cheese sauce without a breadcrumb topping.

Serve this with my cheese stuffed garlic bread, easy house salad, herbed beer bread, green bean casserole with sour cream, and fried chicken recipe. Perfect as a side dish with my easy chicken recipes!!

Macaroni and cheese served on a white plate.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • QUICK AND EASY – 5 minute prep with 20 minute cook time
  • COMFORT FOOD – the ultimate cozy and comforting recipe
  • KIDS FAVORITE – easy lunch or dinner recipe the whole family will love
  • CLASSIC SIDE DISH – one of the most loved holiday side dish recipes

Ingredients

Labelled ingredients for stovetop mac and cheese recipe.
  • Macaroni – elbow pasta
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste
  • Milk – use 2% or whole milk
  • Cheddar Cheese – freshly shredded
  • Mozzarella Cheese – freshly shredded. It’s the best cheese for melting!

Handy tip: Do not skip the mozzarella

Using the classic cheese mix of cheddar cheese with mozzarella cheese helps to create a creamier Mac and cheese with more flavor and the perfect fun cheese pull!!

Substitutions

In a pinch if you are out of elbow macaroni pasta you can use shells or your favorite pasta shapes.

You can also use a sharper cheddar cheese to suit your taste buds.

Overhead image of mac and cheese on a white plate.

How to Make Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Step by step images and instructions for how to make stovetop mac and cheese.

STEP ONE – In a large pot, cook the elbow maracaroni pasta until al dente.

STEP TWO – While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in the dutch oven.

STEP THREE – Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour, then whisk in the spices.

STEP FOUR – Slowly pour the milk into the butter and flour mixture to make a roux.

STEP FIVE – Once all of the milk is whisked in and the sauce is thick, add all of the cheese and stir in until melted.

Step by step images for how to make mac and cheese.

STEP SIX – Then remove from the heat and stir in all of the elbow pasta until it is completely covered with the cheese sauce.

STEP SEVEN – Allow to cool slightly before serving, then enjoy!

Variations

Use a breadcrumb topping like I used on my baked Mac and cheese recipe.

Add spices like cayenne pepper to kick it up a notch!!

Mac and cheese is scooped onto a white plate.

Sandra’s Top Tips

  • A large pot or Dutch oven (5 quart) works well in this recipe
  • Grate your own cheese as using freshly shredded cheese will make a Mac and cheese that tastes better with a better cheese melt than using pre-shredded cheese from the store
  • Do not overcook the pasta
  • We enjoy this served with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top
  • This is ready to eat as soon as you mix in the cheese sauce with the pasta!!
Mac and cheese on a white plate.

Storage and reheating instructions

Store any leftover macaroni and cheese using an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Reheat in a saucepan over a medium heat on stove until heated through. You may have to add some milk to help get a creamier texture.

Use a microwave safe dish to reheat a single serving in the microwave for 1 minute. Then stir and reheat using 30 second intervals until heated through.

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Scoop of mac and cheese held over dish of remaining mac and cheese.

Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese


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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Description

This Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese is so delicious and ready in just 25 minutes. The cheese sauce has a perfect velvety, creamy texture for that warm and gooey feeling of the most loved comfort foods recipes ever!! We love to serve this recipe on the table during the holidays.


Ingredients

3 cups Elbows

1/4 cup Butter

3 tablespoons Flour

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon Onion Powder

Salt & Pepper, to taste

1 1/2 cups Milk

2 cups Cheddar Cheese, freshly shredded

1 cup Mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded


Instructions

Cook the elbow pasta al dente in a medium or large pot.

While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in the dutch oven.

Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour, then whisk in the spices.

Slowly pour the milk into the butter and flour mixture to make a roux.

Once all of the milk is whisked in and the sauce is thick, add all of the cheese and stir in until melted.

Then remove from the heat and stir in all of the elbow pasta until it is covered well.

Allow to cool slightly before serving, then enjoy!

Notes

Storage and reheating instructions:

Store any leftover macaroni and cheese using an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Reheat in a saucepan over a medium heat on stove until heated through. You may have to add some milk to help get a creamier texture.

Use a microwave safe dish to reheat a single serving in the microwave for 1 minute. Then stir and reheat using 30 second intervals until heated through.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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