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Stove Top Mac and Cheese

October 3, 2015 (Last Updated: March 10, 2019)

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Mac and cheese is comfort food.  It’s filling, It’s warm and most of all…it’s cheesy!  On the weekends, mac and cheese  is often on our lunch menu.  This stove top mac and cheese is quick and easy and tastes delicious.

Bowl of macaroni and cheese

If my kids had their choice, they’d probably buy and make those boxes of mac and cheese with the powdered cheese!  I don’t know what it is about that stuff that they love.  Maybe it’s the orange color….or perhaps the little noodles.  The good thing is, they also love my mac and cheese.  

Maybe it’s really that they want what they can’t have.  I’m going to keep making them this version. And I’m fairly certain they will keep eating it!

Macaroni and cheese

You can use almost any type of cheese in this sauce.  I typically use cheddar, but sometimes mix in Monteray Jack, mozzarella, or even throw in a bit of Parmesan. As long as you keep the portions the same, any hard cheese will work. The cheese sauce cooks in the amount of time it takes to cook the pasta.  When your pasta is done cooking, simply drain, return to the pan and add the sauce.  It takes a few minutes longer than the box…but the end result is soooo worth it!  And no powdered cheese!

Bowl of macaroni and cheese

Stove Top Mac and Cheese

Creamy macaroni and cheese
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 6 people


  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Boil pasta according to package directions.
  • While pasta is boiling, melt butter in another sauce pan.
  • Add flour and stir over heat for about 2 minutes.
  • Add milk to flour mixture. Whisk while adding milk to help avoid lumps.
  • Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally to avoid scorching. The mixture will begin to thicken as it heats up.
  • Do not bring to a boil.
  • Once your mixture has thickened, slowly add cheese while stirring.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Drain pasta and return to pan.
  • Pour cheese mixture over top, stir and serve.


I usually use cheddar cheese, but sometimes use a mixture of cheddar and Monteray jack. Almost any kind of cheese will work. Use your favorite variety or blend.
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Macaroni and cheese

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  • Reply
    November 7, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Thumbs up from the “box loving”kids! So quick and easy too!

    • Reply
      November 7, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Glad you tried it and your kids loved it! Hooray!!!

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