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Stove Top Mac and Cheese

September 10, 2020

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Macaroni and cheese is comfort food, pure comfort food! It’s filling, It’s warm and most of all – it’s cheesy!  Stove top mac and cheese is a homemade macaroni and cheese. This delicious cheesy pasta can be made in just 20 minutes!

Stove top mac and cheese in a small white bowl.

Macaroni and cheese is always a hit in our household with both the kids and adults and this mac and cheese is definitely one of our favorites. Making homemade mac and cheese isn’t difficult and just takes a handful of ingredients.

This cheesy macaroni is made with pasta, cheddar cheese, milk, butter, flour, dry mustard, garlic powder and a touch of salt and pepper.

Now I’ll be honest, we also eat plenty of the boxed mac and cheese and there’s really nothing wrong with that! But sometimes we want things a bit cheesier and that’s when I bust out my homemade version.

Pasta, cheese, butter, milk and seasonings displayed on a wooden board.

Variations on mac and cheese

Pasta

Use any type of dried pasta

  • Elbow macaroni
  • Rotini
  • Penne
  • Mini shells

Cheese

I typically use cheddar cheese, but sometimes I add a mixture to change up the taste. Just keep the portions the same and add your favorite variety.

  • Cheddar
  • Pepper Jack
  • Monterey
  • Colby
A pile of shredded cheddar cheese on a wooden board.

Additions

  • Chopped ham
  • Sliced sausages – smokies, hot dog, kielbasa
  • Frozen peas
  • Thinly slice sun dried tomatoes
  • Cooked chicken breast

Steps for making mac and cheese

A complete list of instructions is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Boil pasta according to package directions.
  • While pasta is boiling, melt butter in another sauce pan.
  • Add flour and stir over low heat for about 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in milk.
  • Add dry mustard, garlic powder and salt and pepper.
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally to avoid scorching. The mixture will begin to thicken as it heats up.
  • Once your mixture has thickened, remove from heat and slowly stir in cheese.
  • Drain pasta and return to pan.
  • Pour cheese mixture over top, stir and serve.

Tips for making mac and cheese

  • Drain pasta completely. Water left on the pasta can make your sauce watery
  • Turn off heat before adding cheese to help prevent your sauce from breaking
  • Taste sauce before adding to pasta. Add more salt and pepper, if needed
  • For best results, serve right away
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator. Reheat pasta in microwave or try it cold!
A small white bowl filled with dry mustard and other seasonings.

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Stove top mac and cheese in a small white bowl.

Stove Top Mac and Cheese

Kathy
Creamy macaroni and cheese made on the stove top.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 484 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white ground pepper (or black ground pepper)
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)

Instructions
 

  • Boil pasta according to package directions.
  • While pasta is boiling, melt butter in another sauce pan. Stir in flour and cook over low heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Whisk in milk. Add dry mustard, garlic powder and salt and pepper
  • 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,, remove from heat and slowly add cheese while stirring.
  • Drain pasta and return to pan.
  • Pour cheese mixture over top, stir and serve.

Notes

Tips for making mac and cheese

  • Drain pasta completely. Water left on the pasta can make your sauce watery
  • Turn off heat before adding cheese to help prevent your sauce from breaking
  • Taste sauce before adding to pasta. Add more salt and pepper, if needed
  • For best results, serve right away
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator. Reheat pasta in microwave or try it cold!
Nutritional count is figured for a serving size of approximately 1 1/2 cups.ย 

Nutrition

Calories: 484kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 22gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 435mgPotassium: 301mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 446IUCalcium: 267mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Macaroni and Cheese, Pasta with Cheese SAuce, Stove Top Mac and Cheese
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This post was originally published in October 2015. The pictures, text and recipe have been updated.

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    September 14, 2020 at 6:27 am

    5 stars
    Mac and cheese is always a hit in our home too..I mean, what’s not to love, right? This looks so creamy and delicious, Kathy, and totally wishing I had a big bowl for lunch today!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 15, 2020 at 4:46 am

      You just can’t go wrong with a creamy comfort food like mac and cheese!

  • Reply
    Alex
    September 11, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    5 stars
    There is nothing more comforting than good old mac and cheese ๐Ÿ™‚ Your version is so creamy, cheesy and delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 12, 2020 at 7:33 am

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Valentina
    September 11, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    5 stars
    I never met a person who didn’t love mac and cheese. This recipe looks and sounds fabulous! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Valentina

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    September 11, 2020 at 4:28 am

    5 stars
    You know what’s funny? We were literally making Robbie mac-and-cheese last night on the stovetop, and we commented how much better it tastes than the boxed stuff. And it’s so easy, too! This post is making me crave mac and cheese like crazy right now – there’s a chill in the air, and I’m ready for some good fall comfort food!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 11, 2020 at 5:01 am

      It really is easy peasy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Suzi
    November 7, 2015 at 4:19 am

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

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 7, 2015 at 7:49 am

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

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