Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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When I was a girl, Mama used Texas Longhorn cheese in this recipe. After it melted all over the macaroni, I loved to dig in and see how many strings of cheese would follow my spoonful. —Imogene Hutton, Brownwood, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Paprika, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 388 calories, 22g fat (15g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 542mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 16g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened.
  2. Stir in cheese until melted. Drain macaroni; add to cheese sauce and stir to coat. If desired, sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese in Reminisce Extra October 1994, p47

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Melissa User ID: 8981594 257801
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2016

"I used whole wheat flour, 16 oz (not 7oz) whole wheat macaroni and added about 1/8 cup of yellow mustard, a generous shake of curry powder, some garlic powder, and extra paprika. Otherwise used this recipe exactly, was delicious!"

angela32 User ID: 3084463 257521
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"This was good and much faster than a baked version. I did added a little more salt to mine and red pepper flakes because we like heat, but no other changes than those two spices."

meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 254706
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2016

"This is the first stove top mac and cheese recipe I have made. It was very simple and super cheesy. The sauce would be awesome to dip soft pretzels in, too! I used penne pasta because that's what I had on hand. They worked great. I've never actually bought a 7 oz box of pasta before, I did 3 cups of pasta and just added a little more of each ingredient. In the future, I would add some more seasonings to increase the flavor. Maybe some mustard or cayenne pepper. Very good though!"

amsm User ID: 8302234 252717
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"This is a good basic macaroni and cheese recipe. My family loves homemade mac and cheese that is made on the stovetop, so this was a perfect recipe for us."

mums the word User ID: 1893487 227749
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2015

"My daughter loves this mac and cheese. It is important to let the flour cook in the butter for a few minutes to get rid of the "raw flour" taste and also be sure to use a good quality cheese. Good stuff, thanks for the recipe."

DianeC23 User ID: 141506 226141
Reviewed May. 10, 2015

"I made this exactly as directed, but it had a gritty texture (too much flour?), and was rather bland. It looked good (and even looked like the photo), but I wouldn't make it again."

THeadvocate317 User ID: 7540255 220847
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"one of husbands favorites"

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 42515
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"Too much flour. Ok for kids I guess but adults should expect more. And what ever became of Longhorn cheese?"

afoth73 User ID: 1490711 15522
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"This will not be made at our house again!! I wanted to make it into a meal so I added broccoli and ham cubes into the Macaroni and Cheese. I made it exactly as written but it was completely tasteless and super pasty and thick. The broccoli and ham were the only things with any flavor. We ended up throwing it in the garbage after dinner. It was nothing like the picture and was highly disappointing!!"

transou4 User ID: 4832312 201835
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"Boxed mac and cheese dinners are easier and have about as much taste."

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