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Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

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amsm 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 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 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 220847
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"one of husbands favorites"

rebelwithoutaclue 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 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 201835
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

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

sastava 18250
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"There was absolutely no flavor to this recipe. Too much flour taste. Not recommended."

laaalaala_13 17199
Reviewed May. 7, 2010

"I really like this recipes, it's quick, easy, and tastes so good... too good. I plan on making this again, maybe with swiss, or pepperjack cheese!"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"It was different but I prefer the baked version. I will make this again for a quick side dish."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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