- 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
- 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.
- Stir in cheese until melted. Drain macaroni; add to cheese sauce and stir to coat. If desired, sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 6 servings.
Reviews forStovetop Macaroni and Cheese
"I’ve probably made this a dozen or so times since I first found it. Delicious and so easy. Get lots of compliments. I always make a full 16 oz pkg of rotini noodles. Recipe makes plenty sauce for a full pound. I like the rotini noodles. The cheese sauce clings so we’ll. I didn’t even realize the recipe called for only 7 ounces. Make a full pound! I also added 1/2 tsp of dried mustard. Very good recipe. Kids and adults both love it. Enjoy!"
"A nice alternative to baked Macaroni and Cheese. We loved it, the only change we made was using Pepper Jack Cheese, because I like the extra kick it adds."
"Loved this! My Mom used to make stove-top mac and cheese with cheddar and Velvetta, and I'd quit adding cheddar when my kids were little because they didn't like the stringly.....silly kids, not my genes. I did add some Velvetta to taste like Mom's, had to."
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"one of husbands favorites"