Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 25 min.
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 388 calories, 22g fat (15g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 542mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 16g protein.
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Oct 6, 2018
Made this as written, with no paprika, per DSO's request. Instead of using more macaroni, as others had noted there would be plenty of sauce, I added 8 oz cooked ground chicken. I sprinkled my serving with Red Robin seasoning (love that stuff!) It was delicious! Quick and easy....two of my favorite words when it comes to recipes!
Jul 3, 2018
On a very hot day when I still want to cook a hot dinner? Stovetop mac n cheese is quick, easy and satisfying. Served with a nice green vegetable and cool tomato/cucumber salad. Also good when I have “nothing in the house” for dinner.
Feb 5, 2018
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!
Dec 21, 2017
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.
Nov 4, 2017
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.