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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.

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Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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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."

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."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"one of husbands favorites"

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

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

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