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Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

Tired of the boxed version? Give this homemade stove top version a try instead!

Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

Today, we have a classic…Mac n Cheese!

Do some people really need a recipe for this? Honestly, no. Some people can make this simple pasta dish with their eyes closed.  Others, may not be so fortunate. So, today, we are going to share my go-top stove top, easy, peasy, mac n cheese recipe.

Now, yes, you can just grab a box of ready to make macaroni and cheese with the powdered envelope inside. But, you won’t have to worry about the box after you give this a try!

Now, I love a good boxed mac and cheese as the next person, but, this is cheesier, creamier and just plain, don’t rule out making homemade just yet!

eating Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients Needed:

  • Dried elbow macaroni
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Dijon mustard
  • Dried Spices: Salt/Pepper/Paprika/Garlic powder/Onion powder

How to Make + A Few Notes:

  • First, boil your pasta. I used the elbow mac. Use any kind of pasta you like. Just try and stick with something similar in size.
  • Then, make your cheese sauce.  I used sharp cheddar and cream cheese. They go really well together. Using regular cheddar instead of the sharp works great too.
  • The toughest part of the cheese sauce is being sure your milk doesn’t burn. Don’t keep your flame too high, keep your eye on it and give a stir often. That way, you won’t have any problems. 😉
  • Mix it all together and you are ready to serve.
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Yield: Serves: 6

Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

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Tired of the boxed version? Give this homemade stove top version a try instead!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups dried elbow macaroni
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1 TBSP flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground paprika


  1. Boil dried pasta according to box directions. Drain. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter, then, add in flour. Cook flour just only 1-2 minutes or until it resembles a thick paste.
  3. Stir in Dijon mustard, and dried spices to combine. Add in milk and whisk until smooth.
  4. Cook milk over medium heat until it starts to thicken. Stir frequently, so it doesn’t burn. Mixture should thicken in approx 3-5 minutes.
  5. Once thicken, stir in cheeses and stir until melted and sauce is smooth. Mix with cooked noodles.
  6. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 724mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 19g

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