Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

photo of a bowl of macaroni and cheese
My brother requested that I find a macaroni and cheese recipe that is creamy, homemade, but still resembles the instant Kraft ones we ate as kids. So I’ve been on a mission to discover the best homemade stove top recipe.

I tried a recipe a few months back that seemed promising but ended up being a complete mess. I tried another recipe recently that got good reviews on Allrecipes. I changed the recipe around to accommodate the ingredients I had on hand.

The macaroni and cheese was pretty creamy, cheesy and easy to put together. But it’s not exactly what I am looking for. It had a ton of cheese in it too, which didn’t look so pretty once it got cold. I’m going to continue searching for the ultimate recipe. Does anyone have any recommendations?
close-up photo of a bowl of macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Dishes, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4

This macaroni and cheese is made on the stovetop for an easy side dish or main course.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 16 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Bring a saucepan to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook until not quite done, about 6 minutes.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour, mustard powder, and pepper until smooth. Slowly stir in the milk. Add in the cheese, and stir constantly until the sauce is thick and smooth.

  3. Drain noodles, and stir them into the cheese sauce. Serve while warm

Notes:

Recipe adapted from All Recipes

Nutrition Facts
Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 812 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50g 77%
Saturated Fat 31g 155%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 760mg 32%
Potassium 419mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 39g 78%
Vitamin A 34.8%
Calcium 98.1%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

28 comments on “Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. This looks way better than the soup I just had for lunch, haha

    • Haha. It was pretty good but not quite there for me. Still looking for the best recipe. I have a lot of cheese and recipes left to check out.

  2. Try the stovetop macaroni recipe from Annies-eats.net! Here’s the link:

    https://annies-eats.com/2011/10/27/creamy-stovetop-mac-and-cheese/

    She has one of my favorite cooking blogs, and a ton of great macaroni recipes 🙂

  3. I have been on a mission for perfect stovetop mac and cheese too! Something quick and creamy 🙂 I’ve tried this one, without the buttermilk though, and it’s pretty good! I’m sure you could make it your own somehow.
    https://www.somethingedible.com/index.php/food_drink/entry/weeknight_easy_one-pot_stove_top_macaroni_and_cheese_thats_worth_eating/
    Not sure if you’re against velveeta, but it really does add to the smooth texture.

    • Thanks for the link! I was actually going to try this recipe again with velveeta because it’s in the original recipe, but I didn’t have any on hand.

  4. This looks very creamy, delicious and comforting!

  5. Hola!
    I love mac&cheese, specially homemade, I actually looked for the same formula years ago, and I found it (or sorta). I will look for it and share with you, I think it was in the book “like mother used to make” of Tim Norrington Jones. Very nice book, by the way 🙂

  6. I was on the search for the same thing! I have tried many recipes that turned out too grainy or cheesy or bland. I finally found this one that has come the closest to the kraft mac and cheese I grew up on.
    https://www.evilshenanigans.com/2009/03/stove-top-macaroni-and-cheese/

    I reduced the amount of evaporated milk and added more regular milk because the leftovers were still a little too grainy for my taste. I also like using a mild cheddar or even colby jack for a less intense flavor. Hope this helps a little 🙂

  7. Wow this looks excellent! Great photos too 🙂

  8. It looks pretty good, not gonna lie. I’ve never made mac and cheese from scratch but I plan to during my “winter vacation.” Just got my issue of Bon Appetit, there are 10 different versions of mac and cheese, looks so intriguing!

  9. Alton Brown has a pretty tasty stovetop mac and cheese that a catering friend of mine uses. I’m sure a google search would bring it up for you ~~

  10. Alton Brown’s is the closest recipe to the Kraft stovetop that I’ve ever found. It’s quick and easy to make and easy to customize, too. We like to make it with a little bit of pepper jack in place of some of the cheddar. And I’ve used cream and half and half in place of the evaporated milk with no problems.

    https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/stove-top-mac-n-cheese-recipe/index.html

    • Thanks for the link and for letting me know what variations work! I don’t usually have evaporated milk so I’m glad cream and half and half work.

  11. Kirbie: I doubt that I will try all 10, at least not all once! Maybe one a month, don’t think this waistline can handle that much cheese and carbs. 🙂

  12. Hi highly recommend you try Alton Brown’s Stovetop Mac & Cheese. It is wonderful!

    https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/stove-top-mac-n-cheese-recipe/index.html

  13. I love to use at least 2-3 cheese in mac and cheese–at least one for a strong tang like a sharp cheddar or gruyere and at least one for creaminess like fontina. I am also not a big fan of not baking the mac and cheese because I like mine really saucy so you can always skip that step in a recipe. I recently tried America’s Test Kitchen recipe and it was really good! Sounds like not a bad taste test to find the perfect recipe.

    The Dinner Belle for Kimberlybelle.com

  14. my husband and i usually just make homemade mac but once in a while he asks for what we call “famous mac” its not homemade really but its a new twist on Kraft, we use a Kraft box, make the noodles normally then use heavy whipping cream sour cream in stead of milk. ive never really used measurement so its sorta just a look and guess kinda thing but it is creamy and rich but still the hint of the classic Kraft. also you may want to try unsweetened soy milk instead of milk or cream on homemade recipes, i do that alot when im making it completely home made..
    on another note i love your recipes and think your whole site is just wonderful

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