Three Cheese Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

If mashed potatoes are my favorite comfort food side dish, it is safe to say that macaroni and cheese runs a close second. I’m not talking about the stuff in the blue box either, which in a pinch is okay but really doesn’t hold a candle to the real stuff.  You know what I’m talking about, the stuff that your mama used to make. The down home cookin’ version of homemade mac n’ cheese. This is my take on it and it requires not one, not two but three different kinds of cheese: cheddar, Gruyere and Havarti. Each bite is pure cheesy noodle bliss.

Most homemade mac n’ cheese recipes, like this one I did about a year a go, call for some oven time. This recipe is a little different in that you can do all of it on the stove top which makes the whole process go a little faster. Including noodle cooking time it should take you about 30 minutes to prepare. Perfect for weeknight cooking.

Three Cheese Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 2 cups dried elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Havarti cheese
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 green onions, chopped



Boil pasta according to package directions. Strain.


In the same pot that you boiled the pasta in, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted sprinkle with 2 tablespoons flour. Whisk until smooth, cook 1 minute.


Slowly whisk milk into flour mixture and bring to a simmer but do not boil. Add in all three cheeses and stir until they melt. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of seasoning salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Fold in cooked noodles. Cook 5 minutes. Stir in chopped green onions. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir and adjust seasoning if necessary.


Serve hot.


If you want to make a meal out of it try throwing in some cooked diced chicken breast and enjoy!

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    Sue Pace
    January 17, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    This came out very good….highly recommend it.

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    May 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Yum! Made this for dinner tonight substituting extra Havarti for the Gruyere since that was all I had on hand, and it was amazing!

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      May 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks Karly! Extra Havarti is always good :)

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    December 19, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I love mac and cheese and this looks great!

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    December 16, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    oh yum i love mac and cheese too but cheese are too exp here..

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    December 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Can’t go wrong throwing Havarti and Gruyere cheese in there. Great idea!

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    December 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    This looks SO cheesy and good! I love the idea of adding some chicken to round out the meal. I usually add ground beef and mushrooms to mine.

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    December 16, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Process and proportion-wise, this is very close to my mom’s recipe, and thus the same one I make when I need some comfort from food. Thanks especially for including the seasoned salt — I keep Lowry’s in the house for exactly one use: my mom’s stove-top noodles and cheese.

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    December 16, 2009 at 6:01 am

    oh you used two of the best cheeses, I love it! I know that this must have tasted amazing too

    Mac and Cheese is one of my favorite comfort food dishes to make as well.

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    December 16, 2009 at 5:35 am

    I’ve never had havarti in mac & cheese, but I bet it’s delicious! This is my ultimate comfort food :).

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    Neel | Learn Food Photography
    December 15, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Cheese and Macroni, is by far the most easiest recipes (for bachelors and those who don’t like to cook). Thank you for your efforts.

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    December 15, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Woah. Bookmarked!

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    December 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    YUM!! Great picture, it looks so inviting, I want to dive right into it :) I am a Mac & Cheese FIEND!!! I would eat it every day if I knew I wouldn’t gain 300lbs!

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    December 15, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Oh how I love mac & cheese! It might just be my all time favorite food. I’m planning to make some to go with our ham for Christmas dinner, and I like the blend of cheeses you’ve picked. Thanks for the inspiration!