The Best Stovetop Mac and Cheese is made with three different cheeses and done on the stovetop. It’s creamy, cheesy and destined to be a family favorite!
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, though that is what my kids tend to prefer for whatever reason. In my opinion though, it 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 version is loaded with three different kinds of cheese: cheddar, Gruyere and Havarti.
Each bite is pure cheesy noodle bliss.
A lot of recipes for homemade mac and cheese are for baked Mac and cheese, like this Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese. With this recipe, I seek to make things a bit easier by making it all on the stovetop.
It really easy to make mac and cheese on the stove top. You simply need to make an easy cheese sauce and mix in the noodles. It really is that easy.
To make a cheese sauce, you melt butter, whisk in flour and then slowly whisk in milk. Finally, once the milk is steaming, add in your cheese or cheeses of choice and cook until they melt.
You will want to use good melting cheeses to make a smooth sauce. For this stovetop mac and cheese recipe, I use three different kinds of cheeses: Sharp cheddar, Havarti and Gruyere. Each one of these cheeses melts well and make a combination of delicious cheesy goodness.
Other cheeses you could use when making stovetop mac and cheese include: medium cheddar, white cheddar, smoked gouda, fontina and mozzarella.
Basically, once you have the technique down, making a cheese sauce for your macaroni and cheese is open to endless variations!
This Stovetop Mac and Cheese could be a meal all in itself, but if you’re looking for the best comfort food meal ever, serve it with this:
Post originally published in 2009. Updated recipe and photo 2019.
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. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Nutrition facts not guaranteed.
Calories: 584 , Total Fat: 38.6 , Saturated Fat: 24.9 , Cholesterol: 115mg , Sodium: 956mg , Carbohydrates: 29.2g , Fiber: 1g , Sugar: 4.6g , Protein: 30.1g
My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »
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