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Classic Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 888kcal
Author: Deanna
This creamy stovetop Mac and cheese is ready in just 15 minutes using real cheese and basic ingredients.
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  • 3 Cups Elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 1/4 Cups Milk
  • 1 tsp Dried mustard
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 Cups Grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 Cup Grated monterey jack cheese
  • Chopped parsly, green onion or crumbled bacon optional


  • Set a large pot of water on the stove to boil. While the water is coming to a boil, grate the cheese.
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the milk and seasonings and whisk to blend.
  • At this point, you can add the noodles to the boiling water.
  • Continue heating the milk until it just comes to a simmer, then add the cheeses and whisk well.
  • Continue whisking while heating on medium heat until the cheese is completely melted and sauce is smooth and heated through.
  • Once the pasta is cooked (6-8 Minutes), drain and return to the pot.
  • Add the cheese sauce to the pasta and stir to combine.
  • Serve immediatly with chopped parsley, green onions or bacon


Calories: 888kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1508IU | Calcium: 730mg | Iron: 2mg