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4.67 from 12 votes

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

This easy to make mac and cheese will please the whole family.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy recipe, quick, vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 654kcal
Author: Jersey Girl Cooks (Lisa Grant)
Cost: $5


  • sauce pan


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk 2% or whole milk work best
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • salt and pepper, to taste (optional)


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and cook macaroni according to instructions on the box for al a dente. Drain well.
  • In the same pot, melt the butter on medium heat and stir in the flour. Mix with a wire whisk until it becomes a paste and slowly add the milk. Cook on low heat for a few minutes until thickened.
  • Remove sauce from heat and slowly add the shredded cheese. Mix well until the sauce is smooth. Use a whish for best results.
  • Stir in the pasta and mix until hot and well combined. You can put on the stove and cook on low heat if you need it to thicken a bit more.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste if necessary.


Calories: 654kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1215IU | Calcium: 773mg | Iron: 1mg