Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

The creamiest, cheesiest macaroni and cheese could be yours in only 20 minutes.

Homemade with fresh ingredients. Real ingredients. On your table just as quickly as the processed-powdered-cheese-in-a-box-stuff.

While the pasta cooks you make a simple cheddar cheese sauce with milk, a touch of mustard (or not), salt and my secret weapon: cream cheese. Cream cheese adds flavor, a super creamy texture and thickens it without using flour.

I’m a macaroni and cheese snob. My Mom always made us baked macaroni and cheese growing up. We never had the blue boxes in our house. Then I grew up and made the packaged version for myself. It was nothing special when you’ve been eating homemade your entire life. Thanks Mom.

This is as close as you can get to mimicking store-bought without all the falseness of chemicals and preservatives.

A recipe for tried and true comfort.

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings as a side dish

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Stove-top macaroni and cheese in less than 20 minutes!


8 ounces elbow pasta
1 cup whole milk
4 ounces cream cheese (light is ok - fat free isn't)
1/2 teaspoon yellow or Dijon mustard
1 + 1/2 - 2 cups fresh shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more if needed


  1. Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile in a medium-sized saucepan warm the milk over medium heat, when you see wisps of steam rising off it turn heat down to medium-low and add cream cheese. Break the cream cheese apart and whisk until melted.
  3. Stir in mustard then add cheddar. Stir and/or whisk until cheddar is completely melted. Stir in salt. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the drained pasta to the cheese sauce and stir until pasta is completely coated. Serve immediately.

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  1. says

    I’ve seen a couple of stove top versions this week and y’all are making me want to try it. I’ve always been a creamy, baked mac and cheese proponent but yours looks great.

  2. says

    I love your quick stove top mac & cheese! I was thinking of doing it last week, but just didn’t come up with it. Thanks. My dad had homemade cracked wheat bread growing up, to where the soft store bought was a treat…now he makes his own bread all the time! :)

  3. says

    we always had the box stuff when I was growing up. Once I got a taste of home made mac and cheese I could never eat the box stuff again

  4. says

    Look at you and all of this comfort food lately! I’m loving it. Stovetop mac and cheese has always been my favorite! Totally enamored with this.

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