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Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Stovetop Mac and Cheese-Easy to make from scratch and and so much better than boxed! You only need ONE pot and it takes 20 minutes to make! Everyone's favorite comfort food!
4.41 from 5 votes


  • 12 oz large elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 whole cups milk, at room temperature
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • For serving: extra shredded cheese and crushed saltine crackers, optional


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook it just until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain the pasta set aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter over medium heat in a large pot. Turn the heat to low and whisk in the flour and ground mustard to create a paste. Whisk in milk until smooth. Turn the heat to medium and whisk until the sauce starts to thicken, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the shredded cheese until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
  • Add the drained pasta and stir until well coated with the cheese sauce. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Garnish with a little shredded cheese and crushed saltine crackers, if desired. Serve immediately.


Calories: 524kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 79mg, Sodium: 356mg, Potassium: 182mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 799IU, Calcium: 422mg, Iron: 1mg