Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese is our new family favorite main dish! I love that it’s homemade with real ingredients and can be made on the stove in under 30 minutes. We’ve had a lot of cheese on hand to make quesadillas, nachos and pizza so I thought we would mix it up this week with Mac and Cheese. This is an easy, mostly pantry or staple ingredients dish. All you need are noodles (any kind will work!), cheese, milk, butter, a little flour and some seasonings. 

Easy Mac and Cheese

Cook Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

The first thing you’ll want to do is boil water and cook the noodles according to the package directions. While the noodles are cooking, you can start the cheese sauce. First, add butter to a large skillet on medium heat. 

Melt butter to start Mac and cheese

Let the butter melt and then add the flour in while slowly stirring. Once it thickens, you can slowly stir in the milk. This takes a few minutes to thicken. Just add the milk slowly, stir, simmer and let thicken. Once it thickens up, you can add in the seasonings and stir till combined. 

Mac and Cheese IngredientsAdd cheese to combine sauce

Then add in your cheese! I used cheddar and mozzarella. You could also add in cream cheese or any other similar style cheese. Stir until well combined and thick like the cheese sauce below. 

Cheese Sauce

Lastly, you can pour in your cooked (drained) noodles! Stir the noodles into the cheese sauce until it’s all combined. Serve right away for the best taste! You can add toppings like chicken, bacon, bratwurst or tomatoes if you’d like to jazz it up. This is one dish we can eat plain and enjoy it as it is! Grab the full recipe below and watch the video. 

Mac and Cheese  

Mac and Cheese

Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Make this easy Mac and Cheese that the whole family will enjoy!


  • 1 Pound Elbow Macaroni
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 2 Cups of Milk
  • 3-4 Cups Cheese¬†(cheddar & mozzarella)
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Mustard
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Pepper


  1. Boil water and cook noodles according to package instructions
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet on medium heat
  3. Add flour and stir till thick
  4. Slowly add milk and stir till combined and thick
  5. Add seasonings and stir
  6. Add cheese and stir
  7. Drain noodles and combine into cheese sauce
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese


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