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Quick and Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Quick & Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese. If your mac & cheese comes in a box & glows like a neon orange radioactive waste dump it’s time for something better!

Quick and Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Quick and Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Olivia and Noah are in the kitchen making a family favourite side dish today. This recipe is great to make with a kitchen buddy because it’s good to have one person continuously stirring as the other slowly adds the cheese.

If your mac and cheese comes from a box on the supermarket shelf and glows like a neon orange radioactive waste dump, it’s time to change your ways and discover something immeasurably better.

What we love about this great basic recipe is the number of flavour combinations possible just by switching up the type of cheese and adding a different herb, spice or other flavour element.

Quick and Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Quick and Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

White Cheddar and Crumbled Bacon , Monterey Jack and Jalapeno, Swiss and Fresh Herbs, Colby and Chive; just about any cheese that will melt smoothly can be used alone or with an added flavour element.

Another great idea is to consider blended cheese combinations!  You can also add some cooked sausage or ham for a complete lunch or dinner meal too.

We like to spice this mac and cheese up a little on occasion too, especially when serving it as a barbecue side dish when we add a pinch or two of chipotle powder, chilli powder or smoked paprika.

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5 from 2 votes
Quick and Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese
Quick and Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Quick and Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese - Forget powdered cheese in artificial neon colors, this easy mac and cheese is real food, comes together quickly, and the kids will love it.
Course: Side Dishes
Servings: 6 servings as a side dish
Calories: 535 kcal
Author: Barry C. Parsons
  • ½ lb pasta cooked al dente. We like penne and rotini best because they hold the cheese sauce so well.
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk split in 2 six ounce portions
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp dry mustard powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 12 ounces aged cheddar cheese grated and separated in 4 equal portions
  1. Cook the pasta in salted water as instructed on the package. Don't overcook it; nobody likes mushy mac and cheese.
  2. Drain the pasta and add the butter stirring until completely melted. Cover until ready to add to the sauce.
  3. Whisk together 6 ounces of the milk, the eggs, salt, pepper and dry mustard. Add 2 portions of the cheese, then add this mixture to the pasta and butter.
  4. Cook over low heat stirring constantly until the cheese melts, then quickly add the remaining milk, stirring until smooth.
  5. Add the other two portions of cheese one at a time, stirring constantly until the cheese is completely melted. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

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Friday 19th of June 2020

This is my go to now ,I always have loads of cheese on hand ,right now a fair but if extra old type & old cheddar Sooo good .Passed recipe on to my daughter she loves it .Thank you for your recipes from the heart .

Toula Monasteridis

Friday 8th of February 2019

Wow! Thank you for the recipe Barry! Best Mac and Cheese! Just made it :)! No neon orange radioactive waste dump here lol!


Friday 25th of May 2018

How many servings does this recipe yield? I'm planning on making it for 15 people. Should I double it Thanks

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 2nd of July 2018

The number of servings is showing as 6.


Tuesday 28th of July 2015

This is fantastic! It yields a smooth, creamy sauce. I followed the recipe exactly as written. My family loves this!


Wednesday 25th of July 2012

My daughter will be making this yummy looking dish on Sunday. I will keep you posted!

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