With as many tasty toppings as your imagination can hold, this Mac & Cheese Board turns leftovers into a delicious DIY dinner dream. Everyone will love customizing their own bowl of creamy Mac & Cheese!
Build-Your-Own Mac & Cheese Bowl
We love a good build-your-own dinner board, y’all. Hot, fresh, and completely customizable. This Mac & Cheese Board is a great way to turn leftovers from a previous meal (think: chicken, bacon, broccoli, peas!) into another great meal. A warm bowl of Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese is like a blank canvas, just waiting to be turned into a delicious meal creation! The only limit is your imagination! I love watching my family build their mac & cheese bowls to their liking. You never know what creative concoctions will come out of it!
Watch Me Make Stovetop Macaroni
Join me in the kitchen as I make this family favorite Stovetop Mac and Cheese!
How to Make the Stovetop Macaroni
While I believe there’s a place in this world for blue box offerings, my Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese is easy, cheesy, and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. It’s homemade, delicious and so simple, too.
- Start by cooking the pasta in a large pot, according to package directions. Then drain and set aside.
- While the pasta is cooling, whisk together the flour, onion powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- In the same pot you cooked the pasta, melt the butter over medium heat and then whisk in the flour mixture, a little at a time, continuously whisking until the mixture is thick and starts to turn light brown (about one minute).
- Slowly whisk in the milk and continue whisking until the mixture starts to thicken (about 3 minutes).
- Turn the heat to low and add the cheeses, whisking until melted. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more milk. If the sauce is too thin, add some more cheese until of desired consistency. Stir in the cooked pasta until thoroughly coated.
How to Build the Board
- First, fill small bowls with your topping ingredients. For toppings, I put some suggestions in the recipe card, but really, everything goes with macaroni and cheese, so the sky’s the limit!
- Place the small bowls around the outside of the board, saving room in the middle for the hot macaroni and cheese. When your Stovetop Mac & Cheese is ready, scoop it into a large bowl and place it in the center of the board.
- Serve and enjoy with your family as everyone creates delicious bowls of mac & cheese!
That’s all there is to it, friends! I hope you’re inspired to make this Mac & Cheese Board for your family! It’s a perfect way to use up leftovers. Be sure to tag me on Instagram @thebakermama when you make it so I can see. I LOVE seeing your board creations!
Top Your Own Mac ‘n’ Cheese Spread
Watch me put together a Top Your Own Mac n Cheese Spread that everyone will love!
If you make this Mac & Cheese Board, be sure to snap a picture and share it with me or tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see. I love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the recipes I share.
With as many tasty toppings as your imagination can hold, this Mac & Cheese Board turns leftovers into a delicious DIY dinner dream.
- Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
- blue cheese
- red onion
- chicken nuggets
- hot dog slices
- pickled jalapeño
- barbecue sauce
- hot sauce
- shredded cheese
- Ritz cracker crumbs
- green onions
- shredded chicken
One of our favorite weeknight meals, this easy cheesy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese can be on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes.
- 1 pound pasta (I used cavatappi)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon onion powder or garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3 cups milk
- 3/4 cup (6 ounces) American cheese, sliced or shredded
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, onion powder, salt and pepper.
- In the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat and then whisk in the flour mixture, a little at a time, continuously whisking until the mixture is thick and starts to turn light brown, about a minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and continue to whisk until the mixture starts to thicken, about 3 minutes.
- Turn the heat to low and add the cheeses, whisking until melted. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more milk. If the sauce is too thin, add some more cheese until of desired consistency.
- Stir in the cooked pasta until thoroughly coated. Serve and enjoy!