One of our favorite weeknight meals, this easy cheesy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese can be on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes.

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese by The BakerMama

Easy, Cheesy and Full of Flavor

This is it, y’all! The dinner that’s always a winner! Easy, cheesy, and full of flavor, we make this creamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese at least once a week. It never ceases to satisfy! One pot and less than 30 minutes is all it takes to have this tasty meal on the table for the whole family to enjoy… 

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese by The BakerMama

Watch Me Make Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Step into the kitchen with me to make this comfort food classic for dinner.

Creamy and Dreamy

This homemade mac and cheese is so creamy and dreamy and makes for great leftovers! That is, if you’re lucky enough to have any! And not just our boys love this mac & cheese. Brandon and I crave it all the time, too!

I like to serve it as the main dish with a side salad or some veggies. Or I make it as a side dish to some barbecued meat. Add a little hot sauce and it’s so good.

A blend of cheddar and America cheeses makes a creamy sauce they can’t resist. That means it’s the meltiest, most flavorful macaroni and cheese recipe around.

A large white bowl filled with macaroni and cheese.

Pick Your Noodle!

I love using the large, thick cavatappi pasta for this creamy stovetop mac and cheese recipe because that shape of noodles is easier for the boys to pick up with their forks and it holds the thick cheese sauce so well, but feel free to use your family’s favorite pasta!

What is in Homemade Mac n’ Cheese?

  • Pasta
  • Shredded cheese blend (sharp cheddar, extra-sharp cheddar cheese, or white cheddar)
  • American cheese
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Large pot or Dutch oven
Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese by The BakerMama

Macaroni and Cheese Board

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! What will you add to your mac?

Mac & Cheese Board by The BakerMama

How to Make Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, first boil pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta water off the cooked pasta and set aside. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  • In the same pot, melt 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. Add more salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Stir in the cooked macaroni until thoroughly coated. Serve and enjoy!
Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese by The BakerMama

Comfort Foods You Can’t Resist

These family-style dinners will fill ’em up with comfort and good food! 

  • The Best Beef Stew: A hearty, warm meal that’s made with fresh ingredients and whole lotta love.
  • Great Grilled Cheese: A warm, melty grilled cheese with a crisp butter outside and a gooey melted center is the ultimate comfort food.
  • Crowd-Pleasing Turkey Lasagna: Gather the family around the table for the comfort of a hot, delicious meal. Fresh herbs, creamy cheeses, and ground turkey make this pasta dish a labor of love that everyone will enjoy.
Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese by The BakerMama

How to Store Leftover Macaroni and Cheese

Store macaroni and cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.

A large white bowl filled with macaroni and cheese.

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A large white bowl filled with macaroni and cheese.

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

  • Author: Maegan – The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Main

Description

One of our favorite weeknight meals, this easy cheesy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese can be on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes.


Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Stir in the cooked pasta until thoroughly coated. Serve and enjoy!

Products used to make this recipe:

All-Clad Sauce Pan

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About The BakerMama

Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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  1. Been looking for the right mac & cheese recipe an finally found it. Creamy smooth and cheesy and pretty easy to make. My last few efforts were somehow gritty and gloppy. It was a bonus how much my wife enjoyed it. Definitely goes into the dinner rotation.

  2. Perfect! I made this for my 4 grandchildren and they loved it! I and my husband enjoyed it too. Easy and yummy!