Stovetop Mac and Cheese: Easy Comfort

Christina Lane | Dessert for Two

Super easy stovetop mac and cheese. Christina says it makes enough for two, but we won't blame you if you eat it all yourself!

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If there ever was a recipe for a big bowl of comforting food, it is stovetop mac and cheese. There’s hardly a soul who wouldn’t be warmed by this stuff. Creamy, cheesy and comforting, everyone loves this dish. But shouldn’t you have a recipe that just makes 2 bowls?
You can whip this up anytime your honey has a bad day. As you share a pot of this mac ‘n cheese, they can tell you all about their day. By the end of the bowl, I guarantee your loved one will be feeling better. If you are the one that has the bad day, well, make this and eat both servings.
This recipe is easier than standard macaroni and cheese, because it doesn’t require a roux for thickening. I’ve found that by whisking flour into a small amount of cold milk separately, and then pouring this into the warm milk on the stove, the result is even creamier. Add the grated cheese once the mixture thickens slightly.
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I use Meunster in my mac ‘n cheese for its creamy, melting properties. In my opinion, it’s the American version of young Fontina commonly used in Fondue. It melts smoothly and evenly every time. I also stir in a bit of cheddar at the end for the tang that you know and love in mac ‘n cheese. The cheddar is entirely optional; the recipe is just as good made with all Meunster cheese. Please, though, grate your own cheese. The pre-grated stuff is covered with a sawdust-like material that can be grainy in the final dish.
I hope this stovetop macaroni and cheese brings you comfort!
Need more comfort food? Shelly's roasted potatoes recipe and crock pot pulled chicken recipe are not to be missed!

    2 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 cup milk, plus 2 tablespoons, divided (1% or higher)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup muenster cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepot, bring water to boil for the noodles. While waiting for the water to boil, grate the cheese. 
  2. Add the noodles to the boiling water with a hefty pinch of salt. Stir once and let cook for the amount of time recommended on the package, usually 8-9 minutes.
  3. Once the noodles are cooking, begin making the sauce. 
  4. In a small saucepan, heat 3/4 cup of the milk. Do not let it boil, but look for steam to rise from the surface. 
  5. Next, in a separate small dish, whisk together the flour and remaining 2 tablespoons of milk. 
  6. Stir the flour and milk mixture into the steaming milk and stir gently. Once it begins to thicken (but not boil), add the cheeses and turn off the heat. 
  7. Stir very well until the cheese melts. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Drain the macaroni and pour it back in the cooking pot, and add the cheese sauce on top. Stir and serve immediately.
 

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Christina grew up in Texas, but now lives in Missouri.You may know her best for her Dessert for Two, but here on Food Fanatic, she’s famous for her fantastic Dinners for Two.

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    Yum! This looks so perfect. Mac and cheese is my favorite, so I will def be trying this soon!

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    These looks delicious! I have been looking for a easy recipe for mac and cheese, now I am glad to stumble on your post. Thanks!

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    This is a great recipe. I like the presentation and just how simple it is.