Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe

Christina Lane | Dessert for Two Updated

Stovetop Mac and Cheese is the perfect weeknight dinner for two. Creamy, cheesy comfort food.

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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!

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Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe

    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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Author: Christina Lane
Recipe Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 187
Calories 617

% Daily Value*
36%
Total Fat 23g
71%
  Saturated Fat 14g
17%
Sodium 397mg
22%
Total Carbohydrate 66g
3%
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 7g
60%
Protein 30g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christina Lane

About Christina

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.