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Homemade Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese, there’s nothing like it. This delicious comfort food is a fast and easy double cheese creamy Macaroni Recipe and yes it’s better than baked.

macaroni and cheese in a bowl with shredded cheddar on top


Naturally we are a big Pasta loving family and this Macaroni and Cheese Recipe is tasty, creamy and cheesy exactly what it should be. I’m sure it will become one of your favourites too!

When I was in Canada one of my favourite Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese dishes was that really orange powdered stuff in a box. I hate to admit it but I just loved the stuff, so much so, that when I would come back from visiting (years ago) I would always bring back a couple of boxes.

homemade macaroni and cheese in a bowl with shredded cheese on top

And then I got smart and found the powdered mixture in the bulk store!! If I only knew back then how easy and delicious this Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese version is.

How to make the best Macaroni and Cheese Recipe.

Cook the pasta al dente

boiling the pasta

Start by making a white sauce. In a large pot melt the butter, add flour and whisk until smooth. Add a little salt and pepper.

making the white sauce for mac and cheese

Slowly add the milk, and stir to combine the ingredients to form a smooth sauce. Continue to cook the sauce until it thickens. Add the shredded cheese (that you shred yourself not pre shredded) and stir until the cheese has melted.

add cheese and combine

Gently fold in your cooked al dente pasta. Serve immediately with some shredded cheddar on top.

add the pasta and mix to make mac and cheese stovetop

What cheese is best to use?

I wanted to give this Macaroni and Cheese a little Italian touch, so I used Fontina, and of course Cheddar Cheese, the perfect combination in my opinion, although if you can’t find Fontina then substitute with Gruyere. You can also substitute with  White Cheddar, Parmesan, Smoked Gouda or a firm Mozzarella.

But most importantly shred your own cheese, never buy packaged shredded cheese, it’s terrible stuff, it’s coated so it doesn’t melt properly.

How long does it take to make Stop Top Mac and Cheese?

It doesn’t take long to make, while your pasta is cooking, remember al dente. You will be making the white sauce, once the sauce has thickened the pasta should be done, then mix it all together with the shredded cheese. And Serve.

macaroni and cheese recipe in a black pan

Sometimes the only thing we need is a little comfort, sometimes it comes from family, sometimes from friends and sometimes from food. I think this Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect dish if you are looking or needing a little comfort.

More Macaroni & Cheese Recipes

Baked Macaroni Double Cheese

out of the oven in the skillet baked macaroni double cheese

Homemade Creamy Baked Pancetta Macaroni

creamy mushroom pancetta pasta in a bowl

Creamy Cheesy Baked Pasta

a spoon of baked pasta from the pan

And even if you aren’t needing a little comfort, you will love this Macaroni and Cheese Recipe, it’s cheesy, creamy and  amazing! Buon Appetito!

a spoonful of homemade macaroni and cheese

Homemade Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Rosemary Molloy
Homemade Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese, there’s nothing like it.  This delicious comfort food is a fast and easy double cheese creamy Macaroni Recipe and yes it’s better than baked.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American/Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 362 kcal


  • 1/4 cup butter (50 grams)
  • 1/4 cup flour (32 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash black pepper
  • 2 cups milk whole or 2 % (480 grams)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (medium or sharp) (125 grams)
  • 1 cup shredded fontina or gruyere cheese (125 grams)
  • 5-6 cups cooked macaroni (2 1/2 – 3 cups dried macaroni)


  • Boil the water, add a little salt and pasta, cook just until al dent.
  • Meanwhile in a large saucepan on low / medium heat melt butter, then add the flour and whisk together until smooth, add salt and pepper, then slowly add the milk, stirring to combine. Cook and stir often until the mixture starts to thicken.  Remove from heat.
  • Add shredded cheese and stir until melted, then gently fold in the cooked al dente pasta.  Serve immediately topped with some shredded cheese.  Enjoy.


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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First published Jan 31, 2018.


  1. Want to try this recipe.

    Can you plz let me know the weight in grams for uncooked pasta(macaroni)
    Also can I use any pasta shape?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Bianca, it’s 700 grams, if you click on metric beside US customary it will show. Hope that helps. Take care! I find smaller pasta works best, but yes you can use any shape.

  2. 5 stars
    My 16 year old son has been wanting to make homemade mac & cheese that didn’t need to be baked. He followed this recipe except using all sharp white cheddar. In his words, it’s “phenomenal & delicious!”

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