Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese 🧀

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Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese :-You don’t need to bake this simple homemade mac and cheese recipe because it only requires eight ingredients and can be prepared in fifteen minutes on the stovetop. Now is the time to give up the boxed macaroni and cheese in favor of this homemade recipe that is deliciously creamy, silky, and cheesy!


Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese


Ingredients  :

Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder (optional but recommended)
  • 1 cup  whole milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (8 oz


Instructions  :

  • Cook elbow macaroni in accordance with the directions provided on the package. Be sure to incorporate a quarter of a teaspoon of salt into the water that is used to bring the noodles to a boil. After draining, set it aside.


Make the cheese sauce:

  • Garlic powder, sea salt, and flour should be combined in a small basin and mixed together. Put aside for later.
  • Butter is melted in a saucepan of medium size at a heat setting of medium.
  • Mix the flour mixture with a whisk after adding it.


  • Cook for one minute, or until the mixture exhibits a hint of browning.
  • Add one cup of milk and whisk the mixture until it is completely smooth.
  • To achieve a smooth consistency, add sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and mix it.


  • Cook over medium-high heat for approximately three to five minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Do not allow it to come to a boil.
  • When the mixture has reached the point where it is thick enough to stick to the back of the spatula, turn the heat down to a low setting and add the cheese. To ensure that the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth, whisk it. You can taste it and add more salt or seasoning if you like.


Assemble & Serve

  • After adding the pasta that has been cooked, mix it into the cheese sauce in the pot until the sauce is distributed evenly.
  • I would recommend allowing the macaroni and cheese to cool for three to five minutes, or until the cheese sauce has become slightly more thick and adheres to the noodles.Serve when still hot!

a bowl full of Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

Notes :

How to Store Mac & Cheese

  • You may keep it in the refrigerator for up to five days if you store it in an airtight container.


  • Take it back to the stovetop or the microwave to reheat it. To restore the creamy texture of the macaroni and cheese after it has been stored, you might need to add an additional one to two tablespoons of milk.

Ingredient Substitutions: 

  • Macaroni.In the past, I have used virtually every type of noodle imaginable to make this mac and cheese recipe, and it has never failed to produce a dish that is absolutely mouthwatering. You could alternatively use pasta that does not include gluten, pasta made from whole wheat, chickpea pasta, and so on. 
  • All-Purpose Flour.Corn starch, tapioca starch/flour, and all-purpose gluten-free flour are some of the alternatives that can be used in place of flour. These alternatives are effective.


  • Milk.It is possible to use any kind of liquid dairy product in this recipe. Always keep in mind that the creamier your homemade mac and cheese will be, the larger the percentage of fat it contains. All of these, including whole milk, 2% milk, half and half, and cream, are effective!


  • Sour Cream. In place of sour cream, I have successfully substituted Greek yogurt, which yielded wonderful results.


  • Cheese. A high-quality cheddar cheese that ranges from medium to sharp is what I would recommend for the best flavor!


  • Garlic powder: In spite of the fact that this component is not required, I believe that it contributes a subtle flavor that elevates this recipe for mac and cheese to a higher level without rendering it unappealing to children. Adjust the quantity to suit the preferences of your family!


Nutrition :

  • Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 271.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.3g | Protein: 12.3g | Fat: 13.8g | Saturated Fat: 8.5g | Polyunsaturated
  • Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated
  • Fat: 3.5g | Cholesterol: 41.7mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 102.8mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 2.6g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin
  • C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 0.3mg


FAQs :

How do you store mac and cheese? 

  • Keep any leftovers of this homemade mac and cheese dish in the refrigerator in a container that is airtight and does not allow air to escape. While it is being warmed, you might need to add one to two tablespoons of milk in order to bring back its original creaminess. This is because it becomes more thick as it cools.


Can homemade mac and cheese be frozen? 

  • Although it is possible to freeze this homemade mac and cheese, I do not recommend doing so. The fact that this recipe for mac and cheese is so simple to prepare means that there is really no need to freeze it. If you are looking for a recipe for mac and cheese that can be stored in the freezer, you should check out my baked mac and cheese!

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