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Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe

This Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe is an outstanding, rich, creamy, and an ultra-cheesy dish! There’s no need to turn to the boxed macaroni and cheese version. Prepare this creamy mac and cheese in minutes. 
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 657kcal


  • Saucepan


  • 1 Lbs. cavatappi pasta
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 2 Cans 12 Oz. evaporated milk
  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Begin by cooking your pasta. We recommend cooking the pasta just about al dente; our cavatappi noodles took about 12 minutes, and if you are using elbow macaroni noodles, it will take about 5 minutes.
    In a small cup or bowl, add the all purpose flour and ½ cup of the heavy cream. Mix well and set aside.
    Drain the noodles and place the noodles back in the pan.
    step by step guide to make Mac and cheese
  • Reduce to heat to low. Add the evaporated milk, remaining heavy cream, butter, salt and pepper, and cheese (1 cup at a time). Mix well.
    Next add in the yellow mustard and continue to mix until well incorporated. Serve warm and enjoy.
    stovetop Mac and cheese in blue bowl



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Quick mac and cheese recipe tips:
  1. Try not to overcook the pasta, it will become mushy.
  2. Follow the directions on the box when cooking the pasta for best results. 
  3. Salt the water and add oil to prevent the pasta from sticking to each other. 
  4. Take your time with the sauce. Try to stir or whisk in a circular motion.
  5. Add the cheese the first sign you see the milk is about to bubble.
  6. Adjust the salt level and cheese as needed.


Serving: 6People | Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Calcium: 347mg | Iron: 9mg