One Pot Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect easy dish for busy weeknights. Best of all, packed with 4 favorite cheeses and ready in under 30 minutes! Plus recipe video.
Photos updated October 2017 from original June 2014 post
This Stovetop Creamy Macaroni and Cheese is a simple recipe that’s ready in under 30 minutes. The best part is, you can ditch the blue box version and everything cooks up on the stovetop.
For a truly ONE POT version where the pasta cooks with the cheese, you can check out the recipe for my One Pot Macaroni and Cheese. And stay tuned for a super creamy slow cooker and Instant Pot version coming soon.
Stovetop Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
What I love about this stovetop macaroni and cheese recipe is that it’s pretty forgiving.
You’re going to boil the pasta until just before al dente (about 6 minutes) and drain. Next, you add all the other ingredients into that same heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, and stir until you get a creamy cheese sauce.
You can use any combination of your favorite cheese. I used:
- sharp cheddar
- cream cheese
- Provolone (for that extra gooeyness factor)
Feel free to mix it up. Gruyere, Swiss, Montery Jack, gouda, Parmesan, Asiago or Pecorino would also be great!
Finally, add the cooked macaroni back into the pot and stir to combine.
This macaroni and cheese is also the perfect vessel for cleaning out the fridge of any odds and ends you have.
You can easily add in your favorite chopped vegetables or protein (chicken, sausage or bacon) to make it a complete meal.
And of course, you are still totally free to bake or broil this in the oven for a few minutes if you prefer that extra crunchy baked topping.
Cheesy, creamy and the ultimate comfort dish.
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