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Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese from Scratch

This Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese from Scratch is so easy to make and only requires 1 pot!

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese | Buttered Side Up

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese | Buttered Side Up

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese | Buttered Side Up

Mac and Cheese
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese | Buttered Side Up

I used to turn up my nose at the very thought of macaroni and cheese. Growing up, we rarely ate the stuff. Occasionally we’d try a prepackaged variety. Horrid. Just horrid.

Fast forward to after Reuben and I were married. He told me about how much he liked mac and cheese. So I decided to try make some for him: from scratch. It was massively gross. I used whole wheat noodles which were bitter, and the sauce was tasteless. Needless to say I was very discouraged.

And so Reuben convinced me to (reluctantly) buy the prepackaged variety. To my surprise, I quite liked it.

But I didn’t want to give up on mac and cheese from scratch.

I tried my fair share of macaroni and cheese recipes. They were all disappointing on some level. And then one day, being fed up with making cheese sauces and shoving mac and cheese into the oven, I decided to simplify things. I threw some good ingredients into a pot of noodles and gave it a stir. Bingo. Delicious. Stovetop macaroni and cheese.

This recipe is quite rich. So if you aren’t in love with all things cheesy and creamy, this may not be the recipe for you. But if you like things over-the-top, you should definitely give this a try.

NOTE: I like shredding the cheese myself rather than using the pre-shredded stuff you buy in a big bag – it’s full of anti-caking agents. 

Also, inspired by Tracy, I gave Sriracha on mac and cheese a try. It was quite good.

If you like to experiment with your mac and cheese, make sure to check out my Caramelized Onion, Bacon, and Arugula Mac and Cheese – it’s a good one!

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Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese from Scratch!
1 from 1 vote

Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

This mac and cheese is made with real ingredients, and only dirties up one pot!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, homemade, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 321 kcal
Author Erica Kastner


  • 8 ounces of pasta shells, bow ties, penne, whatever you please
  • 6-7 ounces of cheddar cheese shredded
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of cream
  • salt to taste


  1. 1) Bring a pot of water to a boil. GENEROUSLY salt the water. It's critical to salt the water enough, otherwise you pasta will be tasteless. Add the pasta and cook to your preferred doneness. Drain and return pasta to pan (I like to use a pot with a draining lid).
  2. 2) Add the butter to the still-hot pasta, cover and allow to melt a bit. Add the cheese and cream and give it a good stir. Put the lid back on and let it rest a bit. Give it another stir after a few minutes. Everything should come together into a smooth sauce. Taste and season with more salt if needed. Serve immediately.
  3. 3) Store any leftover in the refrigerator. Make sure to add a little cream to the pot when you reheat; otherwise the cheese will separate.
Recipe Rating


Wednesday 10th of March 2021

6/6 in my house said never make it again.

Erica Kastner

Thursday 11th of March 2021

This gave me a good laugh. 😂

Food lover

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

I can’t wait to try your recipe. I hope it works and tastes delicious.

Erica Kastner

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Hope you enjoy! ?

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Thursday 15th of May 2014

Macaroni with cheese is seem to me a food from divine. I am very much fond of this recipe. A;so "Macaroni and Cheese" or in short "Mac and Cheese" is the most common recipe that we can find under "Kids Menu" in any restaurant. Chinese Takeaway Cumbernauld

Sarah Ochocki

Tuesday 21st of January 2014

Mac and cheese with bowtie pasta is the secret to life, the universe and everything.