Creamy Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Serves 8     adjust servings

Skip the blue box and make this Creamy Stovetop Mac & Cheese instead. Simple, quick, and full of cheesy deliciousness - it'll become a family favorite!


  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 6 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups milk
  • 24 oz. Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz. deli American cheese slices, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour until completely smooth. 
  3. Slowly whisk in the milk. Continue to cook, whisking occasionally, until the mixture is slightly thickened. 
  4. Add the cheese, a handful at a time, whisking well after each addition making sure the cheese is melted before adding more. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat. 
  5. Stir the elbow macaroni into the cheese sauce until all of the macaroni is well-coated. Serve immediately. 


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