Cheesy, creamy and delicious this Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese is a addicting one pot recipe for the whole family, quick easy and super cheesy!
Ok you guys…I’ve always been a huge mac & cheese lover. I mean who isn’t? It’s a classic comfort food that’s hard to turn down. It’s fast, family friendly and utterly to die for.
Now I prefer myself some mac & cheese with hot dogs or spam…yes spam. I’m a Minnesota girl so I was born and raised in spam and it’s an acquired taste that once you’re used to eating it it becomes apart of your daily life. Yum!!
So when I finally perfected my Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese I just had yo share it with you. I mean there are so many mac & cheese recipes out there. All claiming to be the best obviously and they all have their unique flavors and twists.
So it’s really hard to judge which one is truly the best, it’s honestly a never ending quest to find the perfect mac & cheese but I’m finally sharing what I think is one of the best I’ve been able to make!
Super thick and creamy, and not to mention ultra cheesy this fun and simple Stovetop Mac and Cheese is a quick go to weeknight dinner recipe the whole family will adore, and I mean it!
WHAT IS THE BEST CHEESE TO USE FOR MACARONI AND CHEESE?
This is 100% personal preference. But I always recommend using freshly shredded cheese because its melts better than the bagged cheese since it doesn’t have all the preservatives on there. But regarding some of the best cheeses for macaroni and cheese the list is limitless.
We really like to use a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella, since it gives a little bite but has a smoothness to it. Other cheeses great for Mac and cheese are fontina, gruyere, parmesan, etc. Any cheese that is a soft melting cheese is best!
HOW DO YOU MAKE A CHEESE SAUCE FOR MACARONI?
When making a cheese sauce you start with a basic roux made from flour, butter, milk and cheese. You melt you flour then stir in your flour, you then add your milk until it starts to thicken a little then slowly add your cheese in to melt. You then pour the over your cooked macaroni. Very simple and very tasty!
We recently made this for my daughter’s birthday party and there wasn’t any left! When you have guests going back for 2nd helpings you know you’ve done something right! So I’m happy to say that I think I’ve created something with keeping with this version.
With simple spices and cheeses there is nothing crazy about this mac and cheese! But sometimes basic is best! I mean I hate having yo search for that one ingredient that is supposed to set that dish apart and in the end I spend like 5 bucks on a spice or a cheese I’ll only use once…amiright?!?!
So this easy peasy Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese is here to stay in out house! My kids, husband and family 100% gave me a thumbs up for this dish and it will be on our dinner rotation indefinitely!
Creamy Stovetop Mac & Cheese
- 4 Tbs butter
- 3 Tbs flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 1/2 cup water
- 2 1/2 cup pasta elbows, penne, spirals
- 1 cup mozzarella fresh shredded from block
- 2 cup cheddar fresh shredded from block
- Salt & pepper
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- In saucepan melt your butter on medium heat and then stir in your flour and cook for about 1 minute.
- Add in 1 cup milk and whisk.
- Add in remaining milk and whisk until it starts to thicken.
- Add your paprika, mustard powder and garlic powder and water and whisk.
- Stir in your macaroni and bring to boil and simmer for about 9-10 minutes or until just al dente.
- Remove from heat and add your cheeses, salt and pepper and hot sauce and stir until melted.
- Serve immediately.
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