Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Recipe by JancCourse: DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


Prep time


Cooking time




  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 3 cups water

  • 4 cups milk

  • 1 pound uncooked pasta (I used cavatappi)

  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard

  • 4-5 cups (16-20 ounces) freshly-shredded* sharp cheddar cheese (I used sharp white cheddar)

  • 1/2 cup freshly-shredded* Parmesan cheese


  • Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add flour, and stir until combined. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Then pour in 1 cup of the water, and stir (or whisk) until the mixture is completely smooth and begins to thicken. Gradually pour in the remaining water and milk, stirring until evenly combined.
  • Stir in the pasta, salt, garlic powder, and mustard until combined. Then continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the mixture just reaches a simmer. (Btw, I recommend grating your cheese while the pasta cooks to save time!) Reduce heat to medium-low to maintain the low simmer. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 9-10 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. (Be careful not to overcook the pasta!)
  • Remove from heat, and stir in the cheeses until melted. Taste, and season with additional salt (and black pepper, if you’d like), as needed.
  • Serve immediately, and enjoy!!
You might also like

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.