How to Make Mac and Cheese on the Stove

Alicia Santos

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Making mac and cheese on the stove is a quick and easy way to satisfy your cheesy cravings. Whether you’re a college student looking for a simple meal or a busy parent trying to please picky eaters, this classic dish is sure to please. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps of making mac and cheese on the stove, so let’s get started!


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1: Cook the macaroni

Start by cooking the elbow macaroni according to the package instructions. Be sure to cook it al dente, as it will continue cooking in the sauce later. Drain and set aside.

Step 2: Make the roux

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and whisk continuously until it forms a paste-like consistency.

Step 3: Add milk and cheese

Slowly pour in the milk while whisking constantly to avoid any lumps. Continue whisking until the mixture thickens and comes to a simmer.

Add the shredded cheddar cheese and stir until it melts completely. The sauce should be smooth and creamy.

Step 4: Season and combine

Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper according to your preference. Remember that the cheese can be salty, so be cautious while adding salt.

Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until every noodle is coated evenly.

Step 5: Serve and enjoy!

Your homemade mac and cheese is now ready to be served. You can garnish it with some chopped parsley or a sprinkle of paprika for an extra touch. Serve it hot and enjoy!

Making mac and cheese on the stove couldn’t be simpler, and now you have a deliciously cheesy dish to enjoy. Whether you’re making it for a quick lunch or a comforting dinner, this classic recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings.

So why wait? Gather your ingredients, follow these steps, and indulge in some creamy mac and cheese goodness!

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