Today, we are going to learn how to make the creamiest and most delicious stovetop mac and cheese. This classic comfort food is perfect for a cozy dinner or a quick lunch. With just a few simple ingredients and some easy steps, you can whip up a bowl of cheesy goodness in no time.
Gather Your Ingredients
Before we get started, let’s make sure we have everything we need:
- 8 ounces of macaroni
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the Macaroni
The first step is to cook the macaroni. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the macaroni.
Cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the macaroni and set aside.
Melt the Butter
In the same pot you used for boiling the macaroni, melt the butter over medium heat. Make sure it coats the bottom of the pot evenly.
Add Milk and Cheese
Add the milk to the pot with melted butter. Stir well to combine. Let it heat until it starts steaming but not boiling.
Note: Heating up the milk helps prevent curdling when you add cheese later on.
Add half of your shredded cheddar cheese to the pot with milk and butter mixture. Stir continuously until all cheese is melted and incorporated.
Time to Get Cheesy!
Now it’s time to add the cooked macaroni to the pot. Stir until all macaroni is coated with the cheesy sauce.
Add the remaining shredded cheddar cheese and continue stirring until it melts and creates a creamy consistency.
Season to Perfection
Taste your mac and cheese and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Remember, it’s always better to start with less salt and add more if needed.
Serve and Enjoy!
Your stovetop mac and cheese is now ready to be served. Scoop it into bowls or plates, grab a spoon or a fork, and indulge in the velvety goodness.
With this simple recipe, you can satisfy your craving for homemade mac and cheese any time of the day. Experiment with different types of cheese or add some crispy bacon bits for an extra twist. The possibilities are endless!
So why wait? Go ahead and treat yourself to this classic comfort food. Happy cooking!