Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese | A Teaspoon of Happiness

This recipe is not dairy free. It was published before Simply Whisked went dairy free, but I have chosen not to remove it as a reference for incoming traffic. Feel free to swap dairy free substitutes for the ingredients to make it dairy free.

I don’t know about you, but I had an awesome weekend. One of my best friends from high school got married, and Chelsea came to town for the weekend. It’s always a great weekend when you get to spend it with your best friend, but it’s even better when you get to dress up, dance to your favorite jams and laugh until your cheeks hurt. Things don’t get much happier than that.

It’s even happier than a huge bowl creamy stovetop mac and cheese, right?

Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese | A Teaspoon of Happiness

I started making stovetop mac and cheese with the hopes of recreating my favorite Noodles & Company order, but it also serves as a quick substitute for my favorite baked macaroni and cheese. Because sometimes, you just don’t want to wait the 30+ minutes it takes to bake that mac and cheese in the oven, no matter how good the end results are. Sometimes, you just want your big bowl of cheesy goodness as soon as possible.

Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese | A Teaspoon of Happiness

And when you’re making mac and cheese on more-than-regular basis because you’re pregnant and need a constant stream of carbs and cheese, you just have to keep things simple. So I’ve mastered stovetop mac and cheese, and I never want to stop eating it.

And guess what my secret is to making it taste just like the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese at Noodles. I use shredded Mexican blend cheese – not the taco flavored, but just plain, unseasoned Mexican four-cheese blend. The first time I did, it was a last minute substitute made in desperation, but it was the best “accident” ever. It turns out that it’s a super easy way to add flavor complexity without actually making any effort.

Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese | A Teaspoon of Happiness


Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose four
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 cups shredded Mexican blend cheeses (or cheddar cheese), divided
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Cook macaroni in salted water according to package directions for al dente.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour to make a roux.
  3. Add milk and whisk until smooth. Increase heat to medium high and cook until milk has thickened – about 5 – 6 minutes.
  4. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of shredded cheese, reserving the rest for serving.
  5. Toss pasta with cheese sauce and garnish each helping with reserved shredded cheese.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  • Reply
    gaston hammer (@84__gaston)
    July 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Our comfort food. We like it ***

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    July 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    i prefer stovetop to baked because it’s creamier. great cheese blend!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita
    July 22, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Comfort food at it’s finest…this looks so rich and creamy and delicious! Can’t go wrong with a bowl of mac and cheese 🙂

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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    July 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I love the creaminess of stove top mac and cheese – and also how fast it is to prepare. Lovely pictures. Pinning!

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    August 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Your Mac n cheese looks super tempting. I would love to try this for my daughter 🙂

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    CLAUDIA @ HomeMade - with love
    August 15, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I love Mac and Cheese. Used to eat it all the time when I lived in Canada. Need to try your recipe.. its totally my comfort food… 🙂

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    October 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I made it two nights ago and boy oh boy, did it satisfy this pregnant lady’s craving! I modified by adding canned tuna, which my husband loves in his mac and cheese. I’m so happy to have found such a delicious and easy way to make it from scratch.

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      Melissa Belanger
      October 29, 2014 at 11:07 am

      I love tuna with my mac and cheese! I’m glad you loved it as much as I do 🙂

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