Easy Stove Top Mac and Cheese is a macaroni and cheese recipe made from scratch

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

This macaroni and cheese recipe is on the table in 15 minutes from start to finish! If you’re looking for that kid friendly flavor, this is the recipe you’re looking for!



  • 1 pound elbows, shells or other small tube shaped pasta
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (see post above for some other cheese ideas)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup cream or whole milk, or a combination of both
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste (optional)


  1. Boil a large pot of water for the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain the pasta well and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, bring the milk or cream to a simmer, the stir in cheese, seasonings and the pasta.
  3. Stir to combine and taste for seasonings, adding salt to taste.
  4. Pour the cooked pasta into the pot and toss to combine with the cheese sauce. Serve immediately or keep in a slow cooker on the warm or low setting.

Recipe Notes

See the post above for some delicious add ins for this mac and cheese! We love making this recipe for parties and keeping it warm in a slow cooker for serving.

If you are going to keep the mac and cheese in a slow cooker, try doubling the sauce first so that the pasta doesn’t dry out!

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American