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4.84 from 30 votes

Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

This Mac and Cheese is easy to make on the stovetop and it's ready in just 15 minutes. Skip the box and make the good stuff! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mac and Cheese
Servings: 6
Calories: 697kcal


  • 1 pound elbow noodles
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 cups milk whole, 2%, or 1%
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • Fill a large saucepan with water, and bring to a boil. Stir in the macaroni; cook until al dente. Drain well. 
  • Meanwhile in another large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, and mustard powder and cook 1-2 minutes. 
  • Pour in milk and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for 3-5 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken. Turn off the heat and whisk in cheese until melted.
  • Pour cooked pasta into the cheese sauce and stir well to combine. Serve hot. 



Calories: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1080IU | Calcium: 456mg | Iron: 1.8mg