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The Best Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Pot filled with creamy macaroni and cheese with text overlay, "Stove Top Mac & Cheese". : : DontWasteTheCrumbs.com

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Craving the ultimate comfort food? Try the BEST homemade mac and cheese recipe! Made on the stove top with only real food ingredients, this mac and cheese is quick & easy, oh-so-creamy, and perfect for the entire family!


  • 8 oz elbow pasta
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature and cubed
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 22 ½ cups milk, divided
  • ¼ tsp each: garlic powder, ground nutmeg, onion powder, paprika
  • ¼ tsp chili powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • salt, to taste


  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Strain in a colander and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, melt butter. Add flour and stir so that it makes a paste with the melted butter. Allow the flour to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add 1 ½ cups of milk while stirring constantly. Stir until the sauce is smooth.
  4. Add the cream cheese and cheddar cheese and stir often until the cheese is melted.
  5. Season with garlic powder, nutmeg, onion powder, paprika, pepper, and chili powder, if using.
  6. Rinse the pasta with water so that the noodles don’t stick together. Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and stir well, but gently so that the noodles don’t break. Taste and add additional seasoning as desired. If the sauce is too thick, thin with milk ¼ cup at a time.


  • Want to sneak in some veggies? Sub Pumpkin Puree or mashed sweet potato for the cream cheese! It still tastes amazing, PLUS you can add some veggies and no one will notice!
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days. When reheating, add a bit of milk, since the pasta can be a bit dry after reheating.
  • Kick it up a notch. Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan cheese on top or add bacon bits!