Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese

by Melissa on August 16, 2010

I am definitely a baked macaroni and cheese kind of girl. I love the creaminess of stove top macaroni and cheese, but the buttery crumb topping of the baked version is the best part! I am still searching for my go-to baked mac and cheese recipe, but I have found a winner for the stove-top version. This recipe is hands down the best stove top mac and cheese I have ever made. It is creamy and flavorful, not to mention so easy to make! This recipe seriously takes 20 minutes to make from start to finish.

Since the most important ingredient in macaroni and cheese, is the cheese, you need to buy a good quality block of sharp cheddar. Also, I have made this recipe with both the bagged pre-shredded cheese and cheese that I shredded myself, and the freshly shredded cheese makes a big difference in both texture and flavor. I know it takes a bit more effort, but just shred the cheese while the macaroni is cooking. The end result is worth it!

Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese

  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 10 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente and drain. Return to the pot and melt in the butter. Toss to coat.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and mustard. Stir into the pasta and add the cheese. Over low heat continue to stir for 3 minutes or until creamy.

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Jen August 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I agree that shredding the cheese yourself is worth the extra effort. We love this recipe as well!


leashieloo August 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Omg, that looks AWESOME!


Dana - Food for Thought August 17, 2010 at 10:56 am

My mouth is seriously watering! I love macaroni and cheese, but rarely eat it. This sounds delicious!


Tanya September 12, 2010 at 1:55 am

Sounds yummy! This past weekend I finally put an end to my search for my go to recipe of baked mac&cheese

It’s amazing!


Jenna October 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I am SO GLAD I found your blog–I have also been searching for the perfect stovetop mac and cheese recipe. I always intend to make awesome recipes I see online but sometimes don’t get around to it, however this one I WILL be making, maybe as soon as this weekend!


Melissa October 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm

This stove top mac-n-cheese is THE BEST!


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