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Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

When I was a girl, Mama used Texas longhorn cheese in this recipe. After it melted all over the macaroni, I loved to dig in and see how many strings of cheese would follow my spoonful. —Imogene Hutton, Brownwood, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Paprika, optional


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened.
  • Stir in cheese until melted. Drain macaroni; add to cheese sauce and stir to coat. If desired, sprinkle with paprika.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 388 calories, 22g fat (15g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 542mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 16g protein.


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  • Remenec
    Feb 12, 2021

    I made this recipe for lunch, and it was very creamy and easy to make. The paprika gives it gorgeous color and unique flavor.

  • quiltpinky1
    Jan 30, 2021

    We loved it and it is a snap to make!! Very creamy, a perfect comfort food!!

  • LBurkey
    Nov 10, 2020

    This macaroni and cheese is easy to make and is creamy and delicious. I didn't find it lacking in salt, however, I did use sea salt instead of table salt. I also used shredded medium cheddar cheese. This recipe is a keeper.

  • robbrd
    Jul 29, 2020

    We had a hankerin' for some mac n cheese. Didn't want to make our usual recipe due to the time and it needing to bake. Made this and it hit the spot. Was super easy to make. The cheese sauce is quite thick. Good way to use up so milk that is approaching the expiration date, too.

  • Gracie
    Jun 26, 2020

    Easy Recipe ! Needs a little more seasoning and cheese, but overall it tasted good. Definitely better than in the box.

  • Riyo Nori
    Jun 20, 2020

    No comment left

  • Renée
    Jun 9, 2020

    Recipe directions caused lumpy cheese sauce. Ruined it. :(

  • Alyssa
    May 18, 2020

    Easy but tasteless. Had to add a ton of salt, which I rarely add extra salt when cooking. 3 stars for simplicity but really needs taste. Maybe I will try with salted butter next time instead of unsalted, but that’s all I ever buy.

  • angmclanc
    Apr 28, 2020

    Delicious recipe. It's my new go-to when I want something quick and cozy.

  • Joe Mcormick
    Feb 17, 2020

    I love this recipe. Every time I make mac, I go to this recipe.