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Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

If you really want the cheesiest mac and cheese, this Macaroni and Cheese is what you want to make! You just may never buy boxed mac and cheese again!

Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Stovetop Mac and Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 335 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke - iambaker.net


  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked al dente and drained
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk, warmed
  • teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add the flour and whisk constantly for 1-2 minutes (or until the mixture turns light brown).
  3. Remove from heat and gradually pour in the warm milk, whisking constantly.
  4. Return the pan to the heat, whisk another 3-5 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Add the salt, garlic powder, ground mustard, and cayenne pepper and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
  6. Add the cheeses, stirring to melt.
  7. Pour the sauce over the top of the cooked elbow macaroni. Stir to combine.
  8. Season with salt and pepper, and top with chopped parsley.