This is by far the best stove top mac and cheese you will ever taste! Once you get a taste of this, you will never go back to the box. It is so easy to make and it is so smooth and creamy.
Whenever I get busy in the afternoons doing my errands, and need to put a dinner together quick, this is always my go-to. My fiancé loves it! It is so simple and fast and there are never any left-overs.
The perfect thing about this recipe is that it is cooked in a single pot, and everything get stirred together. The milk, the seasonings and all of the cheeses. It turns out so smooth and creamy!
I use regular elbow macaroni and cheddar cheese for a nice orange color. One thing I need to tell you, make sure you are using a regular mild, medium or sharp cheddar cheese and not an extra sharp cheese. The reason you don’t use an extra sharp cheddar cheese is because it can separate when melted and you won’t get a smooth and creamy sauce. Sometimes I add in some other types of cheeses like Parmesan, Monterrey jack, or mozzarella. For this recipe I added in a little mozzarella.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups water
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the flour, then whisk until combined, about 30 seconds.
2. Pour in the water and whisk until smooth and just thickened. Add the milk and whisk until combined.
3. Stir in the macaroni, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika and pepper, then bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is done.
4. Turn the heat to low, then stir in the cheeses. Keep stirring until the sauce is smooth.
5. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 439Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 79mgSodium 723mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 23g
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First thing you must know about me... I ♡ FOOD. I have been in an apron in the kitchen with my momma since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I enjoy cooking..baking.. making smoothies.. doesn't matter!! I love every minute of it. It makes my heart do a little skip dee do, and call it a day. Now I'll go melt some chocola.