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Quick Stovetop Mac and Cheese | The Kitchen Paper

Quick Stovetop Mac & Cheese

  • Author: by Mary
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


This Quick Stovetop Mac and Cheese recipe is easy to make, quick, and kid-friendly — this dinner will be a family favorite!


Units Scale
  • 8 oz dry pasta
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk, heated
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (any, I used 1/2 gruyere 1/2 cheddar)
  • salt + pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook pasta according to directions.
  2. As pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Once the butter is completely melted, add the flour and whisk it into the butter. Continue whisking and cooking for 6 minutes. The mixture will darken a bit.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup of the heated milk into the saucepan and whisk vigorously to break up the butter and flour mixture.
  5. Add the rest of the milk and continue whisking. Cook until the sauce has thickened substantially, or to your liking. You can thin it with more milk if necessary.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, and mix in the shredded cheese. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat and pour over the cooked noodles.
  7. Toss noodles and sauce together, adding salt and pepper to taste.