fbpx Skip to Content

Creamy Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Save and share!

Creamy Stovetop macaroni and cheese is a simple one pot recipe that is better than the boxed stuff! Ready in 20 minutes and full of great flavor, your kids will love this!

overhead view of bowl of mac and cheese with spoon

Something big has happened at our house, and we just can’t get enough of it! I forgot to tell you that a few weeks ago we made a fun purchase! We have been looking at wooden play sets for the backyard but man, those things are expensive! Plus all the different choices in wood and all the different configurations, we were almost ready to throw in the towel.

But we just happened to find a local company that was having a big “fall sale”, and it was our lucky day that the model we wanted was having an installation special of $99 (since we are definitely not the “diy built it type, we thought it was totally worth it!). We have been getting so much use out of it! Ladybug is loving it – she spends almost all her time out there now. Not only is she swinging, sliding and climbing to her heart’s content, but she is also reading there, having snack there, drawing there. I am so glad we found this, because it was well worth it!


This mac and cheese is our new go-to lunch around here. Anymore, any of the boxed kinds leave us sick for the rest of the day, even when we buy the expensive organic kinds. So when I stumbled across this recipe I knew I wanted to try it out! We have made it a bunch of times now, and love it each time! It takes about 20 minutes to make, and you can customize it with any cheese you have on hand. Or with bacon. Or jalapeños. Or anything else you can imagine. I love how creamy and cheesy it turns out, and that you actually make it in only one pot. Seriously, this recipe is genius! (PS. Top this with some oven roasted pulled pork and you have an awesome BBQ Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese recipe that is to die for!)

Is your family a fan of macaroni and cheese? Try these family friendly Mac recipes!

  • Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese – This 30 minute skillet meal is the perfect fall comfort food – filled with pasta, cheese sauce, and so many great flavors, its something the whole family will love!

Yield: 4 Servings

One Pot Stove-top Mac & Cheese

overhead view of bowl of mac and cheese with spoon

This easy one pot stovetop macaroni and cheese recipe totally replaces the boxed stuff!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 2 cups grated cheese (you can use any combination, just remember to use some softer, well melting cheese)


  1. Rinse and drain the raw pasta with cool water.
  2. In a large saucepan, add the milk, macaroni, salt, butter, mustard and nutmeg.
  3. On medium heat, slowing bring the mixture up to a simmer. Stir frequently and do not leave the stove!!!!!!! (the milk will come to a boil quickly and can easily overflow and make a big mess).
  4. Turn the heat down to low, and cook, stirring frequently, for 15-20 minutes, until the milk has mostly been absorbed by the pasta, and the pasta is done.
  5. Stir in the grated cheese.
  6. Turn off the heat, place a lid on the pan and cover for 5 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 586Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 1125mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 28g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram, and don't forget to tag #gingeredwhisk.

* Recipe is adapted from White on Rice Couple

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Monday 3rd of November 2014

I'd like to invite you to join our site www.erecipe.com . I really enjoy your blog and recipes and I think the over 8,000 unique daily visitors to eRecipe will too. By joining eRecipe, we will provide the Nutrition Facts for every recipe you post in which you could customize and add to your blog. Viewers need and love to know the nutritional facts. Its a free service that we offer to blogs and recipes we really love. It looks professional and your members will love it.Simply visit www.erecipe.com or contact me at [email protected] We look forward having you in our network!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

as seen in image with company logos
Skip to Recipe
Skip to content