Honestly is there anything better than a super creamy, super cheesy, Stovetop Mac and Cheese that comes together in under 20 minutes?! The answer is no! This is everything.
I think most of us probably grew up on mac and cheese. Regardless of whether it’s from the box or homemade, I think we can all agree that it’s one of life simplest pleasures. A really decadent pasta dish with a creamy cheese sauce that you can jazz up a multitude of ways.
I’ve made mac and cheese countless ways before… from Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese to a spring inspired Macaroni and Cheese to a trio of fall vibed mac and cheeses… I mean the list could go on but I’ll spare you! This Stovetop Mac and Cheese comes together so quickly and only requires 1 pot!! I know – 1 pot! Can you even? I saw it over on Gimme Some Oven and I’ve been obsessing over it for weeks! Let’s get into it!
- Before we all go make it – let’s talk about potential add-ins! Here’s my ever growing list of what to add to mac and cheese:
- crispy pancetta
- crispy bacon
- thawed peas
- steamed broccoli
- steamed spinach (make sure to remove excess moisture)
- roasted butternut squash
- cubed ham
- spice blends
- different kinds of cheese
Four Cheese Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 3 cups water
- 4 cups milk
- 1 pound pasta (any short variety works)
- kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
- 2 cups freshly-shredded white cheddar cheese
- 2 cups freshly-shredded fontina cheese
- 1 cup freshly-shredded gruyere cheese
- 3/4 cup freshly-shredded parmesan cheese
- In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the flour, and stir to combined. Stir for about 1 minute, until golden brown. Once golden, pour in 1 cup of water, and whisk until smooth. The mixture will start to thicken and as it does, pour in the remaining water and milk, continuing to stir until smooth.
- Add the pasta into the pot along with the salt, garlic and onion granules. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to medium to maintain a simmer. Continue to cook until the pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes.
- Once the pasta is cooked, remove the pot from heat, and stir in the cheeses until smooth and melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.