08 September 2008

Homemade Stove-Top Mac & Cheese

Boxed mac & cheese is right up there with ramen noodles when it comes to a quick meal. Here's a homemade version that doesn't take much longer than the box mixes.

This recipe makes a very creamy sauce that doesn't require a roux, and it's very satisfying without being too rich. You can play around with the add-ins to suit your taste. A favorite combination of mine is peas and tuna, and sliced hot dogs or bratwurst is always delicious. The original recipe calls for roasted tomatoes and a sprinkling of toasted bread crumbs, which also sounds very good.

Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese
Adapted from CookingLight.com
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  • 1/2 a head of broccoli florets

  • 12 ounces large elbow macaroni or medium shells

  • 2 cups extra-sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1 tablespoon horseradish mayonnaise

  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk

  • 1 cooked chicken thigh, shredded


  1. Place broccoli florets in a microwavable container. Cover with water, and microwave on 'fresh vegetable' setting just until tender. Drain; set aside.

  2. Cook macaroni in boiling water 7 minutes; drain. Return macaroni to pan; place over medium-low heat. Add cheese and remaining ingredients; cook 4 minutes or until cheese melts, stirring constantly. Stir in broccoli and chicken.

Makes about 8 1-cup servings




  1. Homemade ANYTHING is always superior to the boxed version :0)

  2. Emm, that looks So good. Looks so comforting.

  3. Maybe i should've tried this CL recipe instead!! :)

  4. Looks really good, bacon also makes a great add-in.

  5. Never been a huge mac n cheese head, but I'll vote for homemade anything any day of the week :)

  6. VeggieGirl - That is the truth. I will always love ramen noodles, though!

    Valerie - Yes, it definitely is good cold-weather food.

    TTFN - Now you know, heh!

    Sam - Oh, now that sounds great!

    Adam - I'm not either, really, but it's quick, tastes good, and gets the job done well enough.


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