5 Ingredient Stovetop Mac and Cheese {super easy and kid approved!}

This 5 Ingredient Stovetop Mac and Cheese is a recipe I’ve made countless times, and is one I make anytime I need to make an easy, yet super comforting and delicious side dish but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, making it perfect for this weeks’ Five Ingredient Friday!

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So….remember how I shared the pictures of the amazing BBQ tailgate party and am doing a HUGE GIVEAWAY with Pig of the Month? Well, no sooner did I post the pictures that I received an email asking me what sides I served with it. I think itย could have been a record for how fast I responded, because what side is mandatory when BBQ is served? MAC & CHEESE!!!

I feel like serving mac and cheese as a side was a good decision because clearly I’m not the only one that likes mac and cheese:

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The day after the tailgate party, I brought some leftovers to my friends house for dinner, she has a 2 (and a half) year old daughter, so dinner can’t be something that takes forever to make. We were in the kitchen reheating everything (the mac and cheese took all of 5 minutes) and gave some to her daughter who was patiently (insert eye roll for all of you wonderful moms out there) waiting for dinner. Her daughter had a little bowl, but then was more interested in the ‘bacon’ (it was really the ribs she was enjoying, but hey, it’s all delicious pork, right?).

The next day my friend texted me: “btw, my daughter just had 2 helpings of the mac and cheese for lunch, she loves it.” So there you have it..this super delicious mac and cheese is kid approved!

Easy-Stovetop-Mac-and-cheeseTo make the mac and cheese you start by boiling some noodles, easy, right? When the noodles are done and in a collender, you melt some butter and whisk it with flour, then add some milk in, whisk some more, add cheese in (I use white cheddar, you could most certainly use yellow cheddar, it would just be a different color), a dash of salt and pepper, and then pour the noodles back into the pot and coat them with the creamy sauce. Serve and watch everyone enjoy it!

5 Ingredient Stovetop Mac and Cheese {super easy and kid approved!}
 
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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1½-2 cups milk
  • 2 cups white cheddar, shredded (I use Cracker Barrel Brand Vermont white cheddar, two blocks, shredded)
Instructions
  1. In a large pot cook pasta according to directions, drain and leave sitting in a colander.
  2. In the empty pot melt the butter over medium high heat (about 1 minute), when butter is almost all melted add in flour, salt and pepper and then whisk until it is a paste-like consistency, then slowly pour in the milk, still whisking and let it come to a slow boil (about 4-5 minutes).
  3. As soon as the milk starts to boil, add in the cheese and stir a few times, if it is too thick then add in another ¼-1/2 cup of milk, then add the pasta back into the pot and coat with the cheese sauce, let cool for a few minutes, then serve and enjoy!
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  • katieonthebanksofsquawcreek
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    I LOVE home made mac and cheese. LOVE it! And yours looks great!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      I LOVE me some homemade mac and cheese too, and this one is super easy and delicious! Thank you so much for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • caileejoy
    Reply

    YUM!! What a great recipe! Looks so delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE your blog btw… it’s so beautiful!!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you SO much for that compliment, totally made my day!!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife
    Reply

    The ultimate comfort side with only five ingredients? Lady, you nailed this one!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much girl!! Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food, isn’t it? I don’t think I could ever grow tired of it lol. Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julie @ A Warrior and A Nurse
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    Our son, Hunter, absolutely loves his mac and cheese! At 5 ingredients, this seems like a quick and easy recipe to whip up. I can’t guarantee that he won’t make a mess with it–he usually does–but I could see him loving this. Thanks!

    • Sweetphi
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      I bet your son would love this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ And you’re 100% correct, with only 5 ingredients it is super quick and easy to make. Thank you so much for commenting!

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate
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    YUM. I’m a sucker for any kind of macaroni and cheese, and I love how easily this comes together. I’ve found some recipes for mac ‘n cheese take a LOT of time, and as great as they normally turn out, it’s always good to have a delicious, quick-and-easy mac ‘n cheese in your back pocket, too. Definitely pinning this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, I kind of love that you brought it to a barbecue because this dish really DOES scream side to me for that. Nice work!

    • Sweetphi
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      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Erin! I’m totally in the camp of having a quick-and-easy mac ‘n cheese recipe in my back pocket, and this one is my all time fave … especially with some BBQ, because smooth and creamy mac and cheese goes so well with the sweet, smokey, and tang of BB! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • housewifeintraining
    Reply

    Now this is the type of mac and cheese I love! Creamy…gooey and no baked. Can’t wait to whip this up for a BBQ soon!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Girl, you’re going to loooove this with some bbq, it’s the perfect complimentary side dish! Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nichole Smith
    Reply

    The last time I made Mac and cheese, it was a “gourmet” recipe. It took 6 different types of cheese and a plethora of other ingredients. The dish cost me $70.00!! It was okay but this looks just as good and much more within my budget.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Haha, oh man, a $70 mac and cheese? That better have cooked and served itself lol! Thank you so much for commenting! This mac and cheese recipe so yummy and creamy (and a LOT more budget friendly ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  • Reply

    Gah! LOVE mac and cheese… this looks so easy and delicious!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Mac and cheese is definitely one of my go-to comfort foods, and this one is definitely delicious and super easy, thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Places to visit in Gurgaon
    Reply

    Nice post, things explained in details. Thank You.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      You’re very welcome, I always like showing steps so I’m glad you liked it!

  • Hally
    Reply

    Why is it called 5 ingredients when there are 6 ingredients? Anyways, it doesn’t matter it was great. I was out of white cheddar & had to use marble cheese but it was still delicious.

    • Sweetphi
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      Hi Hally,
      Yay – I’m so glad you liked the recipe, it’s one of my faves ๐Ÿ™‚ and thank you for your comment.
      Salt, pepper & water aren’t counted as ingredients – on my Five Ingredient Friday page it talks more about that: http://www.sweetphi.com/five-ingredient-fridays/
      So it’s called 5 ingredient mac n cheese because it has macaroni, butter, flour, milk, and cheese.
      Best,
      Phi

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