This one pot stovetop mac and cheese recipe is so easy to make! Just add everything to the pot (even the pasta!) and cook until done, then stir in the cheese!
I absolutely love mac and cheese! Just looking at these pictures makes me hungry.
What I really can’t be bothered with is cooking pasta in a separate pot, cooking a cheese sauce in a separate pot AND then transferring everything to a casserole dish to bake!
Way too many dishes to wash. Which is why I usually make our mac and cheese on the stovetop!
I do have one stovetop mac and cheese recipe already on the blog, but I decided to make this one even easier and cook everything together in one pot.
Seriously, this recipe takes 20 minutes at most from start to finish. And you basically have to do nothing!
I know it’s considered a side dish, and it goes SO well with my Mozzarella Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf! But I often eat it as a vegetarian main. I’ll serve some veggies on the side and usually everyone is well fed and happy by the end of the meal.
And if I’m feeling seriously lazy, I’ll just throw some frozen veggies right into the mac and cheese. Almost like in this One Pot Spinach Pea Pasta!
Here’s the printable recipe for One Pot Stovetop Mac and Cheese:
One Pot Stovetop Mac and Cheese
- 4 cups elbow macaroni
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Ground black pepper to taste
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or use our favorite cheese
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- Extra milk if necessary
Add the macaroni, milk, stock, nutmeg and pepper to a large pot and bring to the boil. Simmer over medium-high heat until the pasta is cooked, about 8 minutes.
Stir in the cheese, the butter and the mustard. If you feel that the mac and cheese is too dry, add up to one more cup of milk to reach your desired creaminess!
Serve immediately (or the pasta will soak up all the good sauce and turn into a mushy mess!).