When I was a kid, Kraft mac and cheese was one of the tastiest lunches. Especially since it came in so many different shapes and characters (for some reason, the fun shapes seemed to taste better to me). When I went to college, it became all about easy mac. Quick, easy, and didn’t need a stove since I only had a microwave in my dorm room. And I haven’t had it since… 6 or more years since I used powdered cheese to make mac and cheese, and I can’t say I miss it but I do miss a nice and easy stovetop macaroni and cheese.
This stovetop mac and cheese was so good! From what I remember, it tastes similar to Kraft, but is sooo much better! And you can adjust the cheeses to whatever you prefer, as with any mac and cheese recipe. And like usual, I’ve upped the pasta amount from the original recipe. In my defense, I started with 8 ounces of pasta, but I just had so much extra sauce around the pasta so I had to make use of it! Besides, since when is more mac and cheese a bad thing! 🙂Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
Note: Use any combination of Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and American cheese to total 12 ounces.
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk, divided
1 teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
16 ounces elbow macaroni or other small pasta
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1½ cups)
6 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 1½ cups)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1 cup of the evaporated milk, dry mustard, salt, and pepper; set aside.
In a large pot, prepare pasta according to package directions, cooking until al dente. Drain the pasta and return to pot over low heat. Add butter and stir until completely melted. Add the egg mixture and three-quarters of the cheese mixture to the pasta; stir until cheese starts to melt. Gradually add the remaining evaporated milk and remaining cheese mixture, stirring constantly, until the mixture is hot and creamy, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Source: Adapted from Cooks Illustrated via Brown Eyed Baker
So rich and creamy..yummy!!
it looks delicious.I love doing mac on the stove- makes it so much easier and i think brings out more flavor!
This looks like mac & cheese is supposed to look like: pasta swimming in cheese. I’ve never made it on the stove but I will now! Thanks.
Liam @ "Is butter a carb?" said:
NOM NOM NOM! 😀
and for the record: more mac and cheese is always a good thing.
Stove top! No baking? Heaven!
fati's recipes said:
Ugh. Tell me about it. Mac & cheese is like that go-to dish when I’m craving something comforting! I haven’t yet tried a stovetop one, but I’ve been wanting to. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
I love little bow ties, and do not usually see them in mac and cheese. I like that you used, the pasta that dresses up to see you:]
Bam's Kitchen said:
Comfort food at its best. The little bow ties are adorable. BAM
Mmmmm, that looks so cheesy!
Geni - Sweet and Crumby said:
I think I will be making this to go with dinner tonight! Thanks for sharing it. Looks so creamy and delish!
I love mac and cheese. Lately I’ve been cooking the macaroni in the milk and I think it makes a big difference. I’m hungry for mac and cheese now. 🙂
I agree that the stovetop method is the way to go when it comes to making mac n cheese. Great ingredients here! This looks perfectly creamy and delicious-well done!
I like your addition of dry mustard. I’ve never added that to my homemade mac & cheese before. Yours looks so creamy and delicious! And farfalle! One of my favorite kinds of pasta.
My boys love kraft mac and cheese – and I hate serving it to them. Thanks for the great alternative. 🙂
Homemade mac and cheese always tastes better than anything out of the box. Yum!
Love mac and cheese. It is the ultimate comfort food. This looks yum!!!
Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen said:
I absolutely adore having mac & cheese. They are so quick and easy and satisfying. Although they can be a little sinful… But come on! 😉
This is my kind of recipe. I really like the idea of making mac and cheese with evaporated milk. It is also less “fussy” than starting out with a mixture of butter and flour. I’ll have to give this a try, as I can’t make it often enough to suit my family!
Angie@Angie's Recipes said:
Looks so creamy and comforting!
Ohh yum haven’t had mac and cheese for a while now ~ sounds like a delicious and easy recipe 🙂
Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb said:
Yumm, yumm! mac and cheese is always a fun food dish. I can eat it realy any time of the day, its just soo delicious. thx for sharing your recipe!
KD (Kraft Dinner) is a regular part of our families diet as the kids just love it. This home made version looks wonderful!