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Homemade Mac and Cheese (Stove Top)

The ultimate kid-favorite dinner doesn’t have to come from a box! Make this easy, creamy homemade mac and cheese on your stove top using just simple, nutritious ingredients.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Homemade Mac and Cheese, pasta, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 486kcal


  • 1 pound whole wheat pasta macaroni, rotini, or other short chunky shape
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoon white whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar you may use a blend of cheeses if you like.
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Boil a large pot of water for the pasta and cook as directed. Grate cheese and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the flour and whisk constantly until bubbles form and the roux begins to thicken.
  • Add milk, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt, and continue whisking until the cream sauce starts to thicken. (You may need to turn the heat up slightly if your milk is cold.)
  • Add cheese by the handful and whisk between handfuls to melt. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Pour sauce over cooked, drained pasta and serve immediately.



Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 354mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g