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Creamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Course Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy-mac-and-cheese-recipes, macaroni-and-cheese, stovetop-macaroni-cheese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb box elbow macaroni
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 oz plain cream cheese plus additional as needed
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • few dashes hot sauce optional
  • 2 cups shredded colby cheese or a blend of cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup easy melt creamy cheese such as monterey jack, fontina, queso quesadilla


  • In a large deep pot, heat milk, water and salt until steaming, just before boil. Watch carefully so it doesn't boil over. Add macaroni, stir to prevent sticking to bottom.
  • Cook over medium- high bubbling for 12-15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Do not drain. Turn heat to low.
  • To the pot add butter, cream cheese, pepper, mustard, hot sauce (if using). Mix until fully combined and melted. Add shredded cheddar and monterey jack cheese, mix again until cheese has completely melted.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately.


  • If you need to thicken further, add 1 oz of cream cheese at a time.
  • If you need to thin, add more milk in small amounts mixing until desired consistency is reached.