Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Serve with Creamy Tomato Soup. Or serve with Green Salad with Simple Vinaigrette.


Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)
Total time: 30 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 406
Fat 10.2 g
Satfat 5.3 g
Monofat 2.7 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 20.6 g
Carbohydrate 58.1 g
Fiber 2.1 g
Cholesterol 33 mg
Iron 2.3 mg
Sodium 601 mg
Calcium 300 mg


8 ounces large elbow macaroni
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Dash of ground red pepper
3 ounces light processed cheese, shredded (such as Velveeta Light; about 3/4 cup)
2.5 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2/3 cup)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Cooking spray
1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs


1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

3. While pasta cooks, combine milk, flour, and peppers in a large saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook for 4 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat. Add cheeses and salt; stir until smooth. Add pasta, and stir to coat. Spoon mixture into a 1 1/2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle breadcrumbs evenly over top; broil 2 minutes or until browned.