Stovetop Mac and Cheese*

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How rich do you have to be to buy a pair of $300 amazing Tom Ford sunglasses and not care? Because that is how rich I have decided I need to be. I bought the $10 knockoff pair on Amazon and am trying to trick myself…but I am still convinced that the $300 pair must feel 290 times better, make my cheekbones look super glamours, and make me look prettier than 10 pink unicorns. I mean, for $300 it better do all of that and more.

This is the same reasoning I use with my Mac and Cheese. I want it to be better than the little blue box. Yes it costs like 5 times as much to make, but considering the blue box is around a dollar – it’s not that big of a price jump. But the extra $5 dollars must mean it’s also 5 times better! Not only do I want it to taste better, I also want it to not come with a package of powdered orange cheese. I also want to be able to make it with whatever cheese I have on hand, in one pot and in under 15 minutes. I know, you don’t have to tell me, I’m demanding.

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But in spite of all my demands, Tada! Stovetop Mac and Cheese! This seriously takes 15 minutes, tops. It’s made with all regular, real ingredients. You can change up the cheese to fit your mood and add in your favorite fancy mix-ins. Plus, it really is made all in one pot. It’s a dream come true to any lazy Mac and Cheese lovers out there! Plus, it’s totally sexy looking right?

Quick note, yes this recipe calls for two cloves of raw garlic mixed in. No, I promise, it doesn’t taste like raw garlic. However, it does add a delicious garlic flavor that you will love. If you are a loser and do not like garlic, just leave it out! 


Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe Note: Use any 12 oz of cheese you have and enjoy! For the traditional mac and cheese, use a half and half combination of Mild & Sharp (yellow) Cheddar Cheese.


  • 2 cups elbow noodles (about 12 oz)
  • 8 oz Cabot Private Stock Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz Cabot Seriously Sharp, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, chopped
  • 1 oz cream cheese, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


In a large pot over high heat, bring salted water to a boil. Add elbow noodles; cook according to package.

Drain noodles, lower heat to medium-low, and return cooked noodles to pot. Immediately stir in both cheeses, sour cream, butter, cream cheese, garlic, salt and freshly ground pepper. Continue stirring until completely melted and serve immediately.

Mix In Ideas: crumbled bacon, sundried tomatoes, caramelized onions, fresh basil, minced porcini mushrooms or like at my favorite restaurant...topped with pulled pork!

**this post is not sponsored, I just love me some Cabot cheese**

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47 Responses to “Stovetop Mac and Cheese”

  1. 1

    amanda @ fake ginger — May 16, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

    I bet this is seriously creamy with sour cream and cream cheese! Yum!

  2. 2

    Heather (Heather's Dish) — May 16, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    definitely not a loser…more garlic please and thank you!

  3. 3

    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 16, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    In 2007 B.C. (before child) and before that, I bought designer shades. Now, I buy Target. lol

    And I buy camera lenses. Who am I now?!

    I love the rich purple velour styling on this post…beautiful!

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    Jessica Lynn — May 17, 2012 @ 12:45 am

    Mac & Cheese (Velveeta variety) is my husband’s all-time favorite food. ever. I’ve made countless homemade versions for him to try, and while he likes them all, he keeps going back to his boxed kind. My goal in life is to make a mac & cheese—from scratch—that he’ll love. Whenever I see a new recipe for it I make it for him…maybe this one will do the trick? Crossing my fingers!

  5. 5

    Blog is the New Black — May 17, 2012 @ 5:21 am

    Ohhhhh, I need this!

  6. 6

    Kathryn — May 17, 2012 @ 6:03 am

    Look at how melty and glorious that is!

  7. 7

    Priyanka — May 17, 2012 @ 6:18 am

    Looks so tempting.
    The pics are beautiful

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    Katrina — May 17, 2012 @ 6:36 am

    Delicious! I haven’t made this is such a long time and I love your recipe!

  9. 9

    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — May 17, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    Mmmm…nothin’ like comfort food! 😀

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 17, 2012 @ 8:01 am


    Dying because I UNDERSTAND the sunglasses thing. I’m about to do the SAME with some Ray Bans. Don’t tell anyone.

    Also dying because I want 35 little bowls of that awesomeness.

  11. 11

    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 17, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Thank god I am not the only one with completely unreasonable expectations of designer wares!

  12. 12

    Annika — May 17, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Cabot cheese is the absolute best!! I’ve been loving the Seriously Sharp for years now and have turned all my family and friends onto it! I might just have to make this tonight!

  13. 13

    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — May 17, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    Oooooh, girl. This looks AMAZING! So worth the extra $4 to go homemade! :)

  14. 14

    amy @ fearless homemaker — May 17, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    my favorite sentence of this post: “If you are a loser and do not like garlic, just leave it out!” ha, love it! =D

  15. 15

    Lenore — May 17, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Haha I died when I read your “if a loser” comment! I looove stovetop Mac ‘n’ Cheese, so I neeeeed to try this!

  16. 16

    Kristen M. — May 17, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    This past Christmas my sister got two pairs of Tom Ford sunglasses from her husband in addition to other gifts. I was like what?!?!? I am more of the knockoff girl.

  17. 17

    Eliana — May 17, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    This has delicious and comfort written all over it.

  18. 18

    Devon — May 17, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    The extra $5 also means its not full of processsed crap :)

    I’d sell my right arm for some mac & cheese right now.

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    Cassie — May 17, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    I loooove Cabot cheese too. I’m such a huge white cheddar fan!

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    Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) — May 17, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    LOL, you are hilarious, but I think your reasoning is spot-on. This looks amazing but I should disclose that I will pretty much inhale any type of mac and cheese that I happen upon. My husband is one of those garlic hating losers…ugh!

  21. 21

    Bri — May 17, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    Swooning over “seriously sharp” cheddar! Must try that soon!

  22. 22

    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — May 17, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    No matter how many mac n’ cheese recipes I find, I can’t resist trying new ones. This looks awesome, and I love how truly quick and easy it is!

  23. 23

    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 17, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    Not demanding, you just know what you want :)
    Love this recipe!!

  24. 24

    Rebecca — May 17, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    Jessica-I grew up eating homemade velveeta
    Mac n cheese. Use velveeta as your cheese
    Cube and layer with cooked pasta and
    pepper. Add milk until you can see it at the
    top. Bake 350 for at least an hour, stirring
    occasionally and add more milk if needed.

  25. 25

    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 17, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    I love your mac and cheese comparison to the $300 Tom Ford sunglasses.

  26. 26

    Kiran @ — May 17, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    Something is wrong with me — i’ve been living in the States for 6 years now and never tasted mac and cheese before. Gotta alter this ASAP. Thanks for this simple yum recipe :)

  27. 27

    Ann — May 17, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    It looks FANTASTIC! I love the “290 times better”….you crack me up! (and I suspect this recipe is 290 times better than the blue box)

  28. 28

    Joanne — May 17, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    If you’re going to be demanding about anything, then mac and cheese is totally the place to do it. I just feel like if I’m ingesting a ton of cheese calories it had better be showstopping. And taste like unicorns. This SO is.

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    Krissy's Creations — May 17, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    I have a knockoff pair too! And I love them! Love stovetop mac and cheese – the best!

  30. 30

    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 18, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    I’ve never used sour cream or cream cheese in mac ‘n cheese but it sounds like a delicious idea! This looks so mouthwatering, Jessica! Could be made light with whole wheat noodles, light sour cream and fat free cream cheese!

  31. 31

    kankana — May 18, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    Dot on true! Love the rich purple fabric and home made mac and cheese is SO better than the blue box.

  32. 32

    Stella — May 19, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    I am always searching for a good non-roux based mac and cheese. Not GF or anything, just not a fan of the subtle texture the flour lends to the saucy business. Thanks for this!

  33. 33

    Debra Kapellakis — May 19, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    The photo’s made my mouth water. Your introduction, cracked me up!

  34. 34

    seantellc — May 20, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    I’m totaling making this tonight with my burgers, but I think I’ll add some jalapenos to it. MMmmm thanks for this recipe I loves me some mac and cheese!

  35. 35

    TastefullyJulie — May 21, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    I love Cabot cheese, too! I call it “”Ca-beau” to make it sound fancier.

  36. 36

    DessertForTwo — May 21, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    I bet the sour cream makes this scrumptious! Gotta make it!

  37. 37

    Becky — May 21, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    Yum! This will definitely be the next mac & cheese recipe for me to try – I’ve tried several different kinds and while they’re good, they’re not the perfect texture/taste I’ve been trying to achieve – this looks like a keeper! :)

  38. 38

    Nikki — May 21, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    I love making homemade stove-top, but I still can’t resist the box every now and then. :) And, cute shades, girl! TOMS knock-offs? I’m all for it!

  39. 39

    Apron Appeal — May 23, 2012 @ 6:44 am

    If you plan on wearing the sunglasses for a very long time, I think spending $300 is fine. I’ve had my maui jims for over 10 years. Sometimes when you spend a lot of money on something, you take better care of it. When I don’t buy nice sunglasses, I end up purchasing 1 or 2 pair each year – and that adds up to.

  40. 40

    Tina {My Life as a Mrs} — May 23, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    yes. yes. yes. I want this now (even though I just ate lunch!) 😉

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    Sarah — May 26, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    This is a great recipe! I did not add the garlic (I’m a loser!) and it tasted great! It’s very rich, so you can’t eat a whole lot in one sitting.

  42. 42

    leslie — June 1, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    Swoon! Mac and cheese is my BFF

  43. 43

    Katie — June 22, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    I want the Tom Fords – and this is coming from someone who rarely wants expensive things (and even MORE rarely purchases them)! So tempting. But I feel guilty enough buying a pair that costs more than $50. Or $20 sometimes. *sigh*

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — July 15, 2012 @ 12:24 am

    I like to add cream cheese to my mac and cheese but never thought to use sour cream to achieve that rich creaminess. I’ll have to give this a try next time I am craving that comforting cheesiness of homemade mac n’ cheese.

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