Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese

Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese

I love this easy recipe for Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese. Mac and cheese is my favorite comfort food. I love all the variations, from oven baked to crock pot. This stove top recipe is great because you can have homemade mac and cheese in about 20 minutes, and you don’t have to turn on the oven. A perfect side dish when you have something in the oven already, but hearty enough for a main dish as well. 

I’ve developed this recipe over the years after trying many others that were never quite what I wanted. This is the perfect combination of creamy, cheesy comfort. A simple stove top show stopper, and you only have one pot and one bowl to clean up. 

The secret ingredient, that really sets this apart, is evaporated milk. It gives the mac and cheese a rich, home-style flavor that is sure to please even your pickiest eater. We don’t like hot sauce, or dry mustard in our mac and cheese, but if you do just toss some in there!

Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese

by Melissa at No. 2 Pencil

Serves 6-8


1 pound of bite size pasta, such as macaroni or rotini 

1 stick of butter, cubed

1 12 ounce can of evaporated milk

2 large eggs

3 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup of shredded jack cheese

Kosher salt

Ground white (or black) pepper


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt to boiling water.

2. Drain pasta well and return to pot while still hot. 

3. Turn heat to low and mix butter into cooked pasta. Stir until melted.

4. Combine eggs, milk, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and a few dashes of pepper in a small bowl. Whisk together.

5. Add milk mixture to pasta and stir, follow with cheese. Continue stirring over low heat until cheese has melted.

6. Serve warm and enjoy!

Since our garden is continuing to produce tomatoes like crazy, we served sliced fresh tomatoes on the side and the combination was delicious! The fresh tomatoes were a perfect contrast to the rich and creamy mac and cheese. 

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  1. I have a total weakness for mac and cheese! This looks DELICIOUS!

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone that doesn’t love mac and cheese. This looks wonderful!

  3. i’m dying! This looks fabulous!

  4. Oh I can’t wait to try this!!! We love homemade Mac and Cheese. But question…how is the sharp chedder in it? We don’t use sharp often at all? So I’m wondering if I can subsitute??

  5. YUM! Now I know what’s for dinner! :) (Found you from the Martha Stewart paint group!)

    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  6. Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing your fab recipe!

  7. We tried this for dinner tonight. HUGE hit!! This is going into our rotation! :)

  8. Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about pasta and noodles! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

  9. Jessica says:

    This is delicious!! Does it freeze well

    • Thank you! I don’t think the sauce would hold up very well in thawing and reheating, but I could be wrong. Please let us know if you try!

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