Best Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Contributor: Emily Dingmann

What are the keys to the best stovetop mac and cheese? A little spice, perfectly cooked pasta and lots of cheese!

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 8 oz. elbow macaroni
  • ⅓ cup half & half
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. mustard powder
  • 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Cook macaroni noodles to al dente, according to package instructions.
  2. Drain pasta and set aside.
  3. Add half & half, garlic powder, salt and mustard powder to pan. Whisk together and bring to a boil. Stir in cheese, and once it starts to melt a bit, add pasta. Stir until cheese has melted.
  4. Serve immediately.