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The Only Basic Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe You'll Ever Need

The Only Basic Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe You'll Ever Need


Serves 16 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

We like brown rice pasta here for three reasons: It’s whole-grain, it’s a dead ringer (taste- and texture-wise) for traditional pasta, and it’s gluten- free. You could also use a wheat- or chickpea-based pasta.


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound uncooked brown rice macaroni or penne pasta
  • 8 ounces 2% reduced-fat cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
  • 2 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for serving

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 188
  • Fat 7g
  • Satfat 4g
  • Unsatfat 2g
  • Protein 8g
  • Carbohydrate 24g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 4g
  • Added sugars 0g
  • Sodium 280mg
  • Calcium 17% DV
  • Potassium 2% DV

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together milk, 2 cups water, and salt in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil over high. Stir in pasta. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring often and gently to loosen pasta from bottom of pot, until just tender, about 12 minutes. (Do not over-stir, or pasta may become mushy.)

Step 2

Remove from heat. Add cheeses and pepper; stir gently until melted. Sprinkle with additional pepper.

Watch the video: Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe. How to Make Mac N Cheese. Macaroni and Cheese Recipe (August 2021).