My family LOVES homemade macaroni and cheese. I do love making it all amazing with a roux cheese sauce and bake it into ooey gooey-ness. But…but…it can take forever, and yes 35 minutes of baking can be forever on a weeknight dinner.
Sometimes I need it ready in 15 minutes, so I’ve gotten really good at whipping up a stove top macaroni and cheese my kids just love.
Make a box of elbow macaroni or shells according to the package. Then, drain. Don’t rinse the noodles because you want to melt the butter. Add the butter and stir it up until melted.
Next, add one kind of the cheese and start mixing so it will melt as well. I usually add colby jack first.
Then, add the second (and if you have a third ) cheese. I save just a tiny bit to add a sprinkle on top just before serving. Personally, I think the secret to delicious macaroni and cheese is using multiple kinds of cheese. Cheddar is great, but adding colby and jack cheeses just add a little oomph to it. When I started adding monterrey jack cheese to any of my homemade mac n cheese recipes, people raved about the flavor.
Add the salt and garlic powder and keep stirring. Then, add the heavy cream. I’ve found cream makes it so much more ooey and gooey than just regular milk. The best heavy cream is the Kroger brand. It’s much thicker than any other brand I’ve found, and it makes this mac n cheese just all the gooier. I keep cream on hand at all times. However, if you don’t have it, milk will still work in a pinch.
Then, it’s ready to serve!
- 1 box of shells
- 8 oz shredded colby jack cheese
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Make the shells according to the package.
- Drain the shells.
- Add the butter and mix until melted.
- Add the cheese, keep just a small amount to add on top just before serving.
- Mix the cheese up until it's thoroughly melted.
- Add the salt and garlic powder and mix.
- Add the heavy cream and mix until ooey and gooey.
- Serve immediately.
There’s always a fight with the leftovers for this mac and cheese. My youngest loves for me to put it in a thermos for lunch at school. The teenagers just want to eat it straight from the fridge after school. My oldest daughter hoards it from everyone else and will finish off the entire leftover container if I don’t make her share.
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