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Stovetop mac and cheese in a large pot with a stirring spoon.

Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese is classic comfort food, made in one pot with just 5 ingredients!


  • 1 pound shell pasta
  • 2 cups grated mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sharp grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Boil the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, whisk both cheeses, evaporated milk, eggs, and salt together in a large sauce pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Continue cooking and stirring until the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. When the pasta is done cooking, reserve one cup of the pasta water and drain the pasta.
  4. Add the drained pasta to the cheese mixture and stir to coat the pasta completely. Add in pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the consistency you desire. I usually end up using 3- 4 tablespoons of pasta water.
  5. Serve immediately.

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