This homemade macaroni and cheese is so creamy and extra cheesy. Made on the stovetop, this single serving mac and cheese recipe is easy to make and can be ready in minutes. It's the perfect size for one person!
If there's one recipe every home cook should have in their arsenal of recipes, it should be a glorious homemade macaroni and cheese recipe; one that can be pulled out the instant a craving hits for cheesy, creamy pasta.
Macaroni and cheese is classic comfort food and since this easy mac and cheese recipe takes just minutes to make, it's a recipe you can enjoy making over and over again.
Truly, it takes about the same amount of time to make this classic macaroni and cheese as it does to make the kind from a box - and this version is so much better homemade!
What Type Of Pasta Should I Use?
This homemade macaroni and cheese recipe begins with the pasta. I like to use elbow macaroni but use your favorite small pasta shape. As long as it's a shape that's good at holding onto the sauce, it'll be a good choice.
Other favorite pasta types include fusilli, rotini, and shells.
You'll want to cook 2-ounces of pasta until it's al dente and has a little bite. After it's cooked and drained, set it aside and make the cheese sauce.
Two ounces of dried elbow macaroni is about 1/2 cup.
Ingredients In The Cheese Sauce
See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.
To make the glorious cheese sauce for your mac and cheese you will need:
- all purpose flour
- shredded cheddar cheese
- dry mustard
Pro Tip: You can use any percentage of milk you like. Unsweetened almond milk also works well in this recipe.
What To Do With Leftover Ingredients
If you have any ingredients left over from this macaroni and cheese recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:
- Flour: Biscuits, Potato Soup, Blueberry Crumble
- Cheddar cheese: Broccoli Cheese Soup, Taco Casserole, Beer Bread
- Pasta: Shrimp and Prosciutto Pasta, Italian Pasta Salad, Goulash
How To Make Macaroni and Cheese
Follow these easy steps for making the best macaroni and cheese:
- Begin By Making A Roux: Don't let the word "roux" scare you. A roux is a fancy French term and shouldn't intimidate you. The purpose of a roux is to thicken a sauce and in this recipe, it's a simple mixture of equal parts melted butter and flour. As the butter melts in a small saucepan, whisk in the flour to form a thick, smooth paste. Cook the roux for a minute or so.
- Whisk In The Milk: Slowly pour the milk into the roux while whisking. As the milk heats, the clumps of flour will smooth out and the sauce will thicken. Continue to cook the sauce for about 2 minutes.
- Add The Cheese: Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the shredded cheese and dry mustard. I happen to love the flavor that the dry mustard imparts. You don't have to use it in your mac and cheese version however, I highly recommend it.
- Stir In The Pasta: Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the pasta. Best if enjoyed immediately.
As you can see, this is truly an easy stovetop mac and cheese recipe.
Macaroni and Cheese Topping
If you like a crisp, buttery topping for your macaroni and cheese, just transfer the mac and cheese into a small oven safe dish or ramekin and sprinkle a tablespoon of seasoned breadcrumbs over the top. Cut a tablespoon of butter into little pieces and place the pieces of butter over the top of the breadcrumbs and bake the macaroni and cheese in the oven (350 degrees F /177 degrees C) for a few minutes until the butter melts and the topping is golden.
What To Serve With Macaroni And Cheese
Although I could eat macaroni and cheese all by itself and be quite happy doing so, you might like to enjoy any of these dishes with yours...
This macaroni and cheese is so creamy and delicious. It's a single serving recipe but the ingredients can be doubled to yield two servings.
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- 2 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni (or other pasta shape)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup milk (use any percentage or almond milk)
- 1/2 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
How To Video
- Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- In a small 1-quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
- Add the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
- Whisk in the milk and cook, whisking constantly for 1 to 2 minutes until the mixture thickens and there are no lumps.
- Stir in the cheese, the dry mustard, and the salt and continue stirring until the cheese has melted.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the pasta. Best if enjoyed immediately.The macaroni and cheese will be very creamy and will thicken even more as it cools.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.