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Recipe for a Quick and Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese made on the stove top using no roux or flour, just 4 simple ingredients, macaroni, cheese, milk, and butter.
Who doesn’t love a big helping of homemade macaroni and cheese? My spouse, that’s who.
He likes his mac and cheese from the box; powdered cheese, a foil packet of cheese, any kind of cheese besides good old fashioned American cheese slices.
Honestly, he would choose versatile meat sauce over any kind of noodle before he chose mac & cheese anyway.
Now don’t misunderstand, there is something to be said about the convenience of those blue boxes of macaroni and cheese and I have cooked my share of them.
I have also served up the frozen and refrigerated prepackaged varieties. I feel no shame.
But I prefer my macaroni and cheese the way I ate it growing up. Made quickly and loaded with cheese. Everyone besides my spouse loves this mac & cheese though and it is requested often.
This method for making mac & cheese is about as simple as it can get, short of using the blue boxes.
There is no flour, no mustard, no anything that makes me go “Ewww, do people really put that in their macaroni and cheese?”
It’s simply unadulterated macaroni, butter, milk, and American cheese slices.
WHAT KIND OF CHEESE FOR MAC AND CHEESE WITHOUT FLOUR?
American cheese is the smoothest melting of all of the cheeses. With a mild flavor and creamy texture, American cheese is kid friendly.
Yes, I know some people do not consider American cheese real cheese, but some of those same people will not hesitate to put those rubbery looking blocks of other processed cheese into their macaroni and cheese or their queso dip for that matter.
Sometimes, when I find some orphaned partial bag of cheddar shreds in the fridge I might add a bit, but not too much.
Cheddar really needs a low heat to melt properly. The cheese will break if heated too much and may become gritty if melted too fast. That’s why most macaroni and cheese recipes start with a flour roux.
If you choose to use cheddar cheese, choose one that is mild.
BAKED MACARONI AND CHEESE
The simple no roux, no flour, macaroni and cheese recipe can be baked. This is the only stovetop recipe I have ever used, so whenever someone asked for baked mac & cheese this is what I used.
To bake this, simply place it into a greased casserole dish and top it with a crushed cracker topping.
I make my cracker topping with saltine crackers. To make a cracker crumb topping combine 1 cup of cracker crumbs with 4 tablespoons of melted butter.
If you prefer more topping, just increase the amount of crumb topping made.
Bake it in a 350 Degree F oven until the cracker crumbs are golden brown. Serve immediately.
Instead of cracker crumbs, this is the place you want to feature your cheddar cheese! Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top of the macaroni and cheese and bake just until the cheese has melted.
Simple Macaroni and Cheese
- Sauce Pan
- 16 ounces dried Pasta
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 16 ounces American Cheese Slices
- 1 1/4 cups Milk
- 1/4 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
- Cook pasta as directed on package.
- Drain pasta, but do not rinse.
- Add cooked pasta, butter, milk, cheese, and pepper to a pan.
- Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until all cheese is melted.