Extra Creamy Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese (Boiled in Milk)

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Extra Creamy Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese

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If you love rich and creamy mac & cheese then this recipe is for you!! It’s very simple and although it takes a little time, it’s totally worth it!

I used cheddar but feel free to play with the cheeses for different flavors or to use up what you have on hand!

Extra Creamy One Pot Mac & Cheese (Boiled in Milk)

Rating: 51

Extra Creamy One Pot Mac & Cheese (Boiled in Milk)


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  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
  • 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Rinse uncooked macaroni and drain well.
  2. In a saucepan combine milk, garlic powder, butter and water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add in macaroni noodles, reduce heat to low.
  4. Continue to simmer stirring frequently until noodles are cooked (about 20 minutes).
  5. Watch to make sure the liquid doesn't completely evaporate. You can add extra milk 1/4 cup at a time if the liquid is low.
  6. Stir in remaining ingredients and cover for 3 minutes.
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  1. Sarah Prieb says

    Mmmmm, this was so good! I’ve been craving mac ‘n’ cheese but without all the chemicals and having a hard time finding a good recipe. This is definately the new favorite!

    • says

      Sorry it didn’t work out for you. I’ve made it on many occasions and it always seems to work out really well for me. Did you use just regular noodles (not whole wheat etc?).

  2. Riley says

    The picture looks so good, but I was wondering if the recipe would be the same if I used already cooked noodles instead?

    • says

      Hmm… I think it’s the starch from the noodles that makes it rich and creamy. If you did use already cooked noodles it may not thicken up and I’d worry that the noodles would get mushy.

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