Stovetop Mac and Cheese
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Stovetop Mac and Cheese

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Stovetop mac and cheese is the perfect recipe for a quick family dinner. It’s creamy, delicious and so easy to make!

For this recipe, you’ll need macaroni or elbow pasta. You can use any other pasta of your choice. The two major ingredients of the cheese sauce are cream and mozzarella cheese. It helps in giving it an extremely rich and creamy texture. I have added a little turmeric powder to the sauce to get that bright yellow colour. I have also used garlic and nutmeg to ramp up the flavour of the cheese sauce. This simple mac and cheese recipe takes only about 25 minutes from start to finish.

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Prep Time: 5 min | Cook Time: 20 min | Total Time: 25 min

Yield: Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups macaroni or elbow pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup fresh cream
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg or jaiphal
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Fresh coriander leaves, for garnish

Cooking Directions:

In a medium-sized pot, boil water with some salt and oil. Add the pasta and cook till al dente. Drain the pasta and leave it in the colander for now.

Melt butter in a non-stick pan. Add the garlic and saute until just fragrant.

Whisk in the flour and cook for at least 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously.

Add turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Mix well and cook for a minute.

Reduce the heat to low and gradually whisk in the milk. About 1/4th cup at a time, whisking between each addition to combine. Boil the sauce on medium flame until it starts to thicken.

Lower the flame. Add fresh cream, cheese, nutmeg, black pepper powder and salt. Stir through until all the cheese has melted. Turn the heat off.

Toss the pasta through the sauce until completely coated.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

If you are looking for more pasta recipes, then you can try this easy red sauce pasta which is made with roasted red bell peppers. Or you can try baked chicken pasta. It is really simple to put together and tastes so good. And if you are looking for a healthy pasta recipe then try this easy pasta salad. It is loaded with fresh veggies, kidney beans and ricotta cheese. All these ingredients are tossed with a super easy homemade dressing.

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Sneha Paul
Stovetop mac and cheese is the perfect recipe for a quick family dinner. It's creamy, delicious and so easy to make!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Snack
Servings 3 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups macaroni or elbow pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup fresh cream
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg or jaiphal
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized pot, boil water with some salt and oil. Add the pasta and cook till al dente. Drain the pasta and leave it in the colander for now.
  • Melt butter in a non-stick pan. Add the garlic and saute until just fragrant.
  • Whisk in the flour and cook for at least 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Add turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  • Reduce the heat to low and gradually whisk in the milk. About 1/4th cup at a time, whisking between each addition to combine. Boil the sauce on medium flame until it starts to thicken.
  • Lower the flame. Add fresh cream, cheese, nutmeg, black pepper powder and salt. Stir through until all the cheese has melted. Turn the heat off.
  • Toss the pasta through the sauce until completely coated.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Keyword cheese sauce, macaroni recipe, pasta recipe

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