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Mac & Cheese – Stove-Top

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One-Pot Mac & Cheese

Super simple. NO OVEN Stove-Top Recipe
Cuisine American
Keyword Pasta
Method Stove Top
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3 Qt Pot
  • Small Frying Pan


  • 1 ½ Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 8 oz Elbow Macaroni - by Weight
  • 4 oz American Cheese from Deli – grated - 1 cup
  • 4 oz Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese - grated (1 cup)
  • ½ tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper - Optional


  • Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 TBS. Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbs Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper - – to taste when served


  • Bring Water and Milk to boil over high heat.
  • Stir in Macaroni and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Cook, stirring frequently until Macaroni is soft (slightly past al dente), 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Add American Cheese, Mustard, and Cayenne Pepper.
  • Cook, stirring constantly until cheese is completely melted, about 1 minute.
  • Turn off heat, stir in Cheddar until evenly distributed but not melted.
  • Cover saucepan and let stand for 5 minutes.


  • Stir Panko, Oil, Salt, and Pepper in frying pan until Panko is evenly moistened.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until Panko is evenly browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Take off heat, sprinkle Parmesan over Panko mixture and stir to combine. Transfer Panko mixture to a small bowl.

Final Serving – Assenbly

  • Stir Macaroni until sauce is smooth (sauce may look loose but will thicken as it cools). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to warm serving dish and sprinkle panko mixture over top. Serve immediately.

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