Stovetop Four Cheese Mac and Cheese

Jazz up your stovetop mac and cheese with this four cheese gourmet version that’s both creamy and rich.  A children’s favorite that will become a family favorite.  It’s quick, easy and delicious and works great as a main dish or a side. Love a crunchy buttery top? Pour it into ramekins and finish it off in the oven. It’s comfort food at it’s best!

Stovetop Four Cheese Mac and Cheese | 2 Cookin Mamas Jazz up your stovetop mac and cheese with this four cheese gourmet version that's both creamy and rich. It's quick, easy and delicious and works great as a main dish or a side. Love a crunchy buttery top? Pour it into ramekins and finish it off in the oven. I guarantee this will become a family favorite. #macandcheese #stovetop #fourcheese #recipe #baked #easy #homemade #creamy

Days may be warming up but there’s always room on the menu for mac and cheese. OK, warming up, who am I kidding, the days here in Florida have been doing that for quite a while already. However, no matter what the weather, I don’t think families, especially the kids, ever get tired of mac and cheese. 

Spoonful of creamy mac and cheese above saucepan

Since quick and easy is the name of the game here on 2 Cookin Mamas, I thought a tasty kicked up stovetop mac and cheese would be a great recipe to have on hand. But I wanted to jazz it up a little, make it a little different, and decided to use a combination of cheeses, cheddar, Comte, Fontina and Pecorino Romano or Parmesan, for a real taste sensation.

And what a great mixture it was! It turned out to be one of the best mac and cheese recipes I have ever made – rich, creamy and absolutely sinful!

Popular Questions Asked 

Can I prepare Stovetop Mac and Cheese ahead of time?

Make it as indicated in recipe below then let cool for 10-15 minutes. Place in covered container and store in refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat on stove over low heat adding extra milk or cream as needed.

Can I precook pasta?

Yes, of course. Precook pasta to the al dente stage, toss with a little oil, then store in a covered container in refrigerator. Add to recipe when indicated although reheat time may be a little longer.

Can cheese sauce be made ahead of time?

Absolutely! Just prepare as directed but don’t add pasta. Let cool 10-15 minutes then store covered in refrigerator. When ready to use, reheat on low and add more cream if necessary. Will keep for 2-3 days.

PRO-TIP: Prepare the mac and cheese in advance, adding another 1/2 cup of milk or cream to mixture. Place in buttered casserole or ramekins. Store covered in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Place buttered crumbs on top and reheat at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

closeup of baked browned mac and cheese in ramekin

Check out how easy it is to make my Stovetop Four Cheese Mac and Cheese.

Stovetop Mac and Cheese ingredients overhead

  1. Gather ingredients.
  2. Cook pasta according to instructions on package to al dente. Set aside.

  1. Melt butter in saucepan.
  2. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper.
  3. Continue to whisk while adding milk and cream. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes to thicken. 

Pro-Tip: When the sauce is thick enough it will coat a spoon easily.

  1. Remove from heat and add a dash of nutmeg.

Mac and cheese prep steps 1-4

  1. Stir in cheeses until melted and smooth.
  2. Add pasta, stir well and serve hot. You can also add a crunchy buttery top and bake but that’s totally up to you.

ramekins of mac and cheese ready to bake

For topping, mix butter and bread crumbs in a small bowl. Place Stovetop Mac and Cheese in a buttered casserole dish or buttered ramekins. Sprinkle crumbs on top and pop into a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

spoonful closeup of Baked Mac and Cheese in ramekin

A warm, creamy, comfort food that can be a tasty main dish or a quick, easy side. Want a little more protein, add some ham to the mix or serve as a side with rotisserie chicken. Enjoy!

What to serve with Four Cheese Mac and Cheese:

Air Fryer Pork Chops from 2 Cookin Mamas

Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken from A Mindful Mom

Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets from 2 Cookin Mamas

Stovetop Four Cheese Mac & Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Jazz up stovetop mac and cheese with this four cheese gourmet version. It's creamy, rich, easy and delicious. An all around family favorite!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keywords: four cheese mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese, stovetop mac and cheese
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 523 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shell macaroni uncooked
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup fat-free half and half or cream
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup Comte cheese shredded (or any type of Gruyere)
  • 1/4 cup Fontina cheese shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons Pecorino-Romano cheese grated (Parmesan can also be used)
Directions
  1. Cook macaroni while preparing cheese sauce. When done, drain and set aside.

  2. In a large pan, melt butter and add flour, salt and pepper.
  3. Whisk in milk and cream and bring to boil. Cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly then reduce heat and continue cooking for 8-10 minutes more to thicken sauce. Make sure to stir occasionally so it doesn't stick to the bottom.

  4. Remove from heat and add a dash of nutmeg and shredded cheeses. Stir until melted. 
  5. Add macaroni and stir to combine.
  6. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

You can also bake the macaroni and cheese. Place Stovetop Mac and Cheese in a buttered casserole dish or individual ramekins. Top with buttered bread crumbs and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until top is brown.

To make buttered bread crumbs, mix 1/2 cup bread crumbs with 2 Tablespoons of melted butter.

Nutrition Facts
Stovetop Four Cheese Mac & Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 523 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 808mg 34%
Potassium 266mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 14.5%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 50.4%
Iron 6.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been updated to bring you more mouthwatering photos and easier to read instructions. Original publish date was September 28, 2014.

 

DON’T MISS A RECIPE!

FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

Jazz up your stovetop mac and cheese with this four cheese gourmet version that\'s both creamy and rich. It\'s quick, easy and delicious and works great as a main dish or a side. Love a crunchy buttery top? Pour it into ramekins and finish it off in the oven. I guarantee this will become a family favorite. #macandcheese #stovetop #fourcheese  #recipe #baked #easy #homemade #creamy

You Might Also Like

2 Comments

  • Reply
    wilhelmina
    03/27/2019 at 10:48 am


    This is so creamy and fabulously rich! Right up my alley!

  • Reply
    Beth
    03/27/2019 at 10:40 am


    Oh my heavens! Such delicious mac n cheese! Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    124 Shares
    Pin
    Share
    Tweet
    Yum