Baked Mac and Cheese in ramekins on wooden board square

Stovetop Four Cheese Mac & Cheese

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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 523 kcal
Author Linda Warren


  • 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)


  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*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 808mg34%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 725IU15%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 504mg50%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.