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Homemade Kraft-Style Stove-Top Mac and Cheese Recipe

Creamy Stovetop Mac 'n' Cheese That's Even More Comforting Than Kraft

When I was little, my favorite meal was Kraft macaroni and cheese with slices of Ball Park hot dogs stirred in. Although I haven't had this dinner in years, I remember it fondly and sometimes find myself craving a bowl of creamy stovetop mac and cheese. I considered giving the old package a try, but the thought of powdered cheese made me cringe. That's why I decided to make my own version of Kraft's classic mac.

Surprisingly, it's very quick and easy to put together, and the resulting dish is comforting and nostalgic yet a little bit higher-brow. To ensure a smooth, rich texture, I combined Velveeta — what can I say, it's a guilty pleasure! — with a good-quality, extrasharp cheddar. The mixture works wonderfully, and from now on instead of reaching for a box, I'll reach for this recipe.

Kraft-Style Stove-Top Mac and Cheese

Kraft-Style Stove-Top Mac and Cheese

Kraft-Style Stove-Top Mac and Cheese


  1. Kosher salt
  2. 3 cups macaroni
  3. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  4. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  5. 1 cup whole milk
  6. 1 3/4 cups (5 1/4 ounces) grated extrasharp cheddar cheese
  7. 4 ounces Velveeta, diced
  8. Scant 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  9. Scant 1/4 teaspoon cayenne


  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the macaroni according to the directions on the label or until al dente. Drain.
  2. In the same saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk. Cook, whisking until the mixture thickens, about 4-5 minutes. Turn the heat to low, and add the cheddar and Velveeta in handfuls, whisking to melt. Stir until all the cheese is combined, and season with the mustard, cayenne, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste. Add the cooked pasta, and stir well to coat all of the pasta with the sauce. Enjoy immediately.

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pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
Recently made something similar to this, added sour cream along with the chedder and velveeta though...sooo good!
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I will be making this tonight! Mmmm can't wait!
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
yummm! this looks soo good!! i feel so guilty eating Kraft, so i've stolen a yummy recipe that my mom found somewhere: sautee onions, garlic, and tomatoes in some EVOO and mix it in w/ your pasta. then use just shredded cheddar. its much lighter, but still has the same flavor.
msshellokitty msshellokitty 8 years
That looks so good.I love mac and cheese.
foudini foudini 8 years
Honestly, there are some things in life where the original is best: Kraft Mac and Cheese is definitely that. I've had heavenly homemade and gourmet and everything in between. Nothing works like the good 'ol original blue box.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I sure will, justanerd1975 and chief, are you going gourmet on us, no bacon?!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Lets just throw some pancetta bits on top of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
I love camping, Amber! Let me know how your campfire recipe turns out??
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
mamasitamalita, my grandma used to make that too! yummmm good memories!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I'm using the "gourmet" Kraft mac n' cheese to make the poblano recipe you posted earlier. I know it's cheating but I'm camping and those chiles roasted on the campfire are gonna be delish. I have my cast iron skillet to toast the tortillas. YUMMERS!!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
looks super delicious!!!!!!! mac and cheese is such a great comfort food, my mom used to make her own cheese sauce and then put it in a casserole dish with breadcrumbs on top... divine. that's MY childhood mac & cheese!!!
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