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Creamy Stovetop Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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Description

Creamy gooey stovetop mac ‘n’ cheese made with American cheese singles.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Dry Macaroni (or Up To 2 Cups, Depending On How Saucy You Like It)
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 1-¼ cup Whole Milk
  • 8 slices (up To 10 Slices) American Processed Cheese Singles, Unwrapped
  • 2 dashes Each Of Seasonings (I Chose Seasoned Salt, Regular Salt And Cayenne Pepper)

Preparation

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil to the water and pour in the dry macaroni. Cook until al dente and drain. (Note: you can cook the full 2 cups of noodles, then just stir as much of it as you like into the sauce later. Store the leftovers in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator and use for something else later.)

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small sauce pan over low heat. After it’s melted, whisk in the flour and continue whisking for about 1-2 minutes to dissolve and cook the rawness out of the flour. Pour in the milk and whisk slowly until it thickens. Add the cheese slices a few at a time and whisk until they melt into the sauce.

Stir the cheese sauce and noodles together, and season to taste.

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lid0linda on 10.15.2010

I just made this and it was so satisfying and yummy and ridiculously easy to make!

I was always so lazy to make homemade mac and cheese because I would always grate my own cheese and then bake it and yada yada yada… but I loved the fact that it was a no hassle recipe and I was able to cut the ingredients in half to make it enough for just me. =) Loved it! Thanks for posting!

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smacscrap on 10.7.2010

Delicious! Simple! Had all of the ingredients in the kitchen! Tastes gourmet! Thank You!!!

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tracessarah on 1.16.2010

Really good…If you use one cup of pasta, it will be very saucy, I had to cook some additional noodles to make it less so. Creamy, comfort food!

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caitmccann on 12.31.2009

I made this for Christmas dinner with Velveeta cheese slices. It was soo yummy! Thanks for the recipe

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mindeola on 12.29.2009

I decided at the very last minute on Christmas Day that I needed a mac n cheese dish. I ran to TK and did a quick search. I had everything except the cheese slices, so I whipped it up. We used Stripey Jack,a little bit of parm and some gouda in the place of the sliced cheese. This was such a huge hit. My Mac and Cheese addicted brother loved it and he is really picky about his mac. The gouda gave it a great gourmet feel, but it was subtle enough that the kiddos all still loved it. Thanks for sharing!!! 14 thumbs up from my family!

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beverlyjk on 4.21.2013

Delicious! I used seasoned bread crumbs instead of flour and spices, and I used skim milk instead of whole–and it came out fantastic! So easy and yummy!

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Jennifer | Mother Thyme on 1.12.2012

Really good and super easy to make! I used 4 slices of American Cheese and about a cup or so of shredded mild cheddar cheese and it was rich, creamy and delicious! My kids who are picky mac and cheese eaters gobbled it up. Definitely will make again! Thanks!

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jilliancooks4fun on 7.16.2011

Pretty sure this is our new favorite mac n cheese! The baked versions always come out too dry for me. This was perfectly creamy.

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LaLaLinz on 3.14.2011

Good stuff. I did not use the cheese singles; I used regular cheese I had on-hand instead. It is definitely creamy and yummy! I added more than a couple dashes of cayenne pepper for some extra spice and used 1% milk instead of whole. This will be a go-to recipe for me. Thanks for sharing!

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meggister on 3.1.2011

Delicious and so easy! My boyfriend devoured it in a matter of minutes! I used more than 2 dashes of cayenne pepper, just to give it more of a kick. Thanks for the recipe – definitely a keeper! :)

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