Main Dish

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

April 26, 2012
So my husband and I are a little obsessed with Mac and Cheese.  It’s one of our favorite meals.  This is our complete favorite.  When I first tried this original Mac and Cheese recipe I thought there would be nothing better. Ever.  This was the ultimate Mac and Cheese and nothing else could ever rival it.  Until now!

This Stovetop Mac and Cheese is seriously inching its way up into being our new favorite Mac and Cheese recipe.  And there are so many reasons why.  One of the best things about this recipe is just how easy it is!  It couldn’t be any easier.  Seriously.  All you do is boil the pasta, drain it, and then add the added ingredients – including garlic, Gouda cheese, milk, Greek yogurt, and a little bit of butter.  Stir, stir, and stir, until the pasta is creamy and delicious.  That’s it!  All stovetop, no oven, and in no-time.
And, of course, the other great thing about this recipe is how great it tastes.  It’s cheesy and creamy and has amazing flavor.  The Gouda gives it a great silky-smooth texture and flavor, and isn’t too overwhelming.  Plus the garlic is nice added ingredient that really pumps up the flavor, and makes this dish really shine.
This might just be our new favorite mac and cheese.  And I bet it will be yours too!

Stovetop Mac and Cheese
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Serves: About 6
16 ounces Dried Pasta (I like to use elbow macaroni, spirals, or pinwheels)
2 cloves Garlic, Minced
8 ounces Gouda, Shredded
¼ Milk (I use low-fat)
1/3 cup Greek Yogurt
3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
Salt and Pepper, to Taste
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.  Add the pasta and cook until it turns al dente – you want it to be slightly firm to the bite, and not mushy.  Drain the pasta quickly, allowing some of the water to stay on the pasta, and then immediately transfer the pasta back to the pot.
Add the garlic and shredded gouda and stir to combine.  Continue stirring until almost all the cheese has melted.   Stir in the milk, Greek yogurt, and butter, and continue stirring until all the ingredients are fully incorporated and have coated the pasta.  The cheese will be completely melted and the pasta will be creamy.  Season with salt and pepper and then serve immediately.
Recipe slightly adapted from Annies Eats, who adapted it from The Curvy Carrot.

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  • Kathryn April 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I’m obsessed with macaroni and cheese too but I always bake mine, I’m going to have to try this stove top method!

  • Joanne April 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I can’t think of any dinner I want more than mac and cheese at any given moment…it’s just SO good. I love the sound of this version. My mom always made stovetop when i was growing up, so I have a soft spot for it. Have to try this!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day April 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I love that you used Greek yogurt…I’ve been using it for everything and I bet it goes perfectly with the gouda. This might be dinner tonight! 

  • Dinnersdishesdessert April 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    What a great stove top recipe.  Easy. and healthy too with the Greek yogurt!

  • Susan April 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Krissy, What is the quantity for the milk? 1/4 what?  Cup I assume.

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious April 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Awesome mac! I love the addition of the Greek yogurt and Gouda is a fav of mine always!!
    Take care..

  • Elizabeth April 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    This looks so easy and delicious!

  • Herbie, Bryan, YiRan April 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Just made mac and cheese last night – we added in some bacon bits, cuz everything’s better with bacon

  • Krissy's Creations April 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Whoops!  Yes, it’s 1/4 cup Milk.  Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations April 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I only had baked Mac and Cheese recipes, until this one.  You’ve got to try it 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations April 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

     I’ve been totally loving Greek Yogurt too!

  • Krissy's Creations April 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Ooo Bacon sounds good in this recipe!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out April 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I love mac and cheese but always get so impatient waiting for it to bake! This is perfect =)

  • Christine April 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I love mac and cheese. All time favorite.

  • Jelly beans April 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    JUST made. Was Delish! Super creamy.. But I subbed cheddar for the gouda because I wanted everyone to enjoy. Will try nxt time with gouda! Perfect comfort food!

  • Kenzie July 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    What kind of greek yogurt? Just plain?

  • Krissy's Creations August 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    This looks positively delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe at home! Also, I love the photos. Did you take them yourself? I’d love to share them on my blog,it may be the most perfect mac and cheese photo I’ve ever seen.