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Easy Stove Top Mac & Cheese in 15 Minutes

A quick and easy mac and cheese recipe that is made on the stove top that only takes 15 minutes from start to finish.

Today I would like to share with you one of my ‘under 15 minute’ recipes for mac & cheese – a definite favorite among kids. What makes this mac & cheese so special, other than its quick preparation time, is how simple it is to make on the stove top. Better than the blue box variety, this homemade mac & cheese is cheesy and filling. Using a blender or whisking by hand, this stove top method is similar to preparing a hollandaise sauce, except this cheese sauce is mixed in with warm pasta and shredded cheese to make a cheesy sauce your kids will absolutely love and appreciate. No long baking time is required – just a few minutes longer than the actual cooking time it takes to boil pasta.

Ingredients :

  • 8-ounces dry pasta (elbow, shells, bow-tie, etc)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 8-ounces cheddar, shredded

Directions :

Prepare the pasta al-dente (soft but slightly firm) according to the package instructions in a large pot of boiling salted water.
While the pasta is cooking, blend the egg yolks, half and half, salt, pepper, and yellow mustard on a medium-high speed for 5 seconds.  With the lid removed, turn the blender on the lowest speed.  In a steady thin stream, slowly pour the butter into the blender.  Once all the butter has been added, turn the blender off.  If you don’t have a blender, you can whisk the ingredients by hand.
After the pasta is done cooking, quickly drain the pasta and return it to the pan reducing the heat to the lowest setting.
Stir in the sauce followed by the cheese.  Continue to the stir the pasta until the cheese has melted and the pasta is creamy and cheesy.
Serve immediately.