How To Make the Best Macaroni and Cheese on the Stove

Whatever the reason, whatever the occasion, a bowl of this mac and cheese will always spell comfort. Here's the best, most classic recipe I know, with step-by-step pictures to guide you.

How To Make Creamy Macaroni and Cheese on the Stove

Serves 4 to 6

What You Need

1 pound pasta, any shape
1 1/2 cups whole or 2% milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 to 3 cups shredded cheese, like cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Colby
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon powdered mustard
Optional extras (cook before adding): Ham, bacon, onions, peas, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower

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