Alton Brown’s Stovetop Mac & Cheese

I think we may have bought our last box of macaroni & cheese. I like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese in a pinch, and Velveeta is pretty good, occasionally. They aren’t as good as homemade, of course, but they’re also an entirely different animal than most homemade macaroni & cheese recipes. After all, when it comes to homemade mac & cheese, you’re usually talking about a rich, heavy dish, baked in a casserole, topped with bread crumbs. And there’s nothing wrong with that, except that that kind of macaroni & cheese is almost a meal in and of itself. Sometimes, you want macaroni & cheese to take it’s rightful place as a side dish.

Enter AB’s Stovetop Mac & Cheese. Alton Brown’s Macaroni & Cheese recipe is just as quick and easy as the box variety.True, there are a few more ingredients, but they’re actually ones that we always have on hand.


Alton Brown’s Stovetop Mac-n-Cheese

  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 10 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded


In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente and drain. Return to the pot and melt in the butter. Toss to coat.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and mustard. Stir into the pasta and add the cheese. Over low heat continue to stir for 3 minutes or until creamy.

Note: See? That’s it. Just like with the blue box, boil the pasta, add some stuff, and stir. The flavor, however, is much, much better than any boxed macaroni and cheese. It was rich and creamy and deliciously cheesy.

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5 Responses to “Alton Brown’s Stovetop Mac & Cheese”

  1. Test Subject #2

    OMG-this stuff is the most amazing mac and cheese I’ve ever had. AND it’s just as delicious leftover, which is not the case with any other mac and cheese, boxed or homemade. I’m practically drooling just thinking about it.

  2. Becky

    Oooh! I’ll have to try this. The boys love mac & cheese and request it often. I’m getting a little tired of boxed versions though and would welcome a change!

  3. Teri


    I’m sure the boys will love it. If I was making it for kids, I’d probably use regular cheddar and not the super sharp cheddar, just because I think the regular kind is a bit more kid-friendly.

  4. Mom

    We tried this stuff, not bad. Dad really liked it, i got it rewarmed since IDPH made an unplanned week long visit today. BTW Liz really hated it, she said it tasted too much like mustard………..I didn’t get that taste

  5. Teri


    There is mustard powder in it–maybe Dad used too much? Or maybe Liz just secretly knew there was mustard powder and pretended not to like it.

    I know it’s not as good as fresh, but you have to admit, this was better re-warmed than anything from a box would’ve been.

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