Creamy Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese

Creamy Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese

I love macaroni & cheese. There is something about gooey, creamy cheese over lots of carb-y pasta that makes my mouth water. I’ve been looking for a blog-worthy macaroni and cheese recipes for a while now, but I had yet to test one that really made my taste buds jump for joy…until now. You’ve probably noticed that I often use 2% reduced fat cheeses in my recipes, but when it comes to mac & cheese it’s worth it to me to go all out and use the real thing. I’ve been working on a separate recipe for Wisconsin Cheese (coming in October!) and I bought a block of Black Diamond Vintage Reserved Aged Five Years Cheddar for it and used the leftovers in this dish. It is amazing. The more a cheddar is aged, the sharper and more flavorful it becomes. Using a cheese like this is perfect because it packs so much flavor that you can get a lot from a little.

This Creamy Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese recipe was creamy, filling, flavorful and incredibly satisfying. It was just as easy to make as the kind you buy in the box and infinitely tastier. Now that is comfort food!

Creamy Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese

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Creamy Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese

Yield: 4 (rounded ¾ cup) servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry wheat macaroni OR other small-ish pasta
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • generous dash of nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated cheese (Pick something strong and flavorful to maximize the taste – the better quality the cheese, the better your dish will be! I used Black Diamond Vintage Reserved Aged Five Years Cheddar Cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons seasoned bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Place the dry pasta in a colander and run it under water quickly to rinse. Let drain.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the uncooked pasta, milk, salt, mustard powder and nutmeg and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Make sure to stir frequently and stay near the stove during this step – milk goes from simmer to boil very quickly and can overflow if not watched! Once the mixture is simmering, turn the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until milk is absorbed and macaroni is fully cooked.
  3. Add grated cheese and stir into pasta. Turn off burner heat and cover saucepan. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
  4. Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and add bread crumbs. Toast bread crumbs, stirring occasionally for a few minutes until browned.
  5. Split  macaroni & cheese into 4 bowls and sprinkle two teaspoons of toasted bread crumbs onto each serving. Enjoy!

MyWW SmartPoints per (rounded 3/4 cup) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Green: 11 SmartPoints/ Blue: 11 SmartPoints/ Purple: 6 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
9 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
384 calories, 53 g carbs, 2 g sugars, 11 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 19 g protein, 5 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

adapted from White on Rice Couple