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Three Cheese Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Three cheese stovetop mac and cheese is a real indulgence you can whip up quickly and enjoy by itself or with a simple salad. Thank goodness for a dish even picky eaters will enjoy!

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a pan of stovetop mac and cheese with a milk bottle and shredded cheese on the side

I’ve had a new mac and cheese on my recipe plan for awhile. My baked macaroni and cheese is my most requested recipe and cooler weather is a great time to throw this super creamy three cheese stovetop mac and cheese version out there.

This one is just as tasty, but doesn’t require baking. Just whip up the cheese sauce and mix in cooked pasta. Easy as that.

What goes well with stovetop mac and cheese?

It’s best to balance the richness and starch of the pasta with lighter dishes, green vegetables or a hearty protein. Try:

a skillet of macaroni and cheese with a spoon resting in the center

There’s even more macaroni and cheese to love! Make these next:

a pan of stovetop mac and cheese with a milk bottle and shredded cheese on the side

Creamy Three Cheese Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Super creamy, warm and full of flavor this easy three-cheese macaroni and cheese will be on the table in a flash.
4.7 from 13 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard


  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup 2% or whole milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half or you can use more whole or 2% milk in its place
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Colby cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 ounces cream cheese cut into cubes, 1/4 of a block
  • Salt and pepper


  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil for the pasta.
  • Add in the pasta and cook until al dente–check your box for the right time, usually about 10-12 minutes. Don’t overcook it. Set aside and start the sauce.
  • In a separate medium saucepan or skillet, melt the butter and add the flour. Cook on medium heat one minute until the flour browns just slightly.
  • Add the milk and half and half (if using), and a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Cook until thickened and starting to bubble; about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the mustard and stir to combine followed by the cheddar and Colby cheeses.
  • Stir until the cheese melts.
  • Add the pasta, and toss.
  • Add in the cream cheese and stir until the cubes melt and the sauce is completely smooth.
  • Serve hot.


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 643IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 284mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating


Wednesday 8th of September 2021

it is very good, but needs more cheese.

Rachel Ballard

Friday 10th of September 2021

Oh Claire, are you sure? It's got an awful lot in it already! What would you add? --Rachel

Marie Lafontaine

Saturday 4th of September 2021

I wonder if I could use the the sauce for a base for Broccoli and Rice bake. Maybe a little onion or shallots and garlic sauted with the butter first?

Rachel Ballard

Saturday 4th of September 2021

I'm sure you could! It's very versatile. Try it and let me know how it turns out Marie! --Rachel

C Ortiz

Thursday 24th of December 2020

Yuk! Please REMOVE the CREAM CHEESE from this recipe! Please! And, it was way too THICK!

Alyshia Rodriguez

Tuesday 30th of March 2021

@Rachel Ballard, I'm living in Australia now and velveeta isn't here. So, honestly this comment makes me happy because my mum made such good mac and cheese with that when I was little ?

Rachel Ballard

Friday 25th of December 2020

It's too rich for me too but some people really, really like it. I think it gives them that Velveeta vibe. --Rachel

Cynthia Roach

Thursday 28th of November 2019

I made this recipe for Thanksgiving which happened to also be my husband's Birthday. It was a huge success. We all loved it. I added bacon. I made it earlier in the day and then baked it to reheat. Delicious!!


Monday 30th of September 2019

It was very cheesy for my taste buds. It’s not the best but it was good. I followed the recipe the way it was written .

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