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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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
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: 365kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 14gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 276mgPotassium: 191mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 643IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 284mgIron: 1mg
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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  1. Is there something I can use instead of mustard, we have mustard intolerances in my household as well as just a dislike for it. I would usually simply omit if but do you think there is something it can be replaced with?

  2. Can I cook this the same way but instead in a crockpot so I ca serve it to people the next day? or should I cook it in a saucepan first and then put it in a crockpot to keep warm for the next day? what do you reccomend?

    1. Hey Adriana, No I wouldn’t cook this then serve it the next day. It will dry out really badly and the pasta will be really squishy. You could make it the same day and move it to a crock pot for an hour or two to keep warm though. It will still thicken (you can add a splash of milk before serving and stir it in well) and the pasta will probably be very soft but if you don’t mind that then it’s okay. I know stove and oven space can be hard to manage sometimes. Either way, it needs to be baked the same day it’s served. –Rachel

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Rachel Ballard, RN, BSN brings more than 20 years of professional nursing expertise to Feast and Farm. With a love for nutrient dense foods that support wellness, she works to distill complex health information and current trends into recipes that fuel the best version of yourself. Read more about Rachel here.