Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe (Stovetop & Baked)


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Mac and Cheese Recipe

Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe (Stovetop & Baked)

Mac and cheese recipe is the ultimate comfort food, loved by children and adults. Whether feeling low or celebrating a special occasion, mac and cheese always makes you feel better. While boxed versions are convenient, there's something truly special about making them from scratch. In this blog, we'll explore the world of homemade mac and cheese, sharing a stovetop recipe from Hunan at Home to elevate your comfort food game to new heights.

We'll explore step-by-step instructions, cheese combinations, and flavour variations, customisation to create the perfect mac and cheese recipe for any occasion. Let's get started!

About Mac and Cheese Recipe

The macaroni and cheese recipe is a glorious combination of creamy pasta and melty cheese and has a surprisingly rich history. It's a dish that's been enjoyed for centuries, evolving from simple beginnings to the endless variations we know and love today.

Homemade Mac and Cheese Ingredients

These are the ingredients you will need to make the best mac and cheese recipe.

1. Elbow Pasta: Macaroni is a type of pasta shaped like a narrow tube or curved tube. It is made from durum wheat, and the curved tube is called elbow macaroni, the one which I used here to make the mac and cheese recipe. 

2. Cheddar Cheese: Made from cow’s milk, Cheddar chees offer a strong and sharp flavour to your food. It helps in providing a rich look and enhanced taste to your recipes.

3. Parmesan Cheese: Parmesan is an Italian cheese made from cow’s milk. It is highly nutritious. It’s rich in protein, ready-to-use fat, and nutrients that support bone health.

4. Butter: Butter works as a flavour chamber for cooking. It complements and enhances the flavour of your food.

5. Flour: Flour is an essential ingredient in making mac and cheese recipes, particularly in making the sauce velvety and smooth.

Ingredients Used for Mac and Cheese Recipe

  1. 400 gms of Elbow Pasta 
  2. 1 litre Milk
  3. 250 grams Cheddar
  4. 80 gms Parmesan
  5. 3 tablespoons Butter
  6. 3 tablespoons Flour
  7. Hunan Sichuan Chilli Paste Stir Fry Sauce
  8. 1 teaspoon onion powder & garlic powder

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45-Minute Mac and Cheese Recipe

Preparation Time - 20 Minutes 

Cooking Time - 20 Minutes 

Total Time - 40 Minutes 

How to Make Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This easy Mac and cheese recipe can be made either from a stove top or you can bake it to achieve melty and creamy perfection. Either of the options is enjoyable, choose the one comfortable to you.

Step 1: In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

Step 2: Once the butter is melted, stir in the flour to form a thick mixture, cooking for about 1-2 minutes until it turns a light golden colour.

Step 3: Gradually add in the milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps and ensure a smooth consistency.

Step 4: Add Hunan Sichuan chilli paste, onion and garlic powder to the saucepan, stirring to incorporate the flavours.

Step 5: Take a pinch of salt and black pepper and sprinkle them into the sauce to enhance the taste.

Step 6: Allow the sauce to simmer for around 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens to your desired consistency.

Step 7: Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a separate pot of salted boiling water until soft, following the instructions.

Step 8: Once the sauce has thickened, turn off the heat and stir with the cheddar cheese and half of the parmesan cheese until melted and smooth.

Step 9: Mix in additional salt and pepper to taste, adjusting the seasoning as desired for flavour.

Step 10: Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the sauce, stirring until the pasta is evenly coated in the creamy cheese sauce.

Step 11: Transfer the mac and cheese to serving bowls or plates, and top with the remaining parmesan cheese or any other cheese of your choice.

Step 12: Serve the stovetop mac and cheese recipe, and if desired, accompany it with Hunan hot sauce or extra chilli paste.

Enjoy your deliciously creamy and flavourful stovetop mac and cheese recipe!

How To Bake This Mac and Cheese Recipe?

The above steps are convenient for preparing the creamy mac and cheese recipe, but if you want an extra crispy and bubbly texture, then try the baked mac and cheese recipe. 

To do so, complete all the steps and add toppings such as breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F(177⁰C) for about 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown or bubbling.

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Variations and Customisation for Mac and Cheese Recipe

Mac and Cheese is a versatile dish and there are plenty of variations you can try to take the recipe to the next level. Here are some tips:

  • Add a pinch of pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to enhance the flavour.
  • Mix in cooked bacon or ham for a smoky flavour.
  • Experiment with different cheeses like Gruyere, Fontina, or Monterey Jack or mix cheeses to bring unique flavour..
  • Add veggies like broccoli, peas, or spinach for a pop of colour and nutrients.

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How to Serve Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

There are several ways to serve mac and cheese recipe and mostly it depends on your personal preference and occasion. Here are some cool options:

1. Pair your mac and cheese with a crisp green salad dressed with vinaigrette for a refreshing contrast. 

2. Alternatively, serve it alongside a hearty bowl of tomato soup for the ultimate comfort food feast. 

3. Don't forget a glass of your favourite beverage to wash it all down!

How to Store Homemade Mac and Cheese

Storing the macaroni and cheese recipe is crucial to preserve the flavour. Here are some important procedures to follow:

1. Any leftovers of the Mac and cheese recipe should be tightly wrapped or kept in an air-tight container and stored in the fridge for 4 days.

2. The best way to reheat the leftover mac and cheese is on the stove. You can add milk while stirring to make the pasta creamy again.

3. You can also reheat the mac and cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds until it is served warm.


Mac and cheese recipe stands as a timeless classic offering comfort and satisfaction with every bite. Whether cooked on the stove or baked for perfection, it never fails to delight us. The mac and cheese recipe from Hunan at Home is easy to make and great to serve as a side dish, at a party or just about any other important occasion.

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