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Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Simple and satisfying, this stovetop mac and cheese is extra creamy thanks to evaporated milk and sharp cheddar cheese. A dash of hot sauce gives the gooey dish an extra kick.
This recipe first appeared in Season 5 of Good Eats.
Stovetop mac and cheese in a blue saucepan on a metal trivet.
ACTIVE TIME: 35 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pats
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for cooking the pasta
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese, about 3 1/2 cups


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then sprinkle in 1 tablespoon kosher salt. Add the pasta and cook to al dente, about 8 minutes, then drain. Return to the pot and add the butter. Stir until the butter has melted and coated the pasta.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, salt, mustard, hot sauce, and pepper. Stir into the pasta and add the cheese.
  • Set over low heat and stir until creamy, about 3 minutes. Serve.