The Creamiest Macaroni & Cheese Recipe Ever (One Pot, 20 Minutes) by 30Seconds Food

The Creamiest Macaroni & Cheese Recipe Ever (One Pot, 20 Minutes)

Macaroni and cheese is one dish that most people can agree on. It's creamy, cheesy, filling and downright craveable. If you like your macaroni and cheese creamy – we mean really creamy – here is your new favorite recipe.

This creamy macaroni and cheese recipe has a secret ingredient that adds extra creaminess: cream cheese. Not only does it have a secret ingredient, but it cooks in one pot and is ready to serve in about 20 minutes. To make this stovetop mac and cheese recipe you will need elbow macaroni, butter, flour, heavy cream, sharp cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese and cream cheese.

Serve this mac and cheese for lunch or as a side dish with dinner. The holidays are fast approaching, so add this to your Thanksgiving menu options.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked to al dente according to package directions
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese

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Recipe Notes

  • For the creamiest macaroni and cheese, serve immediately.
  • If you like to bake your macaroni and cheese, pour it into a baking dish, top with more shredded cheese and bake at 350 degrees F until the top begins to lightly brown.
  • You could use mild cheddar cheese for this recipe if you don't enjoy sharp cheddar.
  • Freshly grated cheese melts better than pre-shredded cheese, so grate fresh if you can.
  • Try this recipe with any short pasta.

Here's how to make it: 

  • Melt the butter in the pot you cooked the pasta in over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Slowly add the cream, whisking, until smooth. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the cheddar, mozzarella and cream cheese. Season with salt and pepper. to taste. Stir until melted and combined. 
  • Add the cooked pasta and stir to coat. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 472

Total Fat: 32.1g

Saturated Fat: 19.9g

Cholesterol: 106mg

Sodium: 255mg

Total Carbohydrate: 32g

Dietary Fiber: 1.3g

Total Sugars: 1.2g

Protein: 14.1g

Vitamin D: 27mcg

Calcium: 248mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 157mg

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Elisa Schmitz
Super creamy mac and cheese is one of the best comfort foods ever. This looks delish!
The creamier the better.

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