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Stovetop Mac & Three Cheese

This easy stovetop mac and three cheese is the perfect side dish for dinner during the week or weekend. Perfect for everyone in the family especially the kids!

Course Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword 3 cheese, dinner recipes, family dinner, kid friendly, kid friendly recipes, mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese, one pot, side dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author jamiesondiaries


  • 3 cups Elbow Macaroni dry measurement
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese mild or sharp
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Adobo
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion (diced) *optional*


  1. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and butter to the pan.

  2. Once melted add minced garlic and diced sweet onions. Stir until translucent (about 2-3 minutes)

  3. Add the flour to the pan and quickly whisk the flour into the garlic and onion mixture for a few seconds. Now add the chicken stock and stir to well combine the ingredients.

  4. Pour the milk in and stir/whisk until there are no flour clumps. Add the Italian seasoning, onion powder, paprika, abobo, sea salt and black pepper to the milk mixture. Stir consistently.

  5. Once the milk mixture starts to boil add the elbow macaroni to the mixture. Stir to evenly distribute the elbow macaroni in the pot.

    stovetop mac & 3 cheese
  6. Keep stirring until the elbow macaroni softens and the sauce thickens up. For about 5-7 minutes.

  7. Once the elbow macaroni is soft enough add the cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese to the pan. Stir well to evenly mix the cheese into the macaroni.

  8. Add any additonal salt or pepper you desire if necessary to the dish.

  9. Serve and enjoy!