Alton Brown’s Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

As I’ve mentioned many times before, Alton Brown is one of my absolute favorites. Hubby and I have been trying to make more recipes from my autographed copy of his latest cookbook. I love all the extra information provided in the cookbook about the episodes and recipes.

I was looking for a great mac and cheese recipe and instantly remembered the episode For Whom the Cheese Melts 2. I turned to my cookbook and found the recipe. He made a baked mac and cheese and a stovetop version. I opted for the stovetop version.

The next step was to set out to choose some cheeses to use in the mac and cheese. I didn’t want to use just plain old cheddar. I ended up using a mix of sharp cheddar, monteray jack, fontina, and gruyere cheese. The combination was fantastic.

I doubled the recipe so I could use a whole can of evaporated milk and a full box of macaroni noodles. This is my kind of mac and cheese – ooey, gooey, and super cheesey. Of course I could only eat a couple bites because of my lactose intolerance, but those few bites were delicious.

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Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Yield: 6-8


1/2 pound elbow macaroni
4 Tbsp butter
2 eggs
6 oz evaporated milk
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp kosher salt
Fresh black pepper
3/4 tsp dry mustard
10 oz sharp cheddar, shredded - I used a combination of sharp cheddar, monteray jack, fontina, and gruyer


In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente and drain. Return to the pot and melt in the butter. Toss to coat.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and mustard. Stir into the pasta and add the cheese. Over low heat continue to stir for 3 minutes or until creamy.

Recipe adapted from Alton Brown

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13 Responses to “Best Dang Thing EVER Bars”

  1. #
    HoneyB — September 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    This is a great post and I love that you and your sister made these together! You know its a favorite when you can make a recipe from memory! Thanks for participating 🙂

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    Laura — September 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Awesome bars! You and your sister sound like me and my sister, so I loved this post extra for that. Great submission, thanks for participating.

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    Colleen — September 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Yum, these look SO good! And fairly easy – I will be making them soon!

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    stephchows — September 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Love the story that goes with these 🙂 family recipes are the best!

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    Katie — September 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    OH YUM!! Those look so freakign gooooood!!

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    The American Homemaker — September 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Those look great!!!!!!!!!! MMmmmmm

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    Ingrid — September 9, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I suppose if you were fond of chocolate they would be the best dang thing. I’d like the blonde version of this instead. 🙂

    You almost make me wish I had a sister instead of six brothers, almost. 🙂

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites — September 10, 2009 at 3:46 am

    oh my neighbor makes these and they are SO good! Mmmm I’m wishing I had one right about now, thanks for sharing the recipe!

    (also glad you enjoyed the taquitos!)

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    Justin — September 11, 2009 at 12:07 am

    whoa, a whole pack of caramels? this sounds amazing

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    madebymel — September 11, 2009 at 12:46 am! I bet these really are the best dang thing ever! I can’t wait to make these to bring to work!

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    Karen - Mommy to four sweeties — September 18, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I wonder if these can be made with a plain chocolate cake mix since I don’t have a german chocolate one on hand.

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    Jen — September 20, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I would think any chocolate cake mix would work

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    fun size wife — February 25, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    These are close to the Pioneer Woman’s Knock You Naked Brownies except for the frosting. Thank goodness chocolate and caramel are legal!

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