Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese with Kale

Stove top mac & cheese sure resembles the blue boxed instant mac & cheese you can buy from the supermarket. As I could not resist blistering anything with cheese and pasta in the oven, I actually had a hard time not finishing off this dish in the oven. After all, it’s the natural thing to do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But if I did, it sort of defeats the purpose of being “stove top”. Not to mention, “stove top” the “It” mac & cheese of the moment.ย  I better keep up and stick with the program! Since I am on the “It” trend, I might as well add the “It” vegetable of the moment which is kale. (Okay some may think I have just ruined their mac & cheese dream with my kale touch, but since when is there no room for vegetables in comfort food?)

Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese with Kale

(tweaked very slightly from Marie’s recipe)

(Serves 3 to 4 people)


  • 200g (about 8 ounces) macaroni (I used San Remo brand macaroni)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour (about 60g/ 2 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt – you may want to omit this if using salted butter
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (8oz)
  • About 8 stalks of kale, finely shredded
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup toasted Panko/normal breadcrumbs *optional*

Let’s get started:

(1) Finely slice kale and chop garlic. Set aside. (2) Cook macaroni according to package directions in a large pot. Drained and set aside in a large bowl. (3) In the same pot (rinsed and dry), heat some olive oil and saute garlic untilย  it started to be aromatic. Add sliced kale and saute until slightly wilted. Remove the kale from the pot to the same bowl as the cooked macaroni. (4) In the same pot, melt butter over medium heat; stir in flour, salt and pepper; #Slowly add milk. (5) Cook and stir until bubble and no longer feels grainy, over low heat.ย  Stir in cheeseย  until smooth and creamy. (6) Add macaroni to cheese sauce. Stir until everything is well mixed. (7) *optional* In a small pan, toast some breadcrumbs until golden brown. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the macaroni and cheese just before serving.

# Slowly add milk – add about 1/2 cup first, stir until the milk is well combine and smooth with the flour-butter mixture and then add another 1/2 cup, stir to combine and add the remaining milk. This is important to avoid lumpiness in the sauce.

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26 thoughts on “Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese with Kale

  1. Wow — made this for a quick and easy meatless Monday and was super delicious. A great way to incorporate super veg into comfort food. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. I don’t think I have ever had Kale, but it looks pretty tasty in this dish. I think I shall have a crack at this…looks like good comfort food.

    • Kale is my favourite vegetable at the moment. It’s a shame that it is quite expensive…something like $4 a bunch in farmers market. But with your green thumb, I’m sure you’ll figure something out lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. oooh, before I rush off and make this…when do I add the cheddar? Into the sauce once the milk has done it’s thing?

      • Also when you add the macaroni and kale at the end, you may want to stir them off the heat… as once you add the cheese, the sauce thickens in warp speed. I like the sauce to be slightly runny…resembling the blue box mac & cheese

  4. I made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent! I cut it down to just one serving and it was such a simple recipe. Thanks a bunch, I’ll be making this again for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

    (By the way, I think you may have forgot to add when to add the cheese in the instructions!)

    • Hi Andrea,

      Glad to hear that you liked it! And thanks for letting me know about the missing step. ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great weekend. xx Emily

  5. This macaroni and cheese was so good! My family and I loved it and my kids (ages 1 and 3) ate the kale for the most part, which makes me so happy! I ended up using whole wheat elbow noodles, and it still tasted super good. Thanks for the recipe, I shared it in a recent meal plan on my blog

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