Herbed Stovetop Mac and Cheese

The easiest upgraded herbed stovetop mac and cheese. Full of rich flavor from caramelized shallots, garlic, and hearty winter herbs. Plus of course lots of white cheddar and parmesan cheese. It comes together in just 20 minutes and could not be dreamier. Perfect as a holiday side dish or a simple weeknight meal!

Herbed Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Le Creuset Giveaway

Welcome to the third annual WEEK OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAYS! It’s the best week of the year, with a new giveaway each day and plenty of new (very delicious) holiday recipes. Just what we need to get in the Christmas spirit! I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite brands whose products I use in my kitchen to make beautiful meals all year long. We’ll be giving away some very exciting gifts to you as a way of saying thank you for all of your support this year.

Kicked things off over on Instagram yesterday for the first giveaway which you’ll find here! Today, moving on to one of my most loved kitchen pieces – a Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I have a couple of sizes and use them each and every week for just about EVERYTHING (think big batches of soups, pasta sauces, braised meats, stews and curries, random one-pot dinners, etc).

And of course, it’s absolutely necessary to make this decadent herbed stovetop mac and cheese.

Herbed Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Herbed Stovetop Mac and Cheese

I’d say mac and cheese is the all-around perfect December recipe. It’s a great Christmas side dish, but also doubles as the easiest, coziest weeknight dinner for all the nights leading up to the holiday.

This herbed stovetop mac and cheese is a simple process, but the recipe packs in so much good flavor. The secret touch is letting the milk simmer with fresh sprigs of woodsy herbs as it thickens. The herbs infuse all of their warm, intoxicating flavor and really makes this a special mac and cheese.

Since it’s such a fast recipe, you’ll want to have everything prepped and ready to go before you start cooking – shallots sliced, garlic minced, cheddar shredded, etc. Trust me, it’s one of those recipes that moves quickly from step to step.

The finished result? A big pot of very creamy, very cheesy, very herby mac and cheese that’d be best served simply with some roast chicken or a steak and maybe a big salad alongside.

Herbed Stovetop Mac and Cheese

giveaway details

For all the details on how to enter the first giveaway, head over to Instagram. We’ll be giving away a 5½ qt Le Creuset Dutch Oven in the color of your choice to one lucky winner (for all your upcoming mac and cheese nights!). For a bonus entry, make sure to leave a comment on this blog post below!

And stay tuned for the next giveaway tomorrow!


Herbed Stovetop Mac and Cheese

a simple herbed stovetop mac and cheese with caramelized shallots, garlic, white cheddar, parmesan, and lots of hearty herbs

servings: 4-6


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 qt whole milk
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 lb short pasta (i used “pipe rigate”)
  • 1 lb white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, heat a 5 ½ qt Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Once hot, at the shallots. Saute for a few minutes until golden brown, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
  2. Add the butter. Once melted, whisk in the flour. Whisk for 30 seconds to cook out the flour. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking continuously. Add the herb sprigs and more black pepper. Bring the milk to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 6-8 minutes until slightly thickened, stirring often.
  3. Meanwhile, drop the pasta into the boiling water, stir well, and cook for 1 minute less than the package’s instructions.
  4. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Stir well to coat. Add the cheddar and parmesan cheeses. Stir over low heat until all of the cheese has melted and the sauce is super creamy. Lastly, stir in the parsley. Taste and season with more salt if needed.
  5. Serve the mac and cheese immediately and top with more freshly cracked black pepper.

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494 thoughts on “Herbed Stovetop Mac and Cheese

  1. I’ve been looking for the perfect Mac and cheese recipe for Christmas this year and I think I just found it! Can’t wait to try. Will report back!

  2. I am so excited to have found your page I am going to start tonight making one of your recipes everything looks so good I’ll come back and let you know what I made!!!

  3. Looks yummy! Do you find that using only cheddar and Parmesan gives it a grainy texture? I ask because it’s happened to me in the past and I’m not sure how to avoid it! Usually I add some kind of semi soft cheese to make it creamier. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts ?

  4. I actually tried cooking Mac and cheese in my current Le Creuset model dutch oven (it’s a dual purpose one) for the first time for Thanksgiving. Now that I have discovered this recipe and your site, I will definitely be trying more!

  5. Wow! The addition of the herbs is such a new twist, my mouth is watering. My boyfriend claims to be a mac and cheese guru but he may have some competition ?

  6. Loving this cheesy goodness! I have dreamt of my very own Dutch oven for years now, and would most definitely fill it with cheesy things!

  7. Yumm, I may try this. I’m just learning to love to cook and one thing has taken a while for me to get is cookware matters! Sometimes it’s hard to splurge on good cookware, I plan on building a wonderful collection by the end of my days;)

  8. Brilliant! The flavor combo of shallots, garlic, herbs to a classic Mac n cheese??! Yes, please! Will definitely be making this.. and maybe eating the whole pot ?

  9. Umm yum!!! That looks super delish. I need to get a pot bigger than my pot-that-came-in-a-set-and-can-barely-hold-4qts . Can’t wait to try this!

  10. Holy moly this looks heavenly and is going on my recipe list ASAP to make this upcoming week!!! Can’t wait to try this deliciousness!!!

  11. Looks amazing! Can almost smell it through the phone. Would love to try this in a new Le Creuset, it would be my first!

  12. This Grandmommy is always looking for new pasta recipes for my grandchildren! They will love this one! Thank you @ TOD and LeCreuset

  13. This is probably the best stovetop mac and cheese I’ve ever made. Such an amazing depth of flavor and so simple too!!

  14. This sounds amazing – and like something the entire family will eat without someone complaining, lol! Such a easy, cozy, comfort meal.

  15. OMG, what a great spin with the shallot and herbs on Mac and cheese!! Can’t wait to try this!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  16. My go to Mac and cheese is Alex Guarnaschelli’s, but this looks amazing and I think I’m going to have to try it!

  17. I will definitely be delaying my low carb life until after I make this. I don’t own a Le Crueset Dutch oven yet, but, it’s going to happen! My Le Crueset braiser needs some company.

  18. The Mac and cheese sounds delicious!! In a Le Creuset Dutch oven, it sounds even better and easier!! I can’t wait to try! And even add and change a few things!

  19. My mouth is watering reading this! Definitely adding it to the menu for the week. Can’t wait to try it! Happy Holidays!

    1. This looks delicious! For pasta recipes I’ve been recently substituting with gluten free pasta to be healthier, and still get the same amazing taste !

  20. I don’t know WHY I’ve never considered putting sage & thyme in my Mac and cheese! This sounds and looks so yummy!

  21. This recipe is giving me the stay home and snuggle vibes while snacking on it all throughout the day and night. It’s a thing, I promise! ?

  22. This recipe looks absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to try this out!!!im so excited to try this I feel my taste buds watering!!!

  23. This looks delicious! Mac and cheese is my favorite food in the world. Definitely going to have to try this recipe before the year is upz

  24. This looks like the ultimate comfort food! I’d love to try a baked version with breadcrumbs on top too, and love that you can do that in the le creuset! I can’t wait to own one one day.

  25. Omg this looks delicious! Actually just discovered this shape of pasta yesterday! Also entering the giveaway!! Fingers crossed ??

  26. This looks so delicious, I can’t wait to try it. I also sent it to all my friends. Thank you for a recipe for an old favorite.

  27. Just need to pick up the fresh herbs and then I’ll have all the ingredients on hand. I’m going to Love digging into this dish!!!

  28. Really love infusing the bechamel with herbs – never thought to do this but SUCH a smart and easy way to build flavor from the ground up. Can’t wait to try this!

  29. Just bought ingredients of what I thought would make a good Mac and cheese recipe. Now I know I have them all and going to make this! Comfort for the soul! In winter!! In a pandemic!!!

  30. This is looks like such a gouda use of fresh herbs. Would be a gruyerey cozy winter dish. Brie what I did there? Can’t wait to try.

  31. 11:09pm on a Wednesday is a really inconvenient time for my stomach to suddenly start growling..! This looks absolutely diviiiiine!

  32. This on a Sunday with football on the TV, the tree up, fireplace going…Amidst a tough year, it’s hard to complain in that setting. Delicious dish!

  33. Oh my gosh this looks drool worthy! ?Totally down for some comforting Mac n cheese in the middle of winter!

  34. I’ve never cooked with a pan like that but I really want to someday!! This looks awesome. Can use it for so many things!

    1. This looks incredible! I love Mac’n’cheese so much. This is definitely a step up from the boxed kind I often make. Can’t wait to try!

  35. This looks absolutely incredible!!!! Herbed cheesy goodness and looks even better in that AWESOME Dutch oven!!!!

  36. I have been searching for a great stove top mac forever!!! The kid in me craves the cheesy goodness of childhood when that blue box was king! This looks like the adult version of those dreams..Can’t wait to make tomorrow!! Yummy 🙂

  37. This looks very yum! I grew up not ever having Mac and cheese, but with my own two kids now, I’m always looking for a great recipe!

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