Easy Stovetop Kale Mac and Cheese


Kale lovers—eat your heart out. This delicious stovetop mac and cheese pairs tender kale with creamy cheddar. Slideshow:  More Great Macaroni and Cheese Recipes 

Easy Stovetop Kale Mac and Cheese
Photo: © Todd Porter & Diane Cu
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 pound pasta, any kind

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 cups milk

  • 3 eggs, beaten

  • 20 ounces grated sharp cheddar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground smoked paprika

  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

  • 1 bunch kale, destemmed and chopped


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until it is al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water until it is completely cooled. Set aside.

  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Whisk in the milk, eggs, cheese, salt, ground mustard, paprika and black pepper. Stir in the kale. Continue to stir until the cheese is completely melted, and then cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.

  3. Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and cook for another minute or until the pasta is heated through. Serve warm.

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