A giant pot of gooey, stovetop mac and cheese is exactly what we need to get us through the final days winter. With just six simple ingredients, chances are you may already have everything on hand to make this this hearty meal. So go ahead and indulge in this creamy, dreamy dish.

Mac n Cheese recipe

And since everything tastes exponentially better with bacon, I’ve added a generous dose of the salty pork along with some chopped jalapeños for a variation you can’t resist.

Extra cheese mac n cheese recipe

Stovetop Macaron and Cheese

Ingredients:
4 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp cornstarch
2 cups milk
1/2 Gruyere, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups macaroni noodles or elbow noodles

Directions:
1. Cook noodles to al dente according to package directions.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add cornstarch and stir with a wooden spoon until you have a lump-free paste. Continue to stir for 1-2 minutes. This will help cook out that raw cornstarch taste.
3. Slowly add milk while whisking constantly. Simmer until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Add Gruyere and stir until melted.
4. Add drained cooked noodles to cheese mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Bacon Mac N Cheese recipe 1

Bacon Jalapeño Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:
4 butter
4 Tbsp cornstarch
2 cups milk
1/2 Gruyere, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups macaroni noodles or elbow noodles
5 to 6 strips of thick-cut bacon, chopped
2 jalapenos, sliced or chopped

Directions:
1. Cook noodles to al dente according to package directions.
2. Cook bacon until desired tenderness. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add cornstarch and stir with a wooden spoon until you have a lump-free paste. Continue to stir for a minute or two. This will help cook out that raw cornstarch taste.
4. Slowly add milk while whisking constantly. Simmer until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Add gruyere and stir until melted.
5. Add drained cooked noodles to cheese mixture.
6. Stir in bacon and chopped jalapeno. Add salt and pepper to taste.

BonnieMo Bonnie Mo is a Toronto-based editor and the face behind Food Network Canada’s 1 Dish, 2 Ways column. She’s also a contributing editor over at slice.ca. For more recipe ideas, visit bonniemo.ca, or catch her on Instagram @bonniemo