Dec 12 2010 You may not think there's much of a difference between stovetop and baked macaroni and cheese, but really, there is! The stovetop version, like the childhood classic from the blue box, is wonderfully creamy. Oven-baked macaroni and cheese, on the other hand, has an addictive cheesy and crispy topping. I like my mac and cheese piping hot from the oven. How about you?