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Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is comfort food at its finest. Nothing beats homemade!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade macaroni and cheese, skillet macaroni and cheese, skillet macaroni and cheese recipe
Servings: 8 servings



  • 1 box elbow macaroni (1 lb)
  • 2-1/2 tsp sea salt for water
  • 4-6 quarts of water

Cheese Sauce

  • 6 tbsp real butter
  • 6 tbsp unbleached flour
  • 3 cups of whole milk
  • 3/4 cup half-n-half
  • 1 tsp sea salt or pink salt add more salt if needed
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper add more if needed for taste
  • A couple dashes of nutmeg only if you are using the white cheese that is suggested.
  • 2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar
  • 2 cups shredded gruyere cheese


  • 1-1/2 cups bread crumbs Italian panko is what I used. If using plain panko add some salt and pepper.
  • 4 tbsp real butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley for topping and 1 tbsp reserved for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Grate cheese and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil.
  • Boil pasta according to directions on box decreasing the time by about 2 min to assure you pasta is slightly undercooked.
  • Strain pasta, and return to the pot.
  • In a small skillet over medium heat add 2 tbsp butter and bread crumbs.
  • Stir for 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn off heat stir in 1 tbsp fresh parsley. Set aside.
  • In your cast iron skillet over medium heat melt the 6 tbsp of butter until bubbly.
  • Whisk in flour and until completely incorporated.
  • Whisk in milk and half-n-half.
  • Continue to stir until the mixture becomes thick and bubbly.
  • Once mixture is thick, lower heat, and stir in salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  • Stir in cheese until melted.
  • Pour cheese mix over strained pasta, and mix well.
  • Pour back into Iron skillet.
  • Sprinkle bread crumb topping on.
  • Place in oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • When it's finished baking, I like to place under broiler on hi for 2-3 min.
  • When it comes out of the oven, garnish with remanding fresh parsley.


If you would like to make this with cheddar cheese eliminate the nutmeg.