Easy Skillet Mac & Cheese

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

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Did you know that you can have delicious homemade made Mac & Cheese in under 20 minutes?  This recipe for Easy Skillet Mac & Cheese is one of my top easy recipes.

My family loves Mac & Cheese.  It’s one of those comfort foods they they just can’t get enough of. But my traditional mac and cheese recipe can be a little cumbersome.  After all, I have to make all of the components on the stove and then transfer it to a baking dish and bake it for 30 minutes.

I do have a few short cuts though.  I usually make a double batch and freeze one for a later meal.  That way, all I need to do it thaw it and bake it.  Easy peasy.

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However, I’m as impatient as they get.  So, I wanted a recipe that would be even easier and, more importantly, faster!

That’s where I came up with this version.  It’s the 20 minute, stove top version of my favorite mac and cheese recipe.

The key to this recipe is using good, quality ingredients.  I love Crystal Farms cheese.

I shred one cup of their mild cheddar for this recipe.  You can also use the pre-shredded type if you’re in a pinch (or just don’t feel like shredding cheese).

I top the whole thing with crispy Panko  bread crumbs and pop it under the broiler for a few minutes to get a nice golden brown crust.

It’s pure comfort food.

Easy Skillet Mac & Cheese

Yield: 6
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
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  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 oz process cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes (or 1 cup of any other type of shredded cheese)
  • 1 cup shredded Crystal Farms cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs


  • In a large pot, prepare pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in large oven proof skillet, melt 1/4 cup of butter over medium-low heat.
  • Add flour and stir for one minute until it starts to gets pasty.
  • Whisk in the milk.  Continue to cook over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally, until the milk begins to thicken — about 5 minutes.
  • Add cheese, salt and pepper and stir until cheese is melted.
  • Add cooked and drained pasta and stir to combine.
  • Melt 1/4 cup of butter and combine with Panko.
  • Stir until combined and spread on top of the prepared macaroni and cheese.
  • Preheat the broiler and place the skillet under the broiler until the bread crumbs turn golden brow.  This will only take a few minutes so keep an eye on it.
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4 thoughts on “Easy Skillet Mac & Cheese”

  1. Hi Chris,
    Have you ever used the Food Saver food storage bags while freezing the mac & cheese? I am wondering if I could then just pop in microwave or boiling water to defrost?


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