Easy Skillet Mac & Cheese

An easy skillet mac & cheese. This one is easy to change up, too.

This simple Mac & Cheese recipe is oh so good, and oh so adaptable to your particular tastes. We had this for dinner last night for the 15th time (because when you write a blog post about a recipe, you instantly crave it!) and it was so yummy.

I’ve adapted this original recipe from Just a Taste, but have definitely made this original recipe a few times, without modification, and it’s really good too! You can’t go wrong.

But each time I’ve made this, I’ve cooked it in my cast iron skillet. And that’s been the game changer. Once the macaroni is covered in the cheese sauce, I stick it under the broiler (at 400F) for about 10 minutes to get the top nice and browned. I have even added some bread crumbs before sticking it in the oven for extra crunch. YUM!

An easy skillet mac & cheese. This one is easy to change up, too.

A note on portions. The recipe, as is, makes a ton of food! I’ve successfully halved this recipe and it’s just the right amount of food for us, plus a smidge for leftovers.

Some additions I’ve mixed in at various times with DELICIOUS success:

Diced Onions and Garlic

Caramelized Onions (a little extra effort, but OH so good!)

Sun-dried Tomatoes (1/4 cup; halve if halving whole recipe)

Bread Crumbs (1/4 cup; halve if halving whole recipe)

Smoked Cheddar for some of the Sharp Cheddar

Fresh Basil

Wilted Fresh Spinach



So when I say that this recipe is REALLY adaptable, I mean it!

Are you a big Mac & Cheese fan like me? Favorite additions to your “cheesy noodles”? Let me know!

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    • Katie @ Cup of Tea says:

      They are all so yummy! An easy way to elevate this to “fancy” 😉 Although last night we had it plain Jane and it was still so yummy!

  1. Michelle says:

    We are Mac and cheese fans over here. Skillet, baked, mixed, even cold. We eat it. I don’t have a cast iron skillet, fancy cooktop won’t allow it, but I’m sure I can figure out how to get it broiled on top. That I’ve never tried before. I like all your add-ins too. We add peas all the time, especially when the grands come so they get the veggies in there. This looks so yummy. Thank you for bringing it to my party today. Now I want to go make some.

    • Katie @ Cup of Tea says:

      Fancy cooktop?? Do tell! We have an induction cooktop and thankfully the cast iron skillet works. But it’s a picky cook top!

  2. Jean says:

    Katie, I just came over from your comment at another blog. I love a good macaroni and cheese! And baking it in the cast iron skillet makes it extra good AND extra “Southern.” It’s “my cup of tea,” too (and so is an actual cup of tea!).

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