Old Fashioned Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Colder weather means comfort food. And I can’t think of a meal more comforting than good Old Fashioned Skillet Macaroni and Cheese!
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Look At That Crispy Top and Those Browned Edges!

So let’s just agree straight out of the gate that those boxed substitutes made with orange powder just can’t come close to the real thing! This Mac and Cheese is made with whole milk and sharp cheddar cheese, then baked in the oven to crispy perfection. You just can’t get that from a box.

Old Fashioned Skillet Macaroni and Cheese!

Swoon. Sigh. Drool.

The great thing about a skillet mac and cheese is that the bottom and edges get crispy too, not just the top! But you can also bake this in a baking dish if you don’t have a skillet.

Old Fashioned Skillet Macaroni and Cheese!

The Recipe: Old Fashioned Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Tips and what you will need: a large skillet and a good whisk is just about all you need!

5 from 3 votes
Old Fashioned Skillet Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
This mac and cheese can be made in a skillet or a 9x13 baking dish.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
  • 16 oz macaroni or whatever curly pasta you choose cooked to package instructions
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 5 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place rack in center position
  2. Start water to boil and cook pasta to package instructions
  3. While water heats, grate cheddar and slice onions
  4. Place milk in a small pot on medium heat to warm
  5. In skillet melt butter on med/high. If not using a skillet melt in a medium sized pot
  6. When butter is melted add a 1/4 cup green onions and sauté for 2 minutes
  7. Add flour and whisk until smooth about one minute. This is a roux. A roux thickens your cheese sauce
  8. Slowly pour warm milk into roux with one hand while whisking with the other
  9. Add 4 cups cheese one handful at a time whisking between additions (reserving one cup of cheese for later)
  10. Whisk until all cheese is melted and sauce is smooth
  11. Season with salt and pepper
  12. When pasta is ready (do not overcook!) add to skillet with cheese sauce and stir until well incorporated. (If baking in a baking dish, pour pasta into baking dish and then pour cheese sauce over)
  13. Top with remaining cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is crispy
  14. Garnish with remaining green onions, serve


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12 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Mmm, this is one of our favorite dishes to make when we want something warm and comforting! Sometimes we brown up some ground beef and add it for a homemade hamburger helper-type meal! Super easy!

  2. Single, hungry guy here. Your recipes look great – simple, easy, and delicious. I can’t wait to try out the baked mac and cheese on my kids. I do have one idea for you. I heard this on the radio – The Splendid Table Show. Since then, I’ve made it a bunch of times. It’s fabulous, easy, real cheese, mac&cheese. You start by cooking your pasta like you normally would. Then reserve about a cup of the boiling pasta water when you go to drain it. The pasta goes into a bowl with the grated cheese of your choice on top. I like sharp cheddar and maybe some ricotta. Then slowly, pour the pasta water over the cheese and stir it in. The heat from the boiling water melts the cheese and the residual starches from the pasta serve to thicken the cheese sauce. And you can dress it or add to it however you like. It’s simple. It’s quick. My kids love it.

  3. 5 stars
    Hi there. I was wondering how many oz of cheese would be 5 cups of cheddar as I only have an 16 oz block on hand. :/ Thank you!

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