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Scoop of skillet mac and cheese on a small white round plate. Plate resting on a blue and white striped cloth napkin.

Skillet Mac and Cheese

Whether you're looking for a weeknight or holiday recipe, this Skillet Mac and Cheese is sure to become a fast favorite. Creamy, flavorful cheese sauce, tender pasta and a crispy top and edges.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword skillet mac and cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Meghan Payne-Hensley


  • 12 ounces short cut pasta
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water than add the pasta. Cook 1 minute less than package directions.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat in a 10 or 12-inch cast iron skillet. Once melted, sprinkle in flour. Whisk and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in half the milk. Bring to a simmer and allow to thicken slightly. Add remaining milk and cook until thickened. Add Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Whisk well. Remove from heat.
  • In a bowl, combine the shredded cheeses. Set one cup of cheese aside. Add remaining cheese to the cast iron skillet and stir to melt.
  • Drain pasta (don't rinse) then stir into the cheese sauce in the cast iron skillet. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with panko bread crumbs. Bake for 15 minutes.