Serve up the worlds best cast iron macaroni and cheese. A soul-warming dish that will compliment any meal you whip up.
Cheesy, creamy and tender pasta in every bite of this macaroni and cheese recipe. If you love cooking in your cast iron this recipe is a must make.
Cast Iron Macaroni and Cheese
Boxed Mac and cheese can’t stand a chance up against this glorious macaroni recipe. The Cast Iron Pan is the key to make this golden top and heat your dish evenly.
How To Make Cast Iron Skillet Macaroni and Cheese
- Cook macaroni according to directions on the box.
- Melt butter and add flour and spices
- Pour in milk
- Cook on low till bubbly
- Add sour cream and cheese
- Add in macaroni
- Bake in oven
Best Cheese To Use
When you make macaroni and cheese you will find most cheese varieties will work. Or if you feel lucky do a mix of cheese blends.
The biggest thing is taking the time to hand shred your cheese. Buying bagged cheese can leave your Mac and cheese extra greasy.
Bagged cheese has stuff on the outside to prevent the slices from sticking. So it can change up the texture of your dish.
When to Serve Mac and Cheese
- Weeknight dinners
- Bring to a potluck
- Parties and family gatherings
For me Pasta is essential anytime and for any occasion. You will really enjoy this recipe.
Variations to Skillet Mac and Cheese
- Change up the cheese you use for new flavors.
- Toss in some broccoli for flavor and texture
- Stir in cooked chicken for a whole meal in one
- Top with crushed crackers, plain chips or seasoned breadcrumbs and toast up in oven
There are so many ways you can alter this recipe. No matter how you make it, I am sure it will be a success.
Best Style of Pasta To Use
Honestly, use any type of pasta you want or have on hand. Most of the time shells or elbow macaroni is what is picked.
But truly you can use any style of pasta you would like. Just make sure your pasta gets cooked properly to ensure it is cooked through.
How to Store Leftovers
If you have leftovers on this Mac and cheese recipe, simply store in an airtight container. Your side dish will store for around 4 days when stored properly.
You can reheat in the microwave or oven if you would like. If I reheat in the oven I tend to cover with foil to prevent the pasta and cheese mixture from drying out.
Can You Freeze Leftovers
I haven’t tried freezing this recipe. But due to the dairy used it will most likely curdle a bit when reheated from frozen.
You can also run into where pasta goes softer once reheated. So my recommendation is to skip freezing as it will most likely not turn out as good as heating and eating fresh or leftover from the fridge.
More Cast Iron Recipes
- Cast Iron Blueberry Coffee Cake
- Skillet Nachos
- Cast Iron Pizza
- Cast Iron Apple Crisp
- Cast-iron Skillet Bacon Cinnamon Rolls
- 16 oz Box elbow macaroni
- 16 oz cheddar cheese
- 8 oz American Cheese or Velveeta ( I used american)
- 3 Cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 Stick Butter
- 6 tbs Flour
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 Cup Sour Cream
- Preheat oven to 350
- Cook macaroni according to box directions
- Melt butter in your cast iron skillet
- add in flour and spices
- whisk until smooth
- Slowly pour in milk and cream
- cook on medium heat until mixture is thick and bubbly
- Add in sour cream and cheese.
- Add-in macaroni
- Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 746Total Fat: 56gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 169mgSodium: 950mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 27g