If you're a fan of boxed mac and cheese, then boy do I have the recipe for you!
I personally hated mac and cheese growing up because I couldn't get over the powdered cheese part.
But when I was pregnant I wanted cheese and pasta, so I decided to write my own mac and cheese recipe that tasted good AND was good for me.
(None of that blue box stuff.)
And guess what - I did it!
This easy skillet mac and cheese takes a total time of 15 minutes and it's made with real ingredients.
Even if you don't have much experience in the kitchen, it's one of those easy recipes you can't really mess up.
You'll definitely add to your "favorite meals" list!
This recipe works with any pasta you have, as long as it's 8 ounces of pasta.
Swap out the Mexican cheese blend for other types of cheese like sharp cheddar cheese, white cheddar cheese, or even monterey jack cheese. Use dairy free cheese if you want to make this recipe vegan.
Add half a cup panko bread crumbs on top and broil in the oven until the breadcrumb mixture is crispy.
To create a complete meal, add your favorite protein and a side dish of green vegetables.
Because this is skillet mac and cheese, you'll need a large skillet to cook the pasta and have room to toss the pasta in the creamy sauce.
I use an 11 inch skillet, but you can also use a cast iron skillet, especially if you want to quick broil your mac and cheese in the oven.
Here's how to make the best homemade macaroni and cheese:
Step 1: start by boiling your pasta according to package directions until al dente.
(Pro tip: place a wooden spoon over the skillet to prevent any of the starchy water from boiling over!)
Step 2: while the pasta cooks, get out your other ingredients.
Step 3: reserve some of the pasta water for the sauce, then drain the cooked pasta but don't rinse it. This will dry out the gluten free pasta and prevent the cheese sauce from truly incorporating with the pasta.
Step 4: add the pasta back to the skillet and mix in the remaining ingredients. It'll take a little bit for everything to melt, but if you add it all when the pasta is hot, the pasta will do all the work.
Yes, you read that right. If you've ever wondered how to thicken mac and cheese without flour or cornstarch, this is how! There's no need to mix flour with melted butter to get that perfect mac and cheese - all you need is hot pasta and a bit of nutritional yeast!
(Pro tip: even though the burner will be off, the stove top will still be hot, so stirring your mac and cheese over that hot burner is a great way to make everything melt faster.)
Step 5: garnish with your chili flakes and everything seasoning. Serve yourself a small bowl (or eat the entire pan!) and enjoy!
Step 6: store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.
The next time you need a quick meal, I hope you choose this 15 minute mac and cheese! It's got great flavor, it's a great addition to any main dish, and it's the ultimate comfort food.
And, if you love this skillet version of homemade mac and cheese, you should try my oven baked mac and cheese! My family ate the entire pan in one sitting.
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All you need is 15 minutes and a few simple ingredients to make this easy and healthy Skillet Mac and Cheese! This recipe is cheesy and creamy without any flour, cornstarch, or roux, and it's naturally gluten free and low sodium too. It's the best!
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