Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Creamy Skillet Macaroni & Cheese

My perfect recipe for creamy, dreamy Skillet Macaroni & Cheese made with milk, half & half, and three cheeses, cheddar, Monterrey Jack Cheese and Velveeta. 
I just made some macaroni and cheese that my kids and my husband absolutely LOVED! This is exciting to me, because I have a hard time finding a recipe that pleases the whole family. My kids love Kraft's Deluxe Mac & Cheese, but my husband prefers more of a homemade version. So, you can see my dilemma on trying to make everyone happy.

I've never had great luck making homemade macaroni and cheese. It's either too dry and clumpy or it calls for eggs as one of the ingredients. I don't like adding eggs to mac and cheese, because it turns out too curdled looking.

I prefer more of a creamy dreamy macaroni and cheese. Well, folks I think I have finally found the perfect recipe. I was thumbing through one of my Taste of Home magazines and came across this recipe for Creamy Skillet Macaroni & Cheese.

What jumped out at me most was the word "creamy" and that this recipe was egg free! Other than cooking the macaroni in a separate pot everything else is prepared in one skillet. You gotta love that?

The original recipe calls for half & half, but I think evaporated milk or regular milk would be a great substitute. I compared the caloric information and they're about the same fat and calorie wise. This recipe is too easy not to try for yourself, so if you give it a whirl let me know what you think.
Start bycooking the macaroni according to the package directions (al dente). In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and blend until smooth. 

Gradually add the milk; bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes or until thickened. 

Add the cubed Velveeta, cheddar and Monterey jack cheese. Cook and stir until the cheese mixture until melted through. Drain macaroni and add to the cheese sauce.  Stir to blend and simmer until heated through. 

Creamy Dreamy indeed!!!! I do have to say if I had to settle on one baked macaroni and cheese recipe than the Deen Brothers Macaroni & Cheese would be the one.

It has egg in the recipe, but my family likes it pretty well. I'm just so tickled to have finally found a stove top creamy macaroni and cheese recipe.

Creamy Skillet Macaroni & Cheese

2 - cups uncooked elbow macaroni
2 - tablespoons butter
2 - tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk or evaporated milk 
8 - ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed or (use all cheddar cheese)
1 - cup cheddar cheese
1 - cup monterey jack cheese

Cook the macaroni according to the package directions. In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.

Stir in the flour and blend until smooth. Gradually add the milk; bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes or until thickened. 

Add the cubed Velveeta, cheddar and Monterrey jack cheese. Cook and stir the mixture until all the cheese is melted through. 

Drain macaroni and add to the cheese sauce.  Stir to blend and simmer until heated through. 

Remove from heat and serve.

Cook's Note:  This macaroni and cheese dish can also be baked in the oven for special occasions and holidays. After adding the milk, add the cubed Velveeta cheese, 1/2 cup each of cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese and mix to combine. Add the cooked macaroni and pour into a greased or buttered 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese and bake at 350 F degrees for 15-20 minutes.   

Servings 4 - 6
source: taste of home 


Axelle the french cooker said... #

Dish as I like : easy, quick and good ;)

Renae said... #

Looks good!! For this recipe does it have to have half/half or evaporated milk or can you use regular milk?

SharonMarie said... #

I love homemade mac n cheese, but don't get it very often! This looks easy, thanks for sharing the recipe.

Leslie said... #

This really looks like a dream!!! I take homemade macaroni to Christmas every year--and it's a treat-- and this recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Anonymous said... #

looks amazing!!!!!!!!!

Robin said... #

My hubby loves homemade mac and cheese. The recipes I've tried have always turned out clumpy too. Can't wait to try this one. It looks delicious.

Anonymous said... #

I always make homemade mac n cheese ... so easy no recipe needed. Cook desired amount macaroni, drain, add cubed Velveeta, milk [to keep from getting dry] and little butter. Heat until cheese is melted. It is as easy as a boxed mix but much better. T'sa

sshallenbu said... #

How funny! I just made almost this exact recipe tonight. I used 4T butter to 4T flour and used 2C shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Everyone raved. Thanks for your great recipes and hard work.

Anonymous said... #

I'm happy to see this recipe uses really adds a smoothness and a great flavor to mac and cheese. I'll be trying this very soon!

Cindy Cade said... #

My favorite and now for my kids too calls for real cheese and is beyond simple. Cook your macaroni, drain, add shredded colby-monteray/jack (aka Co-jack) and allow to melt. Done and delicious.
I do reccomend buttering the bowl if you aren't mixing in the pan.

Anonymous said... #

I do one very similar but with 2% milk and Colby jack cheese. If you put it under the broiler for a few minutes just to get a little Browning on the cheese you get a baked of both world's!

I'm trying your sesame chicken tonight looks delicious!

Unknown said... #

Hi Tina,
Your Creamy Skillet Macaroni & Cheese looks tasty
You can submit your Creamy Skillet Macaroni & Cheese pics on It is a food photography site where members can submit all food pictures that make readers hungry :)
I am already hungry to see these photos btw, LOL

Leslie said... #

Looks so good weird kids wont eat mac and cheese...kinda ridiculous if you ask me.That just means there would be more for me!

Unknown said... #

This looks great, I usually layer, my mac and cheese, with butter velveta and milk and bake it, but I like that this has the the creamy flour mixture as well!

Beth said... #

Try a dash of worcestershire sauce to homemade mac and cheese. It sends it over the top!

Anonymous said... #

I use this same recipe except I use 4 cheeses I use velvetta sharp and mild cheddar and mozzarella, and I also take crumbled ritzs cracker with a little butter on top baked just long enough to brown the cracker alike bit

Anonymous said... #

I want to make this recipe. BUT NEED WAY MORE that 4 servings for Thanksgiving dinner. I will be hosting about 15 folks and must have leftovers.. any suggestions on best way to double, triple or quadruple the recipe and have the same outcome.

Tina Butler said... #

I think doubling the recipe would be plenty. Just make in a very large pot and place the mac and cheese in a large covered serving dish.

Halosmith said... #

My FIL thanks you from the bottom of his heart. Mac and Cheese is his favorite dish and now an easy way to throw it together! What more could you ask for?

Unknown said... #

Either that or a dash of Frank's Red Hot!