This easy skillet macaroni and cheese recipe truly is easy. Some skillet recipes require the oven, but this one doesn’t! Dinner was ready in under thirty minutes and only a few dishes were dirtied. Win!

Easy Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Sorry guys, this is not a Weight Watchers-friendly recipe! The amount of milk and cheese alone would put you over your points for the week! Just kidding, kind of, but I didn’t calculate points on this one because I knew it’d be insane.

Easy Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 tablespoons butter, divided
4 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk or half and half
1 teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup Gruyere cheese, cubed or shredded (for melting)
8 ounces elbow noodles
breadcrumbs for topping
cilantro for topping

Directions for cooking Easy Skillet Macaroni and Cheese:

Easy Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Cook pasta according to package instructions. We boiled ours for 9 minutes and they were perfect. We used elbow noodles but really you could use spiral pasta, ravioli, anything!

Cook mushrooms and garlic in 1 tablespoon butter for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside in a bowl.

In skillet, heat 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add in flour, whisking constantly, cooking for about a minute. Add in milk, whisking constantly until it thickens. Add more flour if it doesn’t thicken up within 5 minutes. Keep in lower heat as not to burn. Mix in thyme, salt, cayenne, and black pepper.

Remove from heat. Stir in cheese, cooked pasta, and mushroom garlic mixture. Top with breadcrumbs and cilantro.

Easy Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Used in this recipe:

Pioneer Woman Cutting Board
Pioneer Woman Placemats
Cast Iron Skillet

Easy Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

This is one of the tastiest macaroni and cheese recipes EVER – and so easy!

  • 1 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 4 Tbsp. Butter, divided
  • 4 Tbsp. Flour
  • 2 1/2 C. Whole Milk or Half and Half
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 1/8 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 C. Gruyere Cheese, cubed or shredded (for melting)
  • 8 Ounces Elbow Noodles
  • Bread Crumbs for topping
  • Cilantro for topping
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Cook mushrooms and garlic in 1 tablespoon butter for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside in a bowl.
  4. In skillet, heat 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat.
  5. Add in flour, whisking constantly, cooking for about a minute.
  6. Add in milk, whisking constantly until it thickens. (Add more flour if it doesn’t thicken up within 5 minutes. Keep in lower heat as not to burn.)
  7. Mix in thyme, salt, cayenne, and black pepper.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Stir in cheese, cooked pasta, and mushroom garlic mixture.
  10. Top with breadcrumbs and cilantro.
  11. Serve and Enjoy!