Cast-Iron Skillet-Baked Mac and Cheese + VIDEO


Skillet-baked mac and cheese, anyone? Raise your hand if you have a family that adores mac and cheese. I do, and we all love when the temperature goes down in Miami: because I can bake mac and cheese at least once a week! And this week, the star is this cast-iron skillet-baked mac and cheese with crunchy breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese on top!

Mac and cheese served in a black dish. You can also see a green salad with pecans.

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Four reasons you’ll love this mac ‘n cheese

Four things make this dish irresistible.

Ingredients to make mac n cheese

First, this mac and cheese is super creamy. I make it with milk and creamy NESTLÉ® Media Crema, a staple in my kitchen forever. Because of that, there is no need for a bechamel sauce, resulting in a casserole rich in flavor and texture.

Pouring Nestle Media crema to make skilled bakes mac and cheese.

Second, it’s made with three cheese varieties: American Cheddar cheese, Iris sharp Cheddar cheese, and Parmesan cheese, for a total of six cheese cups. That’s a lot of cheese, and the reason this dish is so delicious and comforting.

Cast-iron skillet with creamy mac and cheese

Third, it has a special kick of flavor: a teaspoon of NESTLÉ® MAGGI® granulated chicken bouillon. Yes, chicken bouillon instead of salt for an extra layer of flavor, a je ne sais quois that everybody loves.

Cast iron skilled with mac and cheese ready to be baked

Last but not least, it’s covered with a crunchy topping made of toasted breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.

The perfect Thanksgiving side dish

Ready yo be served: baked mac and cheese in a cast iron skillet

This mac and cheese is so rich, dense, creamy, and cheesy that it can be served as a side dish for your Thanksgiving meal. But it’s so easy to make that it can be a complete meal for those cold nights during the fall and winter seasons.

Baked mac and cheese served in a black dish.

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Walmart bag and some Nestlé products.

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Dish of mac and cheese-

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How to make cast-iron skillet-baked mac and cheese

Baked mac 'n cheese served in a black dish with a fork

To make this recipe you’ll need:

Cast-iron skillet-baked mac and cheese Recipe

Following is a printable version of my mac and cheese baked-in cast-iron skillet recipe. I hope you like it as much as we do. Thank you for subscribing to my Youtube channel.

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skillet-baked mac and cheese
5 from 23 votes

Cast-Iron Skillet-Baked Mac and Cheese

This cast-iron skillet-baked Mac and Cheese is creamy on the inside and crunchy on the top. A dish so scrumptious that can be a Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish, this mac and cheese is so easy to make, that can be served as a full meal during the fall and winter seasons.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 593kcal


  • 1 package pasta shells
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cans NESTLÉ® Media Crema
  • 1 teaspoon NESTLÉ® MAGGI® Granulated Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 cups American Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 cups Irish sharp Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated and divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs


  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Cook the pasta following the package directions, but drain it 2 minutes before it’s done. Reserve.
  • In a skillet at medium heat add the olive oil and the breadcrumbs. Stir and toast, stirring constantly until the breadcrumbs begin to turn golden, about 5 minutes. Reserve.
  • In a pot, at medium heat, add the Media Crema, Maggi chicken bouillon, and paprika and stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  • Add milk and stir.
  • Add the American and Irish Cheddar Cheese and half of the Parmesan Cheese. Cook stirring constantly until the cheese is melted, about 8 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and stir.
  • In a bowl mix the toasted breadcrumbs with the rest of the Parmesan cheese.
  • Pour the mac and cheese into a cast-iron skillet and sprinkle it with the breadcrumbs and Parmesan mixture.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Put the oven on broil and broil for 3 minutes.
  • Serve hot.



Nutrition Facts
Cast-Iron Skillet-Baked Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 593 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 1066mg46%
Potassium 249mg7%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 1370IU27%
Calcium 993mg99%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked mac and cheese, cast-iron skillet-baked mac and cheese recipe, how to make cast-iron skillet-baked mac and cheese, how to make skillet-baked mac and cheese, mac and cheese in cast iron pan, skillet-baked mac and cheese recipe
Author: Enri

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