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.

NESTLÉ® MAGGI® and NESTLÉ® Media Crema have sponsored this Cast-Iron Skillet-Baked Mac and Cheese recipe. Thanks for reading and supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

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.

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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