Two-Way Skillet Mac & Cheese

Mac and Cheese
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Sometimes the kids want macaroni and cheese but you want something for more refined tastes, right? This Two-Way Skillet Mac & Cheese has something for the kids and for the adults. Check it out and let us know if you love it as much as we did!

Two-Way Skillet Mac and Cheese

Serves approximately 4 adults & 6 children
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, macaroni

Equipment

  • Oven-safe skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs macaroni, penne, or medium shells
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ c flour
  • 3 c milk
  • 2 oz Gruyere, grated ½ cup
  • 4 oz sharp Cheddar, grated 1 ¼ cups
  • 5 oz Parmesan, finely grated 1 ½ cups
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 8 oz pasteurized lump crab meat
  • 6 oz frozen artichoke hearts thawed and squeezed
  • 1 ½ tbsp minced chives
  • ¼ c canned diced green chiles
  • ¼ c bread crumbs
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.
  • Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.
  • In a 12", ovenproof skillet on medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter.
  • Whisk in the flour until a smooth paste is formed.
  • Whisk in the milk in a slow, steady stream until smooth. Continue whisking until the mixture begins to bubble, about 7 minutes.
  • Whisk in the Gruyere, the Cheddar, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan, the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and salt until the cheeses melt; about 1 minute more.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in cooked pasta.
  • Transfer 5 cups of the pasta mixture to another ovenproof skillet and set it aside.
  • Stir the crab, artichoke hearts, chives, and green chiles into the remaining pasta.
  • Adjust the oven rack to 8 inches below the broiler element and set the broiler to low.
  • In the microwave, melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a small bowl, then toss it with the remaining Parmesan and bread crumbs.
  • Sprinkle half the mixture over the top of each pasta skillet. Sprinkle the pepper over the crab pasta dish.
  • Broil both dishes until golden brown and bubbling, about 5 minutes.
  • Cool the pasta for 5 minutes before serving.

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