Two-Way Skillet Mac & Cheese

Mac and Cheese
Bing from Boston, United States, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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!

Mac and Cheese

Two-Way Skillet Mac and Cheese

Serves approximately 4 adults & 6 children
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • Oven-safe skillet


  • 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


  • 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.
Keyword cheese, macaroni

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