This Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with crunchy buttery topping is such a crave-worthy dish! Homemade macaroni and cheese has never been this delicious!
Course Main Course
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Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 35minutes
3/4pounddry elbow pasta
1stick unsalted butter
1/2cupall purpose flour
1/2teaspoonfreshly cracked black pepper
3cupsCheddar Cheeseshredded and divided
1cupfinely crushed Ritz Crackers
12strips cookedcrumbled bacon pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Cook pasta according to package directions. I recommend cooking the pasta a minute less than the directions. Drain and set aside for a few minutes.
To prepare roux, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until color of roux gets slightly darker. Slowly whisk in milk, stirring continuously until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in 2 cups of cheese until melted.
Transfer cooked pasta to 12-inch cast iron skillet over low heat. Pour cheese sauce over top, stirring to combine.
Top mac and cheese with remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese, crushed crackers and bacon pieces. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and hot. Serve warm.