Skillet Baked Macaroni And Cheese

Skillet baked macaroni and cheese – the delicious classic comfort food easily made into a quick healthy meal for 4 with less washing up!

Skillet baked macaroni and cheese. The delicious classic comfort food easily made into a quick healthy meal for 4 with less washing up!

Folks I think you’re going to love my healthier version skillet baked macaroni and cheese.

I mean everybody has their own favourite version of macaroni and cheese haven’t they?

There is nothing wrong with this good old fashioned mealtime staple except sometimes that creamy cheese sauce can be just a little heavy on the butter and flour side, can’t it?

However, don’t get yourself all worried here because I’m certainly not going to remove that classic cheesy cream sauce as that would be sacrilege and then I might as well rename the recipe as well!

Nope all I’m going to do here is show you just how I make my favourite version and how you too can make it a little healthier using no butter, no oil, a lower fat cheese and skimmed milk.

Skillet baked macaroni and cheese. The delicious classic comfort food easily made into a quick healthy meal for 4 with less washing up!

Not only is this a healthier version but you can cut back on the number of dishes you have to wash up.

Instead of one pan for the macaroni, one pan for the cheese sauce and a casserole dish for baking the recipe, you’ll just need one pan to boil your macaroni and your skillet for making the cheese sauce in and then baking the actual cheese and macaroni mixture in the oven.

Folks, I think you’ll agree with me that having less dishes to wash up is a bonus. I mean a quick healthy meal wouldn’t be any good if it then meant spending loads of time standing at the sink cleaning dishes after would it?

And it’s me doing all the dishes here anyway because Lady Lynne and I have an agreement where I do all the cooking and dishes and she cleans the house. So, as you can imagine any recipes that cut down on time as well as dish washing get my vote!

I used to use a casserole dish but with my new skillet I decided to try out a skillet baked macaroni and cheese version and it worked! In fact I like doing it this way better, and that’s not just because of the less dishes situation!

Skillet baked macaroni and cheese. The delicious classic comfort food easily made into a quick healthy meal for 4 with less washing up!

How I Make My Skillet Baked Macaroni And Cheese Healthier

In this recipe I’m using my lower fat cheese sauce version that you can find in lots of my other popular recipes like green lentil lasagne and tuna macaroni bake.

This is a delicious creamy cheese sauce that I’ve been using for a number of years now instead of the full fat buttery cheese sauce I used to use.  It honestly doesn’t really taste any different from the original and it certainly hasn’t stopped Lady Lynne and I enjoying this, one of our all time favourite recipes!

But what it has stopped and also helped us reduce was our expanding waistlines! 🙂

Skillet baked macaroni and cheese. The delicious classic comfort food easily made into a quick healthy meal for 4 with less washing up!

Neil’s Healthy Meals – Site Update

Folks before today’s recipe please just allow me to give an update on where I am with finishing off the site updates I mentioned previously. I feel like celebrating a little so join me if you will!!

I first mentioned site updates in the lemon crunch cheesecake recipe nearly a year ago, and then again in the Brussels sprout pesto recipe in December.

It’s taken me nearly a year to re-write all of my recipe posts, to make them more user friendly and to move them to the new recipe card, WP recipe maker.

During that time, I’ve also added new recipe photography to many older recipes.

This meant that for many weeks I was only able to publish one new recipe per week.  But now I’m slowly getting back to publishing again on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There are still a handful of recipes to have photography updated but that’s OK, the main thing was for all recipes to be transferred to the new recipe card format.

I just wanted to say thanks again for staying the course.  Hopefully you like the new recipe card format and the fact that there are two updates again most weeks from Neil’s healthy meals! 🙂

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Skillet baked macaroni and cheese. The delicious classic comfort food easily made into a quick healthy meal for 4 in just one pan
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Skillet Baked Macaroni And Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Skillet baked macaroni and cheese. The delicious classic comfort food easily made into a quick healthy meal for 4 with less washing up!

Course: Dinner
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 334 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 200 g macaroni
  • 350 ml skimmed milk
  • 15 g corn flour mixed with 2 tbsp cold water
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder (optional)
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 100 g reduced fat grated cheddar cheese + a little extra for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C Fan
  2. Place macaroni in boiling salted water and cook according to packet instructions then drain.
  3. While the macaroni is cooking place skimmed milk and corn flour mixture into skillet and heat gently stirring constantly until white sauce thickens then season to taste.
  4. Gradually stir cheese into white sauce until completely combined and no longer lumpy. Then add the chilli powder (tasting to preferred level of heat).
  5. Add drained macaroni to the cheese sauce, give it a stir until well combined then bake in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.
  6. Serve with a fresh green salad.

Nutrition Facts
Skillet Baked Macaroni And Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 86
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.5g 15%
Saturated Fat 5.1g 26%
Cholesterol 27.3mg 9%
Sodium 221.3mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 45.1g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%
Sugars 5.9g
Protein 16.1g 32%
Vitamin A 22%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 37%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Skillet baked macaroni and cheese - the delicious classic comfort food easily made into a quick healthy meal for 4 with less washing up!

Right, so with all that said, as I mentioned in the Hawaii update on Tuesday and also above there will be two new recipes next week. Oven baked fish puffs on Tuesday, which is a delicious healthy budget fish recipe and then on Thursday a fantastic new “grab and go” raisin oat breakfast muffins recipe.

For now enjoy this skillet baked macaroni and cheese and I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Catch you later!  🙂

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Skillet baked macaroni and cheese - the delicious classic comfort food easily made into a quick healthy meal for 4 with less washing up!

Comments

  1. In the cast iron?! You made this just for me I presume 😉

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Actually Rebecca, you and Shashi @ Savory Spin were both instrumental in making me want to get a cast iron skillet and now I can’t do without it! 🙂

  2. Reason 87245024875024587 I need a skillet. Also to make cornbread and giant cookies.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      You do Susie. I can’t do without mine now. I don’t know how I survived without it!

      I’d forgotten about cornbread and giant cookies in it. Thanks for reminding me. Have a great weekend my friend, I look forward to reading all about it next week! 🙂

  3. Corn flour (aka cornstarch here in the States) is a genius way to make a lightened up version of mac and cheese! So I happen to love mac and cheese. I mean it’s one of my all-time favorites! I typically make it more in the winter months, but I love the idea of a lightened up version served alongside a salad. Oh, and I love the way you used a skillet for this one. Laura and I have the same agreement when it comes to dishes, and some days I feel like I’ll never get the kitchen clean again! Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the site update. I know how long that type of stuff takes. I hope you and Lynne have a great weekend, my friend!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Dishes. I know we cook David and we really enjoy it otherwise we wouldn’t be here chatting, but sometimes it does feel like they are never ending doesn’t it?

      I mean I do all my recipe photography at the weekend, when I’ve time to do that and I do all my recipe trials during the week. So there’s ALWAYS dishes! LOL

      Yeah I’m glad that part of the site update is over. It was a real pain when I just wanted to create and share recipes!

      You guys take care and all have an amazing fun weekend too! 🙂

  4. Oh, I am all for less dishes and washing up, so this looks like a great recipe to do just that. We love mac and cheese in my home and this is such a simple quick recipe. You know, I have a cast iron skillet but have never thought to cook and bake the mac and cheese in it… thanks for the great idea.
    Have a lovely weekend😃

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      You can’t beat a good mac and cheese dinner can you Ashika? 🙂

      I hope you have a great weekend too! 😀

  5. THIS DISH was MY JAM! It was what I subsisted on when I was a kid. Mac & Cheese brings back so many memories, omg – I do have to say I miss it for sure!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      We need to get together one day and reproduce this as something that can get past all your food intolerance’s, and that doesn’t include making it with salmon. 😉

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