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skillet mac and cheese in a pan with a wooden spoon

Skillet Mac and Cheese

Classic Macaroni & Cheese made in one skillet, in under 30 minutes. No cooking and draining pasta. Traditional macaroni & cheese flavors- cheese, pasta, milk, butter, and salt.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword easy mac and cheese, homemade mac and cheese with velveeta, simple mac and cheese recipe without flour
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 2 ¾ cups water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 ½ cups elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup milk 2% or whole
  • 8 oz Velveeta Cheese or similar loaf style American cheese
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp seasoning salt Lawry's


  • In a large 9 or 10 inch skillet (must have a lid that fits) simmer the water and salt over medium high heat. Once the water is at a hard simmer add the pasta and bring it to a boil.
  • Once the water boils, turn the heat down to low and pop the lid on. Set a timer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid after 10 minutes and give the pan a stir. There will still be some water left in the pan, that is ok, it will thicken with the milk and cheese.
    Turn the heat up to medium and stir in the 1/2 cup milk, 8 oz Velveeta cheese, 1/4 tsp season salt, and 1 tablespoon butter. Stir the mac and cheese constantly until the cheese is completely melted.
  • Remove from the heat and let sit for 4-5 minutes for the cheese to thicken.
  • Taste for additional salt or seasoning salt, per your preference.


If you are eating this for dinner, plan to get 4 servings.
If this is a side dish, plan to get about 6 servings