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Skillet White Cheddar Mac-N-Cheese

This easy skillet macaroni-n-cheese recipe will have you throwing out the boxed stuff forever!
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz Banza chickpea pasta shells (about 1.5 boxes) I love using Chickpea pasta but you can totally use regular wheat pasta if it's what you have on hand
  • 2/3 cup green peas, frozen
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp panko bread crumbs (optional)
  • fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according the package instructions. When there is a bout 1.5 minutes left on your pasta timer, add frozen green peas straight into the boiling water and boil together for the remaining cook time.
  • Drain pasta and peas and then pour back into the cooking pot. Set aside on the counter.
  • While the pasta is cooking, melt butter in a small sauce pan. Add 2 tbsp of flour and cook over medium/medium high heat for 1 minute.
  • Turn the heat down to low and slowly stream in 2 cups of milk while whisking continuously to get rid of any lumps.
  • Turn heat back up to medium/medium high heat and cook while whisking frequently for 6-9 minutes until thick and bubbly.
  • Remove from heat and add in white cheddar cheese. Stir until smooth. Add in salt, pepper, mustard and onion pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Pour cheese sauce over the cooked pasta and peas and gently fold to combine.

Add a crispy top (optional)

  • Transfer the mac-n-cheese to an oven proof dish or skillet.
  • Turn the oven on the broil setting.
  • Sprinkle the top of the pasta with 2-3 tbsp panko bread crumbs.
  • Broil for 2-4 minutes until the breadcrumbs brown and get cripsy. Be sure to keep an eye on it as it can burn easily.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy!

Notes

You can totally serve the Mac-n-cheese without any breadcrumbs but I think the addition of the crispy top adds a nice contrast to the dish. This recipe also works well with different kinds of pasta. 
Keyword 30 minute meal, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Vegetarian