Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese Cornbread Skillet
My cast-iron skillet is a workhorse in my kitchen. I just love it for cooking and baking. And this cast-iron mac and cheese recipe can be served as a main dish or as a smaller-portion side. — Lisa Keys, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Total TimePrep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
- 1-3/4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
- 8 bacon strips, chopped
- 1 cup shredded smoked Gouda or cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
- 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
- 6 large eggs, divided use
- 3 cups 2% milk, divided
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) cornbread/muffin mix
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Additional green onions
- Preheat oven to 400°. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a 12-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 1 tablespoons in pan.
- Drain macaroni; add macaroni to drippings. Stir in shredded cheeses and cream cheese; cook and stir over medium heat until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes. Whisk 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, green onions, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; pour into skillet. Cook and stir until slightly thickened, 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Reserve 1/4 cup bacon for topping; sprinkle remaining bacon over macaroni. Place cornbread mix, paprika, remaining 4 eggs, 2 cups milk, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Pour over bacon.
- Bake until puffed and golden brown, 30-35 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with reserved 1/4 cup bacon and additional green onions.
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