Skillet Macaroni & Cheese –

Skillet Macaroni & Cheese

  By lentilsorg      

November 22, 2017

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This classic comfort food dish gets simplified by cooking everything in one skillet. Creamy, cheesy, and full of nutrition, thanks to split red lentils, this is a family-friendly dinner everyone will be sure to love.

  • Prep: 10 Minutes
  • Cook: 25 Minutes
  • 10 Minutes

    25 Minutes

    35 Minutes

  • Yields: 6


  1. Bring the water, 1 cup (250 mL) evaporated milk, lentils, and salt to boil over high heat in a 12-inch (30cm) broiler-safe pan or skillet. Cover and cook for 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in macaroni and simmer over medium-high heat until the macaroni is al dente and the lentils are tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Preheat the broiler.
  4. Stir in the remaining evaporated milk and Dijon mustard. Reduce heat to medium. Stir until smooth, and cook for a minute or two longer.
  5. Remove skillet from heat and stir in cheddar and Italian cheeses, one cup at a time. Stir in butter until melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If the mixture is too thick, thin out with a bit of hot water.
  6. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and melted butter. Sprinkle over macaroni and place the skillet under the broiler for a minute or two, until the crumbs are golden.
  7. Remove from the broiler and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


4 1/2 cups (1.125 L) water

1 (13 oz/369 mL) can evaporated milk

1/2 cup (125 mL) split red lentils

2 cups (625 mL) dry elbow macaroni

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

2 tsp (10 mL) grainy Dijon mustard

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) shredded aged Cheddar cheese

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) shredded Italian 4 cheese blend

3 Tbsp (45 mL) unsalted butter

1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper

1/3 cup (75 mL) panko breadcrumbs

1/3 cup (75 mL) grated Parmesan cheese

1 Tbsp (15 mL) melted unsalted butter


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 1/2 cups (375 mL)
Sodium830 mg
Potassium424 mg
Protein31 g
Cholesterol80 mg
Sugar8 g
Total Fat25 g
Saturated Fat10 g
Total Carbohydrates53 g
Dietary Fiber2 g