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Creamy Skillet Mac and Cheese Brie and Manchego Cheese Pasta Shells for Mac and Cheese Creamy Skillet Mac and Cheese recipe Creamy Mac and Cheese recipe Although we’re already a couple weeks into spring, a lot of people are still experiencing frigid, icy weather. We love indulging in some of our favorite comfort foods, to help us keep warm when it’s cold out. Today it’s creamy skillet mac and cheese. We love macaroni and cheese, especially one that’s super rich and cheesy, but there’s something about an extra creamy, stovetop mac and cheese that’s we just can’t get enough of.

We’ve used a combination of President’s creamy brie round and extra creamy camembert cheese to create our rich and creamy cheese sauce. We love how beautifully the cheeses melt together. We recommend cutting up few extra cubes of cheese as you prepare the dish, because you’ll find it impossible not snack away as you cook. Seriously. Dijon mustard and ground ginger helps to cut the creaminess of the sauce and we love the light tangy flavor the mustard brings to the overall dish.

The crushed cracker topping is one of our favorite parts of this dish and we urge anyone who makes this dish, not to skip out on this part. The buttery crackers and fragrant thyme add a much needed light crunch, balancing out the extra rich and creamy sauce. Plus you’ll probably have extra crackers, which go perfectly with all that cheese you’ll definitely be snacking on as you make this dish. Yay!

Before we forget, we should mention that President’s cheese is having a Pinterest sweepstakes where you all have a chance to enter and win $50 worth of your own President’s cheese. Not too bad, right? You can visit their new website for details on how to enter and win!

We hope some of you will try making this simple skillet mac & cheese, to help keep you cozy as the weathers slowly begins to warm up. Enjoy!


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Creamy Skillet Mac and Cheese
Makes 6 to 7 cups

1 lb. medium shells
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
President (8 ounce) Brie Round, rind removed
President (8 ounce) Camembert, rind removed
1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock, warmed
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
10 buttered crackers, crushed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons minced thyme

1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add a small handful of salt and the shells and stir. Bring the water back up to a boil and cook shells for 7 to 9 minutes or until al dente (soft with a slight bite), stirring occasionally. Strain shells and set aside until ready to use.
2. Place a 10 inch skillet over medium heat and melt butter. Sprinkle flour into skillet and stir until well combined and the raw flour taste disappears, 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Stir in milk and cream and continue to stir until no lumps remain. Lower heat to medium-low and allow mixture to thicken, enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Stir in mustard, thyme and ginger until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
4. In a small bowl toss together both cheeses and lemon juice. Begin whisking cheeses into the skillet and continue to whisk together until all the cheese has been added and mixture is thick and smooth.
5. Add warmed chicken stock and stir together until smooth. Fold in the cooked and cooled shells until just combined and adjust seasonings.
6. Heat broiler to high.
7. In a small bowl toss together crushed crackers butter and thyme until well combined. Top the mac and cheese filled skillet with the buttered cracker mix and place under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes or until the shells slightly caramelize and the cheese sauce becomes hot and bubbly. (you can also transfer the mixture into individually-sized buttered skillets and top with the cracker mixture before placing under the broiler)
8. Allow the mac and cheese to sit and cool for 5 t0 7 minutes before serving.

  1. gabis Not Specified Not Specified

    Do you think it will work if I skip the heavy cream, change the Manchego cheese for Parmesan and the chicken stock for water?
    Also, step 7 made me confused. What is exactly “and place under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes or until the shells slightly caramelize and the cheese sauce becomes hot and bubbly.”? Does that mean to put it in the oven for 3-5 min?

    • Michelle Not Specified Not Specified

      The directions are pretty clear. Some, if not most, ovens have a separate broiler to cook things at a much higher temperature. Your oven might had a broil option on it. Otherwise you can turn the oven up super high and place your top rack as close to the heating element as possible. Keep an eye on it though, it can burn quickly.

  2. bev @ bevcooks Not Specified Not Specified

    My eyeballs have never had so much fun. Ever.

  3. Helen @ the crispy crouton Not Specified Not Specified

    I often make Mac and cheese but need some inspiration to make it a but different and I think I just got it! I love brie (and Camembert) so think I’ll try this out next time I make it. I cant wait to see what difference the ginger masjes too. Thanks for sharing.

    • Helen @ the crispy crouton Not Specified Not Specified

      I often make Mac and cheese but need some inspiration to make it a but different and I think I just got it! I love brie (and Camembert) so thinkiI’ll try this out next time I make it. I cant wait to see what difference the ginger makes too. Thanks for sharing.
      Sorry for the typos in my first reply.

  4. John Not Specified Not Specified

    The recipe calls for Brie and Monchego but the narrative and pictures show camembert. I’m guessing that the camembert is the correct ingredient. Any way you look at it the recipe should turn out great.

  5. Kate @Almond Butter Binge Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh my god. Brie and Camembert? That sounds freaking amazing. I’m so intrigued by the thyme, ginger and lemon, too…I am usually so basic when it comes to mac and cheese, but this looks stellar.

  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    awesome comfort food right here! pinned!

  7. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes Not Specified Not Specified

    Yum!! Creamy brie in mac and cheese sounds perfect!

  8. Allison Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve never understood why every Mac and cheese recipe has mustard in it. This looks delic but I fear the mustard.

    • Ethan Not Specified Not Specified

      The mustard has a few functions. One, it has emulsifying properties. Although not necessarily needed when making a cheese sauce, it can help stabilize the ingredients. Two, mustard has a nice acidity to it. This sauce (technically a sauce morney- bechamel with cheese) is very rich and unctuous. Again, not completely necessary, but the acidity of the mustard can balance the sauce and cut through some of the dairy fat.

  9. Linda Not Specified Not Specified

    No matter what the season you can’t beat mac & cheese. Love the combination of cheeses in yours.

  10. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow, this is serious comfort food. I love it!

  11. Laura (Tutti Dolci) Not Specified Not Specified

    I love the brie here, this is mac & cheese perfection!

  12. Sue Not Specified Not Specified

    My God that looks good. My mouth was watering!!! Shall make it tomorrow…….Drool…Drool Sue

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  14. Fawn Not Specified Not Specified

    Never thought about adding ginger to mac and cheese before, but my favorite personal addition is a few grates of nutmeg, which I suppose is in the same vein of thought!

  15. Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion Not Specified Not Specified

    such the ultimate comfort food

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  17. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh heavenly. Brie in mac & cheese? I can only imagine how insanely delicious this is!

  18. Jenny Not Specified Not Specified

    Those individual skillets look adorable. How big are they?

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  22. Renee @ Awesome on $20 Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve never tried mac and cheese with French cheese before. This sounds brilliant. If I can stop myself from eating all of the cheese first.

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  27. Toni Not Specified Not Specified

    This is officially my new favourite blog! Mostly because of this recipe.

  28. Sabrina Not Specified Not Specified

    nice serving size, and camembert, brie, dijon mustard, etc., wow!, not your kids mac and cheese, nice dinner party serving idea, thank you!

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