A couple of years ago for my birthday, my mother bought me a cast iron skillet. I didn’t think much of it and I didn’t use it for months. I had no idea what to do with it. I cook every single night but had never cooked with a cast iron skillet even though I had heard great things I was just so use to my normal cooking habits.
Fast forward to today and I cook almost exclusively in my cast iron skillet. I’ve even bought a few extra skillets of all sizes so I can cook anything and everything I want and always have enough pans to cook in. I’ve been experiencing with some new (to me) recipes and instantly fell in love with a Southwest Mac & Cheese recipe that I had tweaked. Admittedly, I love mac and cheese maybe to much, but who doesn’t? Now, let’s cook some!
Southwest Mac & Cheese
- 1 1/2 C
- 1 ½ C whole milk
- 4 tsp. all-purpose flour
- ¼ C unsalted butter
- 1 C goat`milk cheese
- 1 C gruyere
- ½ medium red bell pepper, chopped
- ½ medium orange bell pepper, chopped
- ½ medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 4 slices bacon, crisp cooked and crumbled
- 8 oz elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
- 1 TBSP Southwest seasoning
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the milk, butter, seasoning and flour to a pot on medium-high heat, stirring often until the mixture thickens. Add in the cheese,whisking until blended then slowly add in the crumbled bacon mixing until combined.
- Add the chopped peppers to the cooked macaroni, stir to mix well. Stir in the cheese and bacon mixture to the macaroni. Spray the cast iron skillet with cooking spray then add the macaroni and cheese mixture.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until the top is slightly browned.
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