Creamy Three Cheese Skillet Mac and Cheese

This Creamy Three Cheese Skillet Mac n' Cheese is fast, easy and made in one skillet! Did I mention that it beats ALL the restaurant mac n' cheese's I've ever had? True story!!!

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This Creamy Three Cheese Skillet Mac and Cheese is the most decadent thing I have ever eaten! I’m not going to lie, it tastes like our favourite frozen mac and cheese from President’s Choice. That is our secret, shameful indulgence once in a while. When we are too tired to think about dinner in the winter months, that mac and cheese and garlic bread is a treat! However, not any longer! I especially love a good mac and cheese with tomatoes or even my pizza mac and cheese.

spooning of Creamy Three Cheese Skillet Mac and Cheese

How to Make Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese recipe is for those of you that love a very creamy, cheese loaded sauce. This is actually not baked at all, this is done in a skillet and ready for your family in minutes! Skillet mac and cheese is the best! You cook the noodles in water, add in cream and then all of the cheese and you are done in minutes!

  1. Prepare the pasta in the skillet.
  2. Add in the cream.
  3. Stir in the cheese and let them melt in.
  4. Broil for crispiness on top if desired.
  5. Serve.

What You Can Add to Mac and Cheese

There are almost endless ingredients that you can add to your mac and cheese to make it better! All of these ingredients are proven winners when it comes to mac and cheese additions.  Try these ingredients in your mac and cheese to suit your family’s tastes:

  • Cooked bacon, chopped up
  • ham
  • apple cubes
  • truffle oil drizzled on top to finish if you love mushroom flavour
  • green onions/chives
  • hot sauce for some zing
  • bread crumbs on top for a crispy layer at the end
  • ketchup on top  ( I know, I know but I love ketchup on mac and cheese)
close up of Creamy Three Cheese Skillet Mac and Cheese

Types of Cheese for Homemade Mac and Cheese

Now I actually didn’t know how this was going to turn out and some of you might get mad at me for one of the ingredients. Can you guess?Yes, Velveeta cheese. If you know me, you know that there are certain times that I LOVE USING VELVEETA CHEESE!!!! I’m sorry, actually no I’m not, I refuse to apologize for liking Velveeta. It is what makes my cheeseburger macaroni soup so amazing and what adds the perfect touch to my creamy potato hamburger soup. Some of you get riled up about processed cheese. I figure I’ve got bigger problems day to day than the fact that I like it once in a while.

Other types of cheese that work well are:

  • old sharp cheddar cheese for maximum flavour
  • Gruyere is another strong flavour
  • Jarlsberg -slightly bitter like Swiss cheese but milder
  • Swiss cheese
a spoon of Creamy Three Cheese Skillet Mac and Cheese

I can’t eat Velveeta plain. I swear that I used to as a kid but my adult taste buds do not love it plain. My Dad said the same thing when he tried a piece at my house, that he remembers liking Velveeta SO much as a kid, but that he doesn’t like to eat it plain anymore.

However, it is the secret to the creamiest skillet mac and cheese you are ever going to eat.

The second secret? You do NOT need a roux mixture with flour to make the creamiest mac and cheese you will ever eat, in fact the flour in a roux cooks the sauce into a thicker paste, which is not what we want here. If you take a look at my photos, this is a super creamy sauce, NOT a baked mac and cheese that has a thicker sauce.

Creamy Three Cheese Skillet Mac and Cheese in thick sauce

Tips and Tricks for Homemade Mac and Cheese

  • I browned this in the oven after I was done cooking it on the stovetop as the perfect mac and cheese for me has a wee bit of a brown crust on it. It also adds a depth of flavour that really seals the deal here for the best mac and cheese.
  • Make sure that you use strong flavored cheese or your mac and cheese will be very plain.
  • You don’t need flour to thicken the sauce, it’s the cheese that will thicken it, which means that you are definitely getting a cheese flavor loaded sauce!

close up Stove Top Mac and CheeseStove Top Mac and Cheese Recipe

I  want you to count ingredients. There are SIX, one of which is water!! To get the best, creamiest, most decadent skillet mac & Cheese you’ve ever tasted! So really, we are talking FIVE INGREDIENTS.  This is going into the regular rotation ASAP and will add to the reasons why I keep some Velveeta in the fridge at all times. Just the small block, stop judging.Now I know someone will ask and yes you can leave the Velveeta out, for sure. You are going to lose that creamy texture that you see in the photo. You can sub in more cheddar cheese instead.

This is also fast because it is done on the stove top! You will never bake your mac and cheese in the oven again after you try this one. Baking it in the oven dries out your sauce, to be honest. The trick of quickly browning the top of this at the end makes it taste like oven baked mac and cheese but it has all of the creamy sauce left!

Happy cooking!



Creamy Three Cheese Skillet Mac n’ Cheese

This Creamy Three Cheese Skillet Mac n’ Cheese is fast, easy and made in one skillet! Did I mention that it beats ALL the restaurant mac n’ cheese’s I’ve ever had? True story!!!
4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes
Main Course
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 1/2 cups of elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 3 1/3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 3 cups of sharp old cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan Reggiano chese grated
  • 1/2 cup Velveeta cheese cubed


  • In a large oven-safe skillet, bring the water to a boil. Add in the macaroni and cook over medium heat on a low simmer until al dente, around 8-9 minutes, making sure to stir it often so the macaroni doesn’t stick to the pan.
  • When the macaroni is done ( the water should be gone as well except for perhaps a couple tablespoons) turn the heat down to low and stir in the cream. Mix through the macaroni.
  • Add in 2 cups of the sharp cheese, the Velveeta and the Parm/Reg cheese. Stir in gently then remove from the heat and let sit for 1-2 minutes to melt so you don’t overwork the noodles. Stir again gently, mixing it throughout the pasta.
  • Turn your oven on broil. Top the skillet with the remaining sharp cheese. Broil in the oven until it reaches your desired cheese doneness – we like ours slightly browned with crispy bits of cheese!
  • Remove and let cool for 5 minutes, then serve.

Recipe Notes

You can sub in whatever cheese you want if you have a problem with Velveeta, BUT it will NOT be as good as this dish currently is.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 946kcal, Carbohydrates: 71g, Protein: 40g, Fat: 55g, Saturated Fat: 34g, Cholesterol: 184mg, Sodium: 1073mg, Potassium: 424mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 2035IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 874mg, Iron: 1.7mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Elizabeth Laycraft says

    Made this for my family tonight. I’m not a big fan of Mac n cheese, but this was a huge hit! Delicious, cheesy, creamy and rich! Definitely will make this again and did I mention how fast and easy it is to prepare!! Thanks for a great recipe 😊5 stars

  2. Pete Xander says

    Color me guilty — I HATE everything fake this, artificial that, but Velveeta Cheese (almost wrote “cheese!”) is also one of the very few guilty pleasures. My dad and I used to roll thumbnail-size balls of Velveeta Cheese for trout fishing in San Diego-area lakes in the winter. When I worked my butt to the bone, I would drag in from work late, get water boiling, and make mac & cheese with Velveeta for a quick satisfying dinner (at least I skipped adding butter too . . . MOST of the time!).

    Now, if you’d put a thin slice on top of a homemade apple pie, I’d probably block this site, but good ol’ mac & cheese? I’m all in! Thanks for making it a bit less guilty by adding more cheese! I quit buying Parmesan cheese in 1980 when I had Asiago cheese for the first time, and I’d never use Romano for anything. Maybe make it a quattro formaggi (four cheeses in Italian) by adding some Monterey Jack for extra gooiness?5 stars

  3. Blitzo says

    Hi there, I’m gonna have to try your recipe tomorrow. I used more cream to become quick and delicious!5 stars

  4. Fergie D Taylor says

    Printed your recipe and much to my surprise & disgust 26 pages printed out. Much too wasteful

    • J@n says

      You printed out the whole article next time just go to recipe at the bottom.

  5. Byron says

    Possibly the phrase semi bluff is much better, since I did not get anything right now but
    I had a straight sketch for the insane.

  6. Matthew M Crew says

    I’m gonna have to try this dish soon. And I to like Velveeta cheese. It has a certain way of melting that makes it perfect for just about anything. Have you tried Creme Fresh instead of cream?4 stars

  7. Val says

    Loved this receipe, so quick and delicious! I used more cream so it was REALLY creamy. So good!!!!
    Thanks Karlynn!5 stars

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