One Pan Mac and Cheese Recipe

A one pan mac and cheese recipe ready in a jiffy.

Pronto Elbows package

Made with

Barilla Pronto® Elbows

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A Cheesy Mac and Cheese Recipe for All Ages

Got a hankering for mac and cheese, but just don't have the time to make and bake it? Then try this easy and quick one pan mac and cheese recipe made with Barilla® Pronto® Elbow pasta and sharp cheddar. In under 20 minutes, this recipe yields a mouthwatering, cheesy mac and cheese recipe - done all in one pan!

  • 460
  • 16g
    Total Fat
  • 58g
    Total Carbohydrate
  • 20g
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Ingredients for 6 people
  • 1 box Barilla® Pronto® Elbows
  • 3 cups water cold
  • 1 cup heavy cream ½ tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¾ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Pour whole box of pasta into a large skillet (approximately 12 inches in diameter).  Pour 3 cups of cold water into the pan, ensuring that the water covers the pasta. 

  • Turn on the burner to high, then set your timer for 10 minutes.  Optional:  add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt to taste.

  • Cook on high, stirring regularly, until most of the water is absorbed about 10 minutes but may vary by stove. 

  • Add mustard and cream and bring to a simmer then, remove skillet from the heat and gently fold in sharp cheddar, Parmigiano and parsley.  Serve immediately.

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