Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese
Cast Iron baked macaroni and cheese

I was talking with my youngest daughter about comfort foods that she found while she was living in China. While we were talking about that it reminded me of a favorite comfort food.  Macaroni and Cheese.  Many times we find ourselves reaching for the blue box.  I was wanting something like that, but maybe a little more homemade and more attention to the details.

I remembered a Macaroni and Cheese recipe that I found on the Reddit cast-iron forum.  One of the features of this dish is that it is baked in a cast-iron pan to help the dish develop a crisp crust on the bottom and sides.  This crisp crust contrasts nicely with the tender pasta and the creamy sauce.


  • 1 lb macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup pre-cooked bacon bits
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 8 to 10 ounces medium cheddar cheese, grated
  • dried breadcrumbs

While cooking the macaroni, make the cheese sauce.  In a medium saucepan melt the butter and add the butter to form a roux.  Cook over a medium heat until the flour begins to turn to a golden brown.  Slowly whisk in the milk and cook over a medium heat.  Add the onion powder and cook until the mixture begins to thicken.  Add the bacon bits, 1/2 of the parmesan cheese and the grated cheddar cheese and mix until melted and combined.  Grease a cast-iron skillet and pour the drained pasta into the pan.  Mix the cheese sauce into the pasta and top with a mixture of breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.  Bake in a 400° F oven for 30 minutes or until the top and edges have started to crisp.  Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

2 replies on “Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese”

This sounds delicious. I think I’ll try it sometime! It’s fun to learn that you’re quite the cast iron cook, Dirk. I’ve got a dutch oven that I’ve owned for two years and still haven’t used. Thanks for sharing!


Unused cast iron is almost a crime. You need to fix that. Here is a recipe for a pork loin roast that is delicious and easy to do.

pork loin
seasoned salt
apple juice
cooking oil

Select a pork loin that will fit your dutch oven. I have purchased a full pork loin strip and cut it in half. I then place each half side by side in a 12″ dutch oven to cook.

Sprinkle the pork with the seasoned salt. Heat the oil in the dutch oven. Brown the pork loin over a high heat to help develop color and flavor. Once the pork is browned, add 1 chopped onion and 1 to 2 tablespoons of crush or chopped garlic. Add 2 cups of apple juice to the oven and reduce the heat. Simmer for about 2 hours, turning the roast oven after about a hour.

Just make sure that you keep liquid in the oven. If needed add water or more juice.

Remove the roast and make a sauce from the remaining liquid. Use cornstarch and water to thicken into a gravy.

You can do this in a dutch oven on a propane stove or over direct heat.



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