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Skillet Mac and Cheese

Skillet Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Bell Peppers

In this homemade mac and cheese recipe, everything is cooked in one skillet: sausage, bell peppers, and even pasta!  This delicious red sauce macaroni and cheese will become your new family favorite! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 436kcal
Author Julia


  • 1 lb pork sausage
  • 2 bell peppers , diced
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni , dry
  • 18 oz marinara sauce
  • 18 oz water
  • cup half and half
  • cup mozzarella cheese


  • In a large skillet cook sausage on medium heat, until meat is brown. Drain off fat.
  • Add diced bell peppers, dried elbow macaroni, marinara sauce, and water. Bring to boil; reduce heat to simmer. Simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes until macaroni is tender, occasionally stirring.
  • Add half and half, sprinkle with cheese, and mix everything well. Remove from heat, cover and let it sit for about 2 minutes or until cheese melts.


WHAT IS HALF AND HALF? To make 1 cup of half and half, combine ½ cup of milk and ½ cup of heavy cream (or heavy whipping cream).
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Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 978mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1210IU | Vitamin C: 47.8mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2.4mg