Caprese One Pot Mac and Cheese

Caprese One Pot Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Tiffany
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Caprese One Pot Mac and Cheese from The Modern Cast Iron Cookbook comes together in under 20 minutes, start to finish. 



  • 8 ounces dry elbow pasta
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup seeded and diced ripe fresh tomato
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat a large skillet or a medium Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the pasta, milk, water, and salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring frequently to avoid the pasta from sticking.
  2. Let the pasta simmer until al dente, about 8-10 minutes. The pasta will absorb most (but not all) of the liquid and the sauce will be thick and creamy.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the freshly grated mozzarella, a little at a time, until incorporated. Stir in the Parmesan, butter, basil, and tomato. Season with freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately.


Use freshly grated mozzarella! Freshly grated cheese is a must for making macaroni and cheese. Pre-packaged shredded cheeses contain anti-clumping additions, like cellulose, which will not melt the cheese properly and cause a lumpy sauce.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 659
  • Sugar: 9.9g
  • Sodium: 830mg
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 86.9g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Protein: 27.7g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg