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Cracker Barrel Macaroni and Cheese Copycat Recipe in a cast iron pan

The Best Cracker Barrel Mac and Cheese Copycat Recipe

This great copycat recipe is a favorite family meal! Experience Cracker Barrel’s Mac n Cheese right at home with zero fuss.

  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 1/2 cups Colby Cheese (shredded)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 cup Panko bread crumbs, 1 cup diced ham, 1 cup cooked bacon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until a thick paste / roux is formed.
  4. Gradually pour chicken broth over the roux, stirring constantly.
  5. Add the cream and stir until the sauce thickens.
  6. ​Add the shredded cheese and stir until it melts.
  7. Stir in the cooked macaroni and mix well, until the macaroni is completely coated in the creamy sauce.
  8. Add a little bit of salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Pour the mac and cheese into an oven-safe dish, like a cast iron skillet or casserole dish. 
  10. Top with breadcrumbs (optional).
  11. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until the edges and breadcrumbs are golden brown.
  12. ​Enjoy!


An 8-ounce block of cheese typically makes 2 cups of shredded cheese. For this recipe, you’ll want to purchase at least a 12-ounce block of cheese.

  • Author: Anna Luther
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min