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Mac & Cheese Skillet with Joe Joe’s Sloppy Joe Sauce

Serves: 6



8 ounces elbow macaroni

4 Tbsp butter

¼ cup flour

1 ¼ cups half and half

1 ¼ cups whole milk

1 ¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 ¼ cups shredded gruyere cheese

¾ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

3 cups pulled pork or chicken

½ cup La Famiglia DelGrosso Joe Joe’s Sloppy Joe Sauce

For the crispy onions:

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup flour

1 large sweet onion, sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Oil for frying

Green onion slices for garnish

If you want creamier mac & cheese, omit baking or bake less. Try other cheeses such as fontina, havarti, or smoked gouda


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in ¼ cup of flour. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Cook for one minute, continually stirring.
  • Gradually whisk in whole milk and half and half.  Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continuously until it thickens.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in cheese until melted.
  • Drain macaroni, add to cheese mixture, and stir through.
  • Pour macaroni and cheese into a cast iron skillet and bake for 30-35 minutes until bubbly and golden brown on top.
  • Heat oil in small pot on high heat.
  • Pour buttermilk into a bowl and add sliced onions.
  • Place flour in a bowl and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne.
  • Working in small batches, dredge onions in flour then fry in oil until golden brown.
  • Mix pulled pork or chicken with sloppy joe sauce in a small pot and warm on low heat.
  • When macaroni and cheese is done, top with meat and crispy onions.
  • Garnish with the green part of green onions and serve.
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