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Smoked white shells and cheese in a cast iron skillet.
Smoked White Shells and Cheese
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Creamy smoked shells and cheese made with five white cheeses and smoked to perfection.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: america
Keyword: easy mac and cheese, shells and cheese, smoked mac and cheese
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 743 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups white cheddar shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • 1 cup gouda shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan shredded
  • 4 pieces bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 lb medium shell pasta cooked al dente according package directions
  1. In a dutch oven, melt butter.

  2. Add flour and whisk until well combined and fragrant.

  3. Stir in milk and continue whisking until thickened.

  4. Add cream cheese, whisk until smooth. Add salt and pepper and stir to combine.

  5. Add white cheddar, mozzarella, gouda, and parmesan.  Whisk until smooth.

  6. Add pasta and gently toss until combined.

  7. Transfer to a cast iron skillet.

  8. Smoke at 300 degrees for 20 minutes.  Stir shells and cheese and smoke an additional 15 minutes.

  9. Top with crumbled bacon. 

  10. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

How Long Do You Smoke Mac and Cheese?

Using a pellet grill allows you to cook at a low temperature while infusing your food with the flavor of your chosen pellets.  Here I've used oak pellets, but feel free to use your favorite!  Each wood pellet has a unique note. For this shells and cheese you only need to smoke about 35-40 minutes to get a nice smoked flavor without drying our your dish.

Can I Use Pre-Shredded Cheese?

Grate your own cheese.  Avoid the pre-shredded cheese for this recipe. Most contain added ingredients that will create a gritty texture in your sauce.

What type of baking dish should I use?

Use a cast iron skillet to smoke your smoked mac and cheese.  Smoking will not damage cast iron.

What If I Don't Have A Smoker?

You can make this dish in the oven!  Simply bake for 15 minutes after you transfer your shells and cheese to the skillet. Top with bacon and serve.

What Does Al Dente Mean?

I mention cooking just shy of al dente in this recipe.  Al dente describes pasta or rice that is cooked to be firm to the bite.

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Nutrition Facts
Smoked White Shells and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 743 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 968mg42%
Potassium 382mg11%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 1270IU25%
Calcium 666mg67%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.