Healthy Homemade Mac & Cheese
  • Alaina Hinkle

Healthy Homemade Mac & Cheese

I am going to be honest, I mean how many of us grew up on Krafts Mac & Cheese? I mean college I survived on Velveta Mac & Cheese or Kraft, that you heated up in the plastic containers. Oh dear. The Coalition for Safer Food Processing and Packaging did a test of 30 different cheese products & they found " all but one one contained chemicals called phthalates, man-made substances that have been shown to interfere with human hormones. The highest levels were found in the cheesy powder used to make the sauce for boxed macaroni and cheese." (

So needless to say, the one brand I do trust for boxed Mac & cheese in Annies Homegrown. However, when I am feeling fancy & want to make the real deal, I turn to this SIMPLE & DELICIOUS solution. Who needs chemicals & powder :) Check details below!


4 servings

-10 oz Penne Pasta

-2 tbsp unsalted butter

-1/2 cup milk of choice + a bit extra to thin if need be ( we use whole milk for A)

-2 tbsp Organic All Purpose flour

-1/2 cup shredded Fiesta cheese (spicy cheese)

-1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

-1 cup greek yogurt

-1/2 tsp paprika powder + more to taste

-1/2 tsp garlic powder + more to taste


1. Cook Penne pasta as it says so on the boxed instructions & then strain. Then it will be ready to throw into the yummy cheese sauce.

2. In a large stove top pot at least 6 qt. add 2 tbsp butter at medium heat. ( I attached my favorite one here) Then pour in the milk as well, and let it melt down & stir together. Once fully melted add in the flour & whisk until flour has fully combined with the milk & butter. Then add in both of the shredded cheeses & greek yogurt. Stir on medium heat until fully melted. You do not want it bubbling over. At this point slowly add in milk if a thinner consistency is needed. You want it to be creamy not stringy. So if it is a bit stringy still add it a bit more milk & a bit more greek yogurt. Lastly add in the garlic powder & paprika. Add more in to taste.

3. Lastly pour in strained pasta & stir until full incorporated. Put on low for 5 minutes to let it cook a little bit together.

4. PRO TIP. If you want to add breadcrumbs to the top like I did above, add to an oven safe ramekin(follow link here) & sprinkle crushed croutons over the top. Then put on in oven on broil until the top becomes crispy [feel free to add more cheese on top :) ] OR I choose to put it in the ramekin & add it to my air fryer (the one I use right here) at 320 degrees for 5-7 minutes.


Thank you for looking at this scrumptious recipe!! Remember to follow me @honestfoodie_blog and #honestgrubhonestfoodie to let me know what you are making!

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