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Air Fryer Mac and Cheese

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Air Fryer Mac and Cheese is creamy and full of irresistible flavor that is ready in only 20 minutes! Once you try this, you will never make it the old fashioned way again! 

air fryer mac and cheese

Air Fryer Mac and Cheese

Y’all know how much we love mac and cheese in our house. From our Instant Pot Mac and cheese to our mini mac and cheese pies, it is all so good! 

Recently I have discovered an incredibly easy way to cook some of the creamiest Mac and cheese ever and that is in the Air Fryer! 

air fryer mac and cheese

I love this recipe because

  • I don’t have to cook the noodles first
  • It’s so quick and easy to do, even my kids can do it! 
  • Pretty much is a dump and cook meal which I always love
  • So incredibly creamy and delicious

How To Make Air Fryer Mac & Cheese

Preheat Air Fryer to 360 degrees.  

Using a deep 7” round pan, add the milk, dry mustard, and salt & pepper.  Mix well.

Add in the shredded cheese. Mix to combine.

Add in the macaroni noodles

Carefully place in your air fryer.

Cook for 20 minutes.  Stir at the halfway point.  

Once finished cooking, give the mac and cheese a good stirring.  

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • For this recipe, I love to use sharp cheese. It brings rich bold flavors into this dish, but you can use any type of cheese that you would like or a combination of different kinds. 
  • When you open your Air Fryer, it may look saucy, but after a quick stir, it will thicken right up. Let it cool for about 5 minutes and then it will become even thicker. 

Storage

Fridge

Store your leftover Air Fryer mac and cheese in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

What can I serve with this dish?

The great thing about mac and cheese is that it is so versatile. Serve it by itself or as a main dish or as a side. 

I love serving my mac and cheese with a side salad if I plan on having it be the star of the show.

If you are planning a BBQ serve it with Air Fryer Meatloaf, pulled pork, or BBQ Shredded chicken sandwiches. The possibilities are endless. 

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air fryer mac and cheese

Air Fryer Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Air Fryer Mac and Cheese is creamy and full of irresistible flavor that is ready in only 20 minutes! Once you try this, you will never make it the old fashioned way again!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Cups Macaroni Noodles
  • 2 ¼ Cups Milk
  • ½ TSP Dry Mustard
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

    1. Preheat Air Fryer to 360 degrees.  
    2. Using a deep 7” round pan, add the milk, dry mustard, and salt & pepper.  Mix well.
    3. Add in the shredded cheese. Mix to combine.
    4. Add in the macaroni noodles
    5. Carefully place in your air fryer.
    6. Cook for 20 minutes.  Stir at the halfway point.  
    7. Once finished cooking, give the mac and cheese a good stirring.  
    8. Serve & Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 515mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 20g

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Hana

Thursday 8th of April 2021

Update: Sauce is supposed to thicken after 5 mins, I have waited over 10. Then again, the cheese never melted so I suppose my sauce is just warm milk

Hana

Thursday 8th of April 2021

just checked at 10 mins, none of the cheese has melted and half the pasta is burned, how does this supposedly work?

Pam M.

Thursday 21st of January 2021

This tasted great! However, it looked a bit "curdled"-any idea of why or what to do differently next time to get a smoother sauce? Thank you!