Macaroni cheese

This Air Fryer Macaroni and Cheese recipe brings a delightful twist to the classic comfort food. Using an air fryer, this method provides a deliciously crispy top layer while keeping the inside creamy and cheesy. It’s an easy and quick way to enjoy homemade macaroni and cheese with minimal cleanup.


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • Cooking spray (for the air fryer basket)


Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Cooking Intensity: Moderate

Step 1: Cook the Macaroni

  1. Cook the macaroni according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Step 2: Make Cheese Sauce

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Gradually whisk in the milk and heavy cream, stirring continuously until the mixture thickens.
  4. Add the shredded cheddar and Parmesan cheese to the sauce, stirring until the cheese melts and the sauce is smooth. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

Step 3: Combine Macaroni and Cheese Sauce

  1. Mix the cooked macaroni with the cheese sauce, ensuring the macaroni is evenly coated.

Step 4: Air Fry

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 360°F (182°C).
  2. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  3. Transfer the macaroni and cheese into the basket. Do not overfill; cook in batches if necessary.
  4. Air fry for 8-10 minutes until the top is golden and crispy.

Step 5: Serving

  1. Carefully remove the macaroni and cheese from the air fryer and serve warm.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 610 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fat: 35 g (Saturated Fat: 21 g)
  • Cholesterol: 105 mg
  • Sodium: 540 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 5 g

Note: Nutritional values are approximate and can vary based on ingredient choices and portion sizes.

This Air Fryer Macaroni and Cheese recipe is perfect for those who love a crispy crust on their mac and cheese. It’s a quick and satisfying meal, ideal for busy weeknights or when you crave comfort food without the fuss. Enjoy the creamy interior and crunchy top layer that the air fryer so perfectly creates! 🧀🍴

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