Creamy Air Fryer Macaroni & Cheese Recipe: No, You Didn't Read Wrong by 30Seconds Food

Creamy Air Fryer Macaroni & Cheese Recipe: No, You Didn't Read Wrong

Macaroni and cheese in the air fryer? Yep! This easy air fryer macaroni and cheese recipe is yet another way to use that air fryer.

To make this creamy air-fried mac and cheese you'll need elbow macaroni, shredded cheddar cheese, whole milk, heavy cream, butter and ground mustard. The ingredients are mixed together in a square baking pan and then air fried for about 20 to 25 minutes. Stir and sit down to a plate of cheesy macaroni and cheese that required minimal effort or prep.

Do not cook the pasta beforehand – it goes in uncooked. For the creamiest mac and cheese, shred the cheese yourself instead of buying it pre-shredded. Serve this macaroni and cheese for lunch or as a side dish with dinner

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 to 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni or other short pasta (uncooked)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a square baking pan (8 inches). Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Put the pan into the air fryer and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, stirring every 6 to 7 minutes. Let it sit a few minutes before serving so the sauce can thicken. 

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Now that’s a great and easy Mac and cheese recipe πŸ˜‹
Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, what a great idea. So simple, and so delish!
Ann Marie Patitucci
Air fryer mac and cheese?! No way!

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