Easy Mac and Cheese

This Easy Mac and Cheese will leave your entire family questioning why you ever pulled out a box in the past. Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned Mac and Cheese but how about a Mac and Cheese with 16 grams of protein per serving? You could easily add additional protein to this too like ham, sausage, hot dogs, Air Fryer Blackened Chicken or my Macro Friendly Instant Pot Chili.

This recipe is so quick you can whip it up last minute when a craving strikes. It does require a lot of hand whisking though .. so be sure you’re not too sore from a arm workout. Kidding, kind of.

Both my kids love this Easy Mac and Cheese and we like switching up the noodles and adding different veggies and protein. The best switch up though – Chili Mac.


Try this one on your family and let me know what they think! 

You can swap out any noodle here. Macros with change. We always use Barilla or De Cecco. Use Banza or Barilla Protein + for added protein. 

Like any macaroni, in my opinion, it is best when eaten right away! We usually use the leftovers mixed with chili for Chili Mac or added with Air Fryer Blackened Chicken. 

Macro friendly recipes


6 Servings – 190 grams


“ohsnapmacros – Easy Mac and Cheese”

5 from 5 Reviews


Adjust Servings
12 oz. Cellentani Pasta Noodles (Barilla)
2 tbsp. salted butter
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1.5 cup whole milk
1 cup (85g) Medium Cheddar Cheese shreds at room temp
1 cup (85g) Reduced Fat Sharp Cheese - shredded, at room temp
Pinch of salt - add more later if needed
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Nutritional Information

380 Calories
14.2 Fat (grams)
47.9 Carbs (grams)
16.7 Protein (grams)
190g per serving. Yields 6 servings.



Cook your pasta noodles according to package prior to the below steps.
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Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add flour and stir until combined into a thick paste. Stir and cook the paste for 1 minute. Slowly add milk and continually whisk. Add salt and garlic. Simmer and whisk until everything is well combined and the sauce begins to thicken. Approx. 3 mins.
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Once the sauce has thickened, slowly add the cheese and mix until all the cheese has melted and a cheese sauce has formed. Add pasta and mix together. Enjoy!
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  • Suz

    Very good and way more healthy than velveeta!

  • Kande Smith

    This is delicious and was super easy to make. Please note, this is coming from someone who does not cook and has never made a gravy or cheese sauce. I was so nervous, but instructions were perfect and it came out great!!

  • Aimee

    What brand of cheese do you use?

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