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Air Fryer Mac and Cheese

Air Fryer Mac and Cheese is ultra rich and cheesy with just 8 ingredients that are easy to assemble for a quick and simple weeknight meal!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 390kcal



  • 8 ounces macaroni cooked al dente in salted water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup cream
  • 8 ounce cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine the macaroni, seasonings, milk, cream and half the cheese in 2 non-stick round pans.
  • Cook at 360F degrees for 7 minutes. **You will need to cook in 2 batches.
  • Stir in the remaining cheese and cook another 2-4 minutes, until lightly browned and bubbly.
  • Remove and serve.


  1. Be sure to cook your macaroni al dente. This will ensure it doesn’t overcook and get too soft in the mac and cheese.
  2. For the best melting cheese, use freshly grated cheese from a block. Avoid pre-shredded cheese as it doesn’t melt as well.
  3. You’ll need to use a pan that fits in your air fryer. If you’re using a smaller pan, reduce the cooking time to avoid over cooking the mac and cheese.
  4. This recipe makes a large batch of mac and cheese, so you’ll need to air fry in 2 batches. Feel free to half the recipe and just air fry one batch.
  5. While I used cheddar, you can use different kinds of cheese like mozzarella, parmesan, gruyere or gouda.
  6. Change things up by adding different dried herbs and spices. Sometimes we like to add a little Cajun seasoning to spice things up.
  7. You can also add some pre-cooked chicken, ham or bacon, or veggies like chopped peppers or green peas.
  8. Air fryers can vary so you may need to adjust the temperature and air frying time slightly.


Serving: 0.5cups | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 658mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 819IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 341mg | Iron: 1mg