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Baked Yogurt Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Tonya | The Midwest Kitchen Blog
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Creamy Yogurt Mac and Cheese is the ultimate cheesy pasta dinner. It is made with a creamy tangy cheese sauce made with yogurt and cheddar cheese and elbow pasta.


  • 2 cups elbow pasta, dry

  • 4 tablespoons butter, unsalted

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup yogurt

  • 14 slices American cheese

  • 5 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded and divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Boil the elbow pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and set it aside. 


  2. In a large pot on medium-high heat, melt the butter. Then add in the water and yogurt, then stir to combine. 

  3. Add in the slices of American cheese, stir, and cook until all the cheese is melted and you have a creamy sauce. Add in half of the shredded cheddar cheese, the ground paprika, ground black pepper, and salt. Cook until all the cheese has melted. 

  4. Add the drained elbow pasta to the cheese sauce, add in half of the remaining shredded cheese and stir to combine. 

  5. Pour the mac and cheese mixture into the 9 x 13 baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese over top. 

  6. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bubbly. Allow the mac and cheese to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Can be wrapped in plastic wrap or stored in air-tight baggies in the refrigerator for 1 week or several weeks in the freezer. 

Keywords: yogurt mac and cheese, mac and cheese, homemade mac and cheese, american cheese, cheddar cheese, pasta dish

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