Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese

Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese

I should own a T-shirt that says: “Will Run for Mac & Cheese.” Pasta and cheese together are such a delightful combination.   This Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese is easy, super tasty and is a bit healthier for you.

Healthy, Simple Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese - The easiest homemade mac & cheese you'll ever make! / Running in a Skirt

Hi guys!

I realized last week I was on shrimp recipe binge.  Between the Baked Coconut Shrimp, Kale and Shrimp Chowder and Goat Cheese and Shrimp Quesadilla, I have probably “shrimped” you guys out.  I sound like Bubba Gump for crying out loud!  Instead of buying a shrimp boat, I got myself a better calendar and started getting a little more organized on planning my blog posts.

I promise a shrimp hiatus for at least a few weeks.  Deal?

I think with fall here it is about time to talk comfort food.  Creamy, cheesy food with a healthy spin!  I seriously think this dish might be one of my all time favorites.

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Healthy, Simple Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese - The easiest homemade mac & cheese you'll ever make! / Running in a Skirt

My Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese comes together with just a handful of ingredients and could not be easier or tastier!

Healthy, Simple Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese - The easiest homemade mac & cheese you'll ever make! / Running in a Skirt

Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese.  It’s America’s comfort food.  It’s filling, comforting and something that makes you feel so cozy.  It’s not always the best for you though.

But what if I told you that you could have your noodles and get some protein too? This version of the classic fare uses Greek yogurt to amp up the protein factor.  I added enough spices to make it taste like the real thing though!

Healthy, Simple Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese - The easiest homemade mac & cheese you'll ever make! / Running in a Skirt

You can make your Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese as healthy or as unhealthy as you’d like by adding whole-wheat pasta and reduced-fat cheese.  Either way to Greek Yogurt adds probiotics and protein.

Healthy, Simple Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese - The easiest homemade mac & cheese you'll ever make! / Running in a Skirt

You make the dish in one pot, so it is super easy to throw together after a run or on a busy day.   The creamy Greek yogurt allows the cheese to melt perfectly without making a fancy sauce.  It’s such a fabulous shortcut.

In fact, this might be the easiest Mac & Cheese you make… even as easy as the box.  But this tastes better than the box and is better for you.

Healthy, Simple Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese - The easiest homemade mac & cheese you'll ever make! / Running in a Skirt

Just be careful with a delicious pot like this as it will be gone in no time.  My family eats it all in one sitting so I wouldn’t plan on having any leftovers!

Healthy, Simple Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese - The easiest homemade mac & cheese you'll ever make! / Running in a Skirt

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Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Pasta and cheese together is such a delightful combination. This Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese is easy, super tasty and is a bit healthier for you.

Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Julie Wunder
Ingredients
  • 2 cups macaroni elbow pasta
  • ¼ cup reserved pasta water
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and reserve ¼ cup of the water you cooked the pasta in for the sauce. Do not rinse the pasta.
  2. Return the pasta to the pot, and add the pasta water, cheese and yogurt. Stir until the cheese melts and the pasta is coated.
  3. Stir in the salt, pepper and spices. Adjust to taste.
Recipe Notes

This recipe can be super healthy with whole-wheat pasta, low-fat cheese and 0% low-fat Greek yogurt. This skinny variation works well and tastes great. To make it super creamy, use at least 2% Greek yogurt and regular cheddar cheese.

Check out my recipe page for more healthy meal ideas!

Your turn!

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By | 2019-03-28T16:07:45-04:00 October 21st, 2014|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Meals|20 Comments

20 Comments

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  2. Nicole @ Waterloo, with Love November 3, 2014 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I love greek yogurt, and I love Mac & Cheese – this recipe is just… perfect. 🙂

  3. Susanna @Zealous Mom October 25, 2014 at 7:36 am - Reply

    This sounds so delicious! I love healthier versions of traditional comfort foods. I can’t wait to try this. I’m a huge Greek yogurt fan.

    • JulieWunder October 25, 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply

      Me too! Sadly when I have insomnia I think about all the recipes I can make with it! haha!

  4. Heather @fitncookies October 22, 2014 at 9:34 am - Reply

    This looks delicious! Honestly I definitely have the ingredients and will be making this soon.

  5. Thanks for linking up with us this week. This looks really good. I would not have thought to add the Greek yogurt. Good idea. Looks yummy! Hope to see more of your recipes 🙂

  6. Tina muir October 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    This sounds SO good! I have always wanted to try mac and cheese with greek yogurt, and now you have done it for me! I know it works now! YUM! Win for me as its healthy, and win for my man as its cheesy! Thanks for the recipe, and thanks for linking up with us 🙂 Hope you will join us again next week!

  7. MILLIE October 21, 2014 at 9:42 am - Reply

    THIS REALLY SOUNDS GOOD, I WILL TRY THIS, MY COMFORT FOOD IS
    CORN BREAD AND BUTTERMILK, SOUNDS BAD BUT ITS GOOD, HAVE A GREAT DAY

  8. Annmarie October 21, 2014 at 8:47 am - Reply

    What an awesome idea to use yogurt! I can’t eat it but I’d definitely make this for my kiddos 🙂

  9. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie October 21, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

    You know shrimp mac and cheese is always a winner? ; )

  10. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections October 21, 2014 at 8:31 am - Reply

    This is a great idea. Why have I never thought of this? Okay I think your mac n cheese and my rolls would definitely be a preggo lady’s carb heaven right now. Mmm!

    • JulieWunder October 21, 2014 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Seriously!!! I’m not preggo and I’m totally wanting that now 🙂 You have a good excuse!

  11. Jessie October 21, 2014 at 8:15 am - Reply

    It’s actually quite hard to find Greek Yogurt all the times where I live, but I’ll be keeping my eyes out for some so I can make these creamy mac & cheese. I think I’d add in some chicken for a little extra protein.

    • JulieWunder October 21, 2014 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Great idea! I’m sure that would work well. Bummer about the Greek Yogurt 🙁

  12. Jenny October 21, 2014 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Genius! I love the addition of greek yogurt…this is going to happen ASAP.

    Our family knows that I will find a way to sneak veggies into anything. I blend a handful of spinach or kale into pancakes, oatmeal, brownies, most any baked good…as long as I use a bit of banana in the recipe too, no one can taste the greens, everything just IS green. 😉 Popeye would be proud.

    • JulieWunder October 21, 2014 at 7:46 am - Reply

      That is awesome! What a good way to good extra vitamins.

  13. Blane Sherer October 21, 2014 at 5:56 am - Reply

    I especially liked your a day in the life blog from
    yesterday. I have a daughter who was named after
    Maya Angelou, so I certainly appreciated your quote
    of hers. This recipe looks good today.

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