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Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese

Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese recipe: a healthy and low fat Mac and Cheese with greek yogurt, cheese, and a perfect spice blend.  It’s homemade in one pot and is so good everyone will want seconds.  In fact, this is the BEST Healthy Mac & Cheese that’s so easy to make you’ll forget the Kraft box ever existed! 

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

Mac and Cheese.  Just saying the words brings me all sorts of cozy feelings.  It’s not only my favorite comfort food… but America’s comfort food as well.  It’s filling, comforting, and something that makes you feel so GOOD.  My version is a deliciously CREAMY Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese that is still surprisingly healthy, low fat, and low cal with a protein boost from the Greek Yogurt.

Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese Recipe

It’s seriously creamy, cheesy, and with the perfect healthy spin.  I added enough spices to the magic cheese sauce to make it taste like the real thing though.

I seriously think this Healthy Mac and Cheese might be one of my all-time favorites.  Let’s dive in!

Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese recipe on a blue napkin.

Why you’ll love this Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese…

I know making the box Mac and Cheese is easy.  I honestly do it too in a pinch.  BUT I swear if you keep the ingredients for this recipe around my version of the Healthy Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese recipe can come together even faster than the Velveeta OR Kraft box.  It’s made in only one pot and takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish.  The magic happens when you melt the cheese into the greek yogurt creating the PERFECT creamy sauce without all the full of making a roux or anything like that.

Isn’t it crazy how rich that cheese sauce looks without all the work???

Elbow macaroni with a creamy cheese sauce.

Ingredients in Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese

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

  • Pasta: Buy your favorite kind but I love the classic macaroni noodle for this!  For extra nutrition consider buying whole wheat or one with added protein.
  • Greek Yogurt: Pick a plain greek yogurt.  For fewer calories pick a 0% or low fat but for a creamier final product pick 5% or whole milk.
  • Cheese: I like a quality sharp cheddar cheese for this to get that classic taste.  You can pick low fat or whole milk depending on your preferences.
  • Spices: Dried mustard and a touch of paprika give this the classic Mac & Cheese flavoring.

The only other ingredient is some of the pasta water you cook the noodles in.  Pasta water has natural starches in it from the pasta that helps keep the sauce stay creamy and moist.  It also helps the cheese melt without a fancy sauce.

Overhead shot with macaroni with a healthy homemade sauce.

How to make creamy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese?

Are you wondering how to make creamy greek yogurt Mac and Cheese?  It’s surprisingly easy and here’s a step by step guide!

  1. Cook your pasta according to the directions on the box.  Before you drain the noodles save 1/2 cup of the water the pasta was cooked in.
  2. Drain the pasta and return it to the hot pot.  Turn the burner off but leave the pot on the warm stove.
  3. Add the greek yogurt, cheese, and spices to the pot.  Add a couple of tablespoons of the pasta water.  Stir until the cheese melts.  If it seems a bit dry add a few more tablespoons of water.  I usually end up adding about a 1/4 cup.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.

It’s that easy.  Honesty I think it’s just as simple as any box but so much healthier.  I love knowing that I’m feeding my family something good.

Close up of Healthy Mac & Cheese

Variations on this Healthy Mac and Cheese

You can make your homemade and healthy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese super good for you with some of the products you make it with or a bit more indulgent.  Here are low-cal, low-fat and gluten-free options.

  1. You can pick plain pasta, whole wheat, or protein pasta.  You can even make the dish gluten-free by picking a gluten-free pasta.
  2. You can pick a higher fat yogurt for a more indulgent meal.  A low fat yogurt will make a more low cal final product.
  3. Same with your cheese!  A whole milk cheese will make a creamier finished product.
  4. I love the classic sharp cheddar cheese but you can mix up the type of cheese you use for different flavors! Gouda or mozzarella is a great one too.
  5. For extra veggies stir in some spinach, kale, or even broccoli at the end.

Any way you make it the Greek Yogurt adds probiotics and protein!

Macaroni and Cheese on a fork that's made in one pot!

Low Fat Mac and Cheese With Greek Yogurt

To make a low fat Mac and Cheese with Greek Yogurt use the 0% greek yogurt and low fat cheese!  If you are watching calories this is a great way to have your favorite comfort food without all the calories.

 

Can I use Greek Yogurt Instead of Milk in Mac and Cheese?

YES! This recipe uses no milk and greek yogurt instead.  It allows you to get a creamy texture without making a traditional cheese sauce.  It’s pure magic.

 

Mac and Cheese made with greek yogurt

This is really a one-pot wonder!  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 milk or even making a fancy sauce.  It’s such a fabulous shortcut.

Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese recipe

In fact, this Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese might be the easiest Mac & Cheese you make… even as easy as the box with that questionable orange powder.  But this tastes better than the box and is better for you.  Just be careful with a delicious pot like this as it will be gone in no time.  It’s twin and hubby approved.

My family eats it all in one sitting so I wouldn’t plan on having any leftovers!  If you do though it reheats well in the microwave.

 

 

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Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese recipe

Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese

Julie Wunder
This Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese is easy, super tasty and surprisingly healthy for you! Look no further for the perfect Low Fat Mac and Cheese with Greek Yogurt.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 380 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups macaroni elbow pasta
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of the water you cooked the pasta in for the sauce. Do not rinse the pasta.
  • Turn off the burner and return the pasta to the warm pot, and add the cheese, greek yogurt. Add a few tablespoons of the reserved pasta water. Stir until the cheese melts and the pasta is coated. Add a few more tablespoons of the pasta water as needed until you get the right consistency.
  • Stir in the salt, pepper and spices. Adjust to taste.

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 26gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 363mgPotassium: 194mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 195IUCalcium: 283mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese, Healthy Mac and Cheese, Low Fat Mac and Cheese with Greek Yogurt
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By | 2020-09-17T15:13:50-04:00 May 20th, 2020|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Meals|28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Lindsey September 30, 2020 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing!!! My husband and I like to eat healthy but wanted something comforting and came across this recipe. We made it with chickpea shell pasta and added spinach. We couldn’t believe how easy, good, and healthy it was and packed with protein. Thank you! Will definitely be making it again!

  2. Nisha July 16, 2020 at 5:23 am - Reply

    I just tried this out and boy was it a DELICIOUS mac and cheese. I added in salmon and broccoli as well. I’ll admit I was a little hesitant about adding the mustard (i didn’t have dry so i used the liquid one) because my previous attempt using yoghurt in mac and cheese came out pretty tangy and I was afraid that the mustard would add to that, but boy was i wrong. It elevated the taste of the dish and with paprika too, just perfect. I love how delicious and healthy it is. Thank you for sharing this!

  3. Natalie May 21, 2020 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    My kid loves mac&cheese. This recipe is so healthy and packed with only a good things. I will definitely switch to this version and serve him this creamy deliciousness from now on.

  4. Leslie May 21, 2020 at 10:25 am - Reply

    5 stars
    My kids will no longer let me make boxed mac and cheese! lol. Your recipe is a bit healthier than a few I have tried. I need to try it out bc I love that you used greek yogurt!

  5. Sarah May 20, 2020 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    We love greek yogurt but never would have thought to include it in mac and cheese! Will definitely be trying this!

  6. Deborah Brooks May 20, 2020 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I also love to make mac n cheese. I have not tried it with Greek Yogurt yet but I will. Thanks for the idea

  7. Rachel May 20, 2020 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    I never would have thought to use Greek yogurt. What a wonderful substitution for traditional mac and cheese!

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  10. 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. 🙂

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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 🙂

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. 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 🙂

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

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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 🙁

  20. 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.

  21. 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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