Whole Wheat Creamy Mac and Cheese

31 Reviews / 4.4 Average
Making mac and cheese from scratch is almost as easy as the boxed stuff, and the homemade version tastes SO MUCH better (at least in my opinion). With very little ingredients and only 15 minutes of your time, you can make this Creamy (Whole-wheat) Mac and Cheese recipe your family will love.
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creamy mac and cheese recipe made with whole wheat noodles and cheese in a white bowl

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I had a reader tell me that she and her husband decided to race against each other – one making homemade creamy mac and cheese and the other making it out of a box – and it took them the same amount of time!

Whole Wheat Creamy Mac and Cheese Recipe

To be honest, I can’t even hardly eat the boxed stuff anymore because the taste of the powdered cheese just doesn’t cut it for me like it did in the old days.

I’ve shared a mac and cheese recipe on the blog before, but recently discovered a different way to make it (below).

One night I was actually making Fettuccine Alfredo as a side dish, but I didn’t have any fettuccine on hand so I used macaroni noodles instead. My younger daughter said “Oh mommy, thank you for making macaroni and cheese.” (one of her favorites), and I said “Well, this isn’t exactly ‘macaroni’ babe.”

Creamy No Roux Mac and Cheese Recipe

But that gave me an idea. Instead of starting with a roux (butter and flour) to make macaroni maybe I could alter my Alfredo recipe and use less cream and lots more cheese for a new, creamy version of macaroni and cheese. And voila! Here you have it below…

Using Whole Wheat Macaroni in This Recipe

Dishes like mac and cheese are a great example of how easy it is to incorporate whole food comfort options into your weekly meal plan! This recipe for instance makes the simple switch to whole wheat macaroni for added protein and nutrients, as well as a creamy cheese sauce as opposed to a traditional roux. It’s creamy, satisfying and much more nutritious than the boxed alternative. Enjoy!

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  1. The whole wheat creamy mac and cheese recipe is a healthier and tastier alternative to the boxed stuff. It’s easy to make and perfect for a comfort food meal…

  2. Does this recipe come out with a gritty texture? I have two picky kids that are use to Kraft, but I’m trying to cut out all the junk food.

  3. 5 stars
    Up until now, the kids have either preferred the stuff out of the blue box. They love this stuff! Very creamy and delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    I have been making this for a couple of years now, and my kids (and their parents) absolutely love it!! I use some White American from the deli, some Parmesan, and some cheddar. It’s always amazing.

  5. And a little bit of prepared mustard. That is how we made it growing up – sharp cheese, mustard, and a bit of minced onion added to the hot pasta.

  6. This sounds easy and wonderful! Curious – have you ever frozen your cream and then tried to use it for this type of recipe?

  7. Can you clarify in the recipe that the 1.5 cups refers to dry macaroni? I had to read the comments to find that. The description in the recipe says cooked.

  8. 5 stars
    My family doesn’t usually eat whole wheat pasta so I wasn’t sure how this would go over. None of us even noticed any difference! And this is the best homemade mac n cheese recipe I’ve tried, period! And bonus – SUPER easy!!

  9. I tried this tonight! I doubles the recipe thinking one and a half cups was nothing.. But three made A LOT! I did use whole wheat noodles. I was out of butter, so I put a tiny bit of oil instead. I probably could have skipped it all together, and I’m wondering how delicious this is with the butter! Even without it was great. I used crumbled feta, Monterey Jack, and grated some sharp white cheddar. I didn’t measure any of those, just did it to my liking. This was so much better than any roux method I have tried. I cut up a few pieces of grilled chicken, threw it in, and boom!

  10. 4 stars
    This was so yummy! Used milk since I didn’t have any cream on hand and it still turned out great and the kids loved it! Thanks so much for an easy healthy recipe. The kiddos had a blast helping make it.

  11. Quick question; I make this all the time, but this weekend, I am making it for a crowd. Do you think you can make it in advance, load in a casserole dish and then warm in the oven, or will that ruin it?

    1. Michelle did it turn out? I am going to make for a large crowd this weekend too. about 40 people and i am using for a side dish. Let me know if you get this because I plan on making tomorrow. Thanks!!!

      1. Yes it turned out great:) i used a variety of cheeses too cheddar, parmesean, and it was perfect! I made the day before and then refrigerated them when i baked them the next day they were perfect!

  12. We are under going a kitchen remodel so are without a stove or oven, (or sink or counters). I made this dish all in the microwave since my 6 year old daughter burst into tears the other night saying she wanted mac and cheese. It came out delicious, very creamy and very easy. To add more heft, I added some sliced kielbasa for the men in the family. Would make this again. Thank you!

  13. I was not so lucky…tasted great, but came out a gooey mess! I even tried adding more cream as I mixed the noodles and cheese. Where did I go wrong? Not creamy at all. Help?

    1. It is likely that your pasta was slightly under done; al dente maybe. Pasta continues to absorb liquid so cooking the noodles a little longer to make them softer would help.

  14. This Mac and Cheese was absolutely delicious and SUPER easy to make and much healthier than my previous recipe. I used a combination of Asiago and Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese and it was such a hit with my children and my husband! I doubled the recipe and had leftovers for my husband to take to work for lunch the following day. I kept it warm in the crock pot for a couple hours and it still tasted yummy!!

  15. I made this just now. I used pepper jack, medium cheddar and sharp cheddar and a sprinkle of Parmesan on top. It’s decent. It’s not a replication of the boxed stuff. Which might not be a bad thing. Hubby loves it even with the whole grain noodles.

  16. Can you make the sauce separately (without mixing in the noodles) and then freeze it? I do this with another recipe.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. You can freeze it but it changes the texture of the sauce somewhat.

  17. 5 stars
    Thank you for the great recipe. I tried this recipe several times with different types of cheeses – my husband and I enjoyed them all but for my 6 and 4 year olds, they didn’t like it until I used all white american cheese. I asked the person at the deli counter to give me a large chunk of white american and shredded it at home. When my daughter tried it, she first said “It tastes better than I thought it would” and after a few bites she said it was the “best mac and cheese ever” and it was “perfect”. Thank you for a mac and cheese recipe I can feed my children that is not out of the box, which by the way was previously my daughter’s “favorite” mac and cheese.

  18. All I can say is YUM! Made this tonight and my hubby loved it! I may try adding bacon to it next time, but it was delicious as is. And very easy!! I’ll be making this often.

  19. 5 stars
    Have you ever tried subbing the cream for whole milk ( I always have milk but not always cream)? I tried but the cheese clumped up and didn’t stick to the noodles. Any tips? Thanks! Love this recipe?

  20. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hello Jane. We don’t count calories. Our focus is simply on getting real food into people’s lives and helping them get rid of the processed stuff. Once that happens a lot of other things regarding eating habits often just fall into place. However, there are online tools like My Fitness Pal that can calculate nutrition and calorie details for you. ~Amy

  21. Made this last night and added some uncured thick bacon similar to Applegate’s brand…SO GOOD! Tasted like something out of a fancy restaurant :)

  22. Tried it to the recipe stated, the cheese was too thick. Used 1 tbsp of sour cream and milk to thin it down. Pretty darn good:)

  23. Would this freeze well? The cream we get us a little expensive, so I try to batch cook with it & freeze extras. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

      1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

        Hey Jane. We do not track calories here…on purpose. We just want people focusing on getting rid of processed foods and replacing them with the good stuff that is real, whole, and fresh. :) If you want calorie details, there are tools online like My Fitness Pal and others, that can do that for you. ~Amy

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello Ashley. Other readers have used regular milk, almond milk, coconut milk, and even yogurt. ~Amy

  24. I use Coconut Milk and Rice flour Macaroni and also add a finely chopped onion, a teaspoon Mustard Powder and a half Teaspoon Smoked Paprika . . . Every time we have from basic Family gatherings to big fancy dinner parties, people rave about it and it is always finished first.