Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese

This super creamy macaroni and cheese is flavored with garlic and parmesan cheese. It is a more grown-up version of macaroni and cheese, but just as easy to make as the classic.

Garlic and parmesan cheese are two of my favorite flavors. They work great with so many foods, like french fries, roasted vegetables and especially pasta!

We’ve been experiencing some cooler weather these last few weeks, which is unusual for late August. I’ve found myself in the mood for baking and eating warm foods again. And what is more warm and comforting than macaroni and cheese?


This macaroni and cheese is prepared on the stovetop. After the pasta is cooked, it is coated with a thick and creamy garlic parmesan cheese sauce.

Update! Recipe is now updated with video. You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube channel.

Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy garlic and parmesan cheese flavored macaroni and cheese.


  • 8 oz cellentani or pasta of your choice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp low fat milk
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • finely chopped parsley (optional)
  • ground black pepper (optional)


  1. Boil pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, add milk and garlic cloves. Simmer for a few minutes until garlic softens and flavor infuses into the milk. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, add butter. Bring saucepan to low heat until butter is melted. Add in flour and whisk until smooth roux forms. Remove and discard garlic cloves from milk and then add milk into roux.  Also add in heavy cream, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, garlic powder and mustard. Bring saucepan to medium heat. Whisk and stir until cheese is completely melted and sauce is thick and smooth.
  4. Add cooked pasta to cheese sauce, stirring until pasta is evenly coated. Garnish with parsley and fresh ground pepper if desired before serving.

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12 comments on “Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Looks delicious!  How beautiful!  Pinned. 

  2. Made this for dinner tonight.  YUMMY!!

  3. First recipe I’ve actually made from Pinterest! So easy and absolutely DELICIOUS!! Family’s new favorite Mac N’cheese they said!! I forgot to get the dried mustard so used a Garlic Mustard Aoli that I had in the fridge added about a tablespoon and it added the perfect amount of zest!! Thank you for the new recipe!! ?

  4. Thank you for this delicious recipe. I searched something like this since our holidays in the united states.

    Greetings from switzerland!

  5. I made this for 300 girls and staff at my church for a special girls night! Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. I have also made this for my family on several occasions, I literally have not found anyone who doesn’t like it!! Thank you so much for the amazing recipe!

  6. Made I and added cooked chopped up bacon. It was fabulous?

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