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.
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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?
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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.
close-up photo of a spoon in a bowl of garlic parmesan macaroni and cheese

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

Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Creamy garlic and parmesan cheese flavored macaroni and cheese.


  • 8 oz cellentani or pasta of your choice
  • 2 tbsp unsalted 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.
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 495 Calories from Fat 359
% Daily Value*
Fat 39.9g61%
Saturated Fat 23.3g146%
Trans Fat 0.8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9g
Monounsaturated Fat 12.2g
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 516.4mg22%
Carbohydrates 20.4g7%
Fiber 4.8g20%
Sugar 8.5g9%
Protein 18.2g36%
Vitamin A 1250IU25%
Vitamin C 152.6mg185%
Calcium 470mg47%
Iron 1.4mg8%
Net Carbs 16g32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.
Creamy Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese


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22 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?

  7. 5 stars
    Added some breadcrumbs at the end. Gave it some nice texture!

  8. 5 stars
    I have made quite a few recipes for Alfredo and they always aren’t quite right and I never knew what to add to them and then I made this and realized that infusing the garlic into the milk makes all the difference!!!! At least that’s what I think. This recipe is AMAZING!!! 

  9. We loved this recipe!!! I made it for company and it got cleaned out!!! Love how cheesy they were and great flavor!!

  10. 5 stars
    I made this Mac and cheese tonight and it was delicious. It had so much flavor and it was easy to make. I will be making this again for sure. 

  11. 5 stars
    Made this recipe today. We didn’t have heavy cream so I used 1/2 cup milk and everything still cooked up a nice consistency, very gooey and delicious.

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