Air Fryer Four Cheese Mac n Cheese Recipe

Recipe Category: Air-Fryer


Air Fryer Four Cheese Mac N Cheese Recipe


Serves : 4 to 6


COOKING TIME: 25 minutes

  • 12 ounces dried macaroni pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons al-purpose flour
  • 2½ cups half and half
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Fontina cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Gouda cheese (not smoked)
  • 1/3 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs


  1. Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente – about 8 minutes
  2. Drain and set aside
  3. Heat a medium to large saucepan over medium heat
  4. Add and melt the butter
  5. Add the flour and stir well to coat with butter, cooking for a minute or two
  6. Whisk in the half and half and whisk until smooth
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer the sauce until it thickens – about 5 minutes
  8. Remove the half and half mixture from the heat
  9. Mix the Cheddar, Fontina and Gouda cheeses together and set ½ cup of the cheese mixture aside
  10. Add the remaining cheese mixture to the sauce and stir until melted
  11. Add the blue cheese and stir until smooth
  12. Season with pinch of nutmeg, salt and pepper
  13. Add breadcrumbs and the melted butter to the reserved ½ cup cheese
  14. Toss to combine
  15. Pre-heat the air fryer to 360º F
  16. Combine the drained hot pasta and cheese sauce and stir well
  17. Transfer the mixture to a 1½-quart ceramic baking dish
  18. Sprinkle the ½ cup of cheese and the breadcrumbs on top and cover with the aluminum foil
  19. Transfer the dish to the basket of the air fryer, lowering the dish into the basket using a sling made of aluminum foil (fold a piece of aluminum foil into a strip about 2-inches wide by 24-inches long)
  20. Fold the ends of the aluminum foil over the top of the dish before returning the basket to the air fryer
  21. Air-fry for 25 minutes, removing the aluminum foil for the last 5 minutes of cooking
  22. Cover with aluminum foil and Air fry for 20 minutes
  23. Remove the aluminum foil cover and air-fry for an additional 5 minutes to toast the breadcrumbs and cheese

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