Creamy, Homemade Organic Mac N’ Cheese Recipe

Organic mac n cheese - creamy like panera's version and healthier!

I don’t know about you, but my kids absolutely love macaroni and cheese. But I’m not a fan of the boxed versions because they are either completely unhealthy, or the organic versions are just way too expensive for my thrifty budget. I love making macaroni and cheese from scratch because it’s easy to make, easy on my wallet, and it’s better tasting than any boxed mix I’ve tried.

When I make this, I’m able to use all organic ingredients. Don’t you love knowing what’s going into your meals and ultimately into the bellies of your kids? Here’s my recipe:

Creamy, Homemade Organic Mac Nā€™ Cheese Recipe


  • 2 cups organic noodles
  • 2 1/2-3 cups of organic milk
  • 1/2 stick organic butter
  • 2 cups shredded organic cheese
  • salt
  • paprika (optional)


  1. Place noodles and milk in a medium pot and bring to a boil. The milk should just cover the noodles with about an inch of space.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until all the milk is absorbed into the noodles (stir frequently).
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in butter, shredded cheese and salt to taste.
  5. If you enjoy a little paprika, add a little of that to your bowl for some yummy, creamy, paprika goodness.

The trick to making this recipe super, extra creamy is cooking the noodles in milk. This makes the macaroni and cheese creamy, just like Panera makes their version…..zomg! So good!

How do you like your macaroni and cheese? Have you made this version? Tell me how you like it! And if you like to add some fun spices to your boil, please do tell me about it as I love mixing things up when I make my organic mac n’ cheese!

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By |2013-12-02T02:33:20-04:00July 1st, 2013|Healthy Eating|15 Comments

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I'm a former sweet-tooth turned health-nut. After a difficult loss of a first pregnancy and having a second child with a heart condition, I became obsessed with health and wellness. I revamped our entire family's lifestyle, dropped seven pant sizes, and created a website where I could share our story and help support people wanting to make small changes day by day in order to live well. I also support my family by the work that I do here through advertising content, affiliates, and partnership/consultant links within content. When you click and/or order, it puts food on our table. Thanks for all your support, and may you live well and thrive!


  1. Trisha Berens July 1, 2013 at 10:23 am - Reply

    What kind of cheese do you use?

    • Crystal Collins July 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      I use a white cheddar that I get from a local health food store. Any kind of cheddar will work well with this!

  2. CyndiMac July 2, 2013 at 10:44 am - Reply

    This sounds delish! I’m having a difficult time working out the math in my head to find it cheaper than Annie’s Mac and Cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I’d MUCH rather have the homemade. Annie’s typically goes on sale for $1 a box at Kroger. I’ve always felt that after I used a whole bag of organic cheese, lots of organic milk and organic noodles that I’m way above that dollar. Is there something I’m missing? I’d rather make it myself!

    • Crystal Collins July 2, 2013 at 11:44 am - Reply

      You’re definitely right if you buy the pre-shredded organic cheese. I buy my cheese in bulk from a local store, and shred it myself. You’re almost always better off buying the cheese in a big block and shredding yourself. Also, if the organic is too expensive for you, Whole Foods Market has a pretty good 365 brand that I will buy on occasion. It isn’t organic, but it’s close to it.

  3. Deanna July 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    I make a sauce with roasted butternut squash, parmasean cheese, milk and nutmeg. It comes out orange like the boxed stuff but soooo much better. My 2 yr old loves it. šŸ™‚

    • Elizabeth June 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Your sauce sounds amazing! Would you mind sending me the measurements?

      Thanks so much!

  4. Michelle@SimplifyLiveLove July 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    This looks really tasty! I love the idea of cooking the noodles in the milk. YUMMM!

  5. ana November 25, 2014 at 9:03 am - Reply

    how many servings is this???

  6. Shari January 2, 2015 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I just made this tonight & I followed the instructions exactly but I added the 2 1/2 cups of milk but it came out to be way to much! It was more like a soup! I’m putting in more macoroni noodles so hopefully they will soak up the milk. I’m sure it’s yummy even though it’s like soup!

    • Crystal Collins January 13, 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Oh no! Sorry to hear that! Yes, definitely try less milk or more noodles in your case.

  7. rickee March 7, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I just made this but my noodles didn’t cook all the way before all the milk was absorbed.. any hints to why this happened?

  8. Christy July 31, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    This was awesome Crystal! Amazing secret way to boil the noodles…so creamy! I made this for my boyfriend tonight, we’ve been living in Europe and good Mac & Cheese just isn’t something they know…Thanks for fulfilling a serious craving!!

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