Dinner, Lunch, Side Dishes

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Cooking method:

Ninja® Foodi™ 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fry Oven
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total time: 1h 15 mins
  • Skill Easy
  • Serves 8 people

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy and delicious!

TIP: Be sure to cook the pasta per the directions on the box.


Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Dairy, Wheat


  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • to taste Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni cooked using box directions
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

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  • Step 1

    In a blender or food processor, combine the cottage cheese, milk, Dijon and dry mustards, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, combine the cottage cheese mixture, elbow macaroni, cheddar, half of the mozzarella, and the Parmesan until well mixed. 

  • Step 3

    Coat the casserole dish with cooking spray. Arrange the pasta mixture in the dish. Cover tightly with foil.

  • Step 4

    Install a wire rack on Level 4. Select BAKE, set the temperature to 375°F, and set the time to 60 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin preheating.

  • Step 5

    When the unit has preheated, place the casserole dish on the wire rack. Close the oven door to begin cooking.

  • Step 6

    When the unit has preheated, place the casserole dish on the wire rack. Close the oven door to begin cooking.

  • Step 7

    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the panko with the melted butter and the remaining half of the mozzarella.

  • Step 8

    After 30 minutes, remove the casserole dish from the oven and remove the foil. Stir gently and spread the bread crumb mixture evenly on top.

  • Step 9

    Return the casserole dish to the oven and continue cooking for the remaining 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

  • Step 10

    When cooking is complete, let the macaroni and cheese cool for 10 minutes before serving.