Dinner, Kid-Friendly, Side Dishes

Smoked Mac & Cheese

  • Prep 10 mins
  • Preheat 10 mins
  • Total 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 10

TIP: While traditional baked mac & cheese isn’t stirred, we recommend stirring this version to ensure the smoke flavor penetrates evenly throughout the dish while cooking.

TIP: For a gluten-free recipe, use cooked gluten-free pasta of choice and gluten-free bread crumbs and cook as instructed.


  • Contains Milk/Dairy
  • Contains Wheat

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy, Wheat

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  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1–2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 box (16 ounces) elbow or penne pasta, al dente
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • Large Bowl
  • Whisk
  • 2-quart baking dish
  • Small Bowl
  • Step 1

    Install the Accessory Frame in the bottom level of the unit, then place the Pizza Stone on top with the ninja logo in the front right corner. While holding the smoke box open, use the pellet scoop to pour pellets into the smoke box until filled to the top. Close the box.

  • Step 2

    Turn dial to select BAKE. Select WOODFIRE FLAVOR. Set temperature to 375F and set time to 35 minutes. Select START/STOP to begin preheating (preheating will take approx. 10 minutes).

  • Step 3

    In a large bowl, whisk together stock, milk, heavy cream, cornstarch, and all seasonings. Add cooked pasta, half of both cheeses and stir to evenly combine. Transfer the mac & cheese to a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.

  • Step 4

    When unit is preheated and ADD FOOD and PRS STRT is displayed, open door, place baking dish on the unit. Close door and select START/STOP to begin cooking. Stir the mac & cheese every 10 minutes.

  • Step 5

    In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and melted butter. When 5 minutes remain, open door, remove dish from oven, and top with remaining cheese and bread crumb mixture. Return the dish to the oven, close door and cook for the remaining 5 minutes.

  • Step 6

    When cooking is complete, open door, remove dish and let mac & cheese cool slightly before serving.