Yogurt Mac and Cheese
Last month I teamed up with a yogurt brand on Instagram to create a recipe hack using their delicious creamy yogurt. I had never tried using yogurt in mac and cheese before but it seemed like it would be a good swap for milk in the cheese sauce. And good news: it is!
Using yogurt instead of milk makes the sauce extra creamy and gives it a wonderful tangy flavor that really elevates the original. Cultured dairy products are also a lot easier on my digestive system so this swap or “hack” was a win-win for me. Iley approved of this recipe and keeps asking me to make it again.
I opted for whole milk plain yogurt because I didn’t want to sacrifice flavor by using low-fat or non-fat yogurt, but you can totally do that if you want. Plain yogurt is the perfect consistency for this cheese sauce, whereas Greek yogurt is a bit too thick, so no need to spend extra on Greek yogurt for this.
Best Cheeses for Creamy Mac and Cheese
I like to use a combination of cheese when making macaroni and cheese for the perfect blend of flavor and creaminess. Cheddar is always a must. I like using sharp orange cheddar which gives the sauce that signature golden yellow hue that you look for in mac and cheese. From there I usually add 1 or 2 other flavorful cheeses that melt creamy. Pepper jack is a great choice and adds a bit of heat, which I like.
Other great melty cheese options include Monterrey jack, fontina, gruyere, gouda, raclette, or taleggio. Have fun and mix it up to your liking!
The almost sweet caramelized flavors of roasted cauliflower go so well with the nutty, buttery and tangy flavors of cheese sauce so it is a great tasty (and healthy) addition to mac and cheese. This step is totally optional but I highly recommend it for more flavor and getting those veggies into the meal. If you’re not a fan of cauliflower then just leave it out.
This yogurt mac and cheese recipe is so yummy and we will be putting it into the dinner rotation from here on out. I hope you give it a try and let me know what you think if you do!
Click below to watch the step-by-step recipe video for this extra creamy and delicious yogurt mac and cheese.