Ultimate Protein-Packed Mac and Cheese: A Creamy, Healthier Take on a Classic

Mac and cheese is a beloved comfort food, but what if we could make it even better? This recipe is not only creamy and delicious but also packed with protein, making it a perfect meal for anyone looking to enjoy a healthier version of this classic dish. With a couple of clever twists, this mac and cheese isn't just tasty—it's also a nutritional powerhouse.


  • 8 oz. pasta (Al Dente Bonnetti or elbow macaroni work great)
  • 3 tablespoons whipped butter
  • 2 tablespoons plain protein powder (Grow Daily 3+, or Grow Daily 10+)
  • 1 cup shredded fat-free cheese (112 grams)
  • 1 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese (112 grams)
  • 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (170 grams)
  • 1 cup goat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of salt, Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, and garlic powder

Special Secrets to the Creamy Cheese Sauce:

  1. Goat Milk Instead of Whole Milk: By using goat milk, you elevate the creaminess of the cheese sauce to a whole new level. Not only does goat milk make the sauce silkier, but it also adds a subtle tang that enhances the overall flavor.
  2. Protein Powder Instead of Flour: To thicken the sauce, we swap out traditional all-purpose flour for a multi-purpose protein mix. This not only boosts the protein content but ensures that the dish is more satiating.

Preparation Steps:

  1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add your pasta and cook until al dente. Before draining, reserve 1 cup of the pasta water for the sauce.
  2. Make the Protein-Packed Roux: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the protein powder to form a roux. This step is crucial as it thickens the sauce and adds a significant protein boost.
  3. Create the Cheese Sauce: Gradually add the goat milk and Greek yogurt to the roux, stirring continuously. Once combined, stir in the cheeses and the reserved pasta water, cooking over low heat until the cheese is melted and the sauce is creamy.
  4. Combine and Serve: Add the cooked pasta to the sauce, mixing well to ensure every noodle is coated. Divide into 5 servings.
  5. Add the Finishing Touches: Top each serving with a sprinkle of black pepper, salt, and, if your kids like a crispy texture, breadcrumbs.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 353
  • Fat: 10.7 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 40.2 grams
  • Protein: 25.5 grams

This high-protein mac and cheese recipe is more than just a meal; it's a comforting, creamy delight that's perfect for any occasion. Whether you're feeding a family, prepping meals for the week, or just craving something cozy and satisfying, this recipe delivers both taste and health benefits. So why not whip up a batch tonight and take your mac and cheese game to the next level?