Air Fryer Mac and Cheese with Bacon


I made this air fryer mac 'n' cheese to go with my leftover smoked pot roast! It is now the only way I'm making mac 'n' cheese. This makes about 4 servings and it was so good!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 ½ cups elbow macaroni

  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon flour

  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • 1 tablespoon crumbled cooked bacon

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs

  • ¼ cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ grated Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

  • olive oil cooking spray


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until almost firm to the bite, about 6 minutes. Drain.

  2. Meanwhile, melt bacon grease in a small cast iron skillet that fits in your air fryer over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir flour into the hot bacon grease until golden brown, making a roux. Slowly whisk in milk and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in bacon and Italian herbs. Mix in Cheddar, Parmesan, Colby-Monterey Jack, and ricotta cheeses, and season with salt and pepper. Stir until cheese has melted, about 3 minutes.

  4. Preheat an air fryer to 390 degrees F (195 degrees C).

  5. Fold pasta into the cheese sauce and top with bread crumbs. Spritz with olive oil and pat down to minimize fly-away crumbs.

  6. Air-fry until the top is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling up at the edge of the skillet, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

465 Calories
17g Fat
59g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 465
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 322mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 19g
Potassium 351mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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