Pesto Mac and Cheese Recipe

Pesto Mac and Cheese Recipe

How To Make Pesto Mac and Cheese

Put some herby twist with the usual mac and cheese with this 20-minute dish. It’s cooked in a flavorful pesto sauce with milk and Havarti cheese.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes



  • 12ozelbow macaroni
  • 4tbspunsalted butter
  • ¼cupall-purpose flour
  • 2cupswhole milk,room temperature
  • 2cupsHavarti,or mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3tbsppesto,or store bought basil pesto
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for about 8 minutes just until al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside.

  2. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the flour to create a paste.

  3. Add the milk and whisk until smooth. Increase the heat to medium and continue whisking for about 2 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.

  4. Stir in the shredded cheese and continue stirring until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Fold in the pesto.

  5. Add the pasta, stirring to combine, and cook just until the pasta is warmed through.

  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then serve and enjoy!


  • Calories: 376.28kcal
  • Fat: 13.92g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.91g
  • Trans Fat: 0.31g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.76g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.79g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.20g
  • Fiber: 2.22g
  • Sugar: 5.64g
  • Protein: 11.05g
  • Cholesterol: 29.16mg
  • Sodium: 376.01mg
  • Calcium: 123.35mg
  • Potassium: 248.12mg
  • Iron: 1.27mg
  • Vitamin A: 102.30µg
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