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Can you make mac and cheese without butter?


Can you make mac and cheese without butter?

When you get home after a long day, craving comfort food, do you ever realize you don't have enough butter to make that package of macaroni? Yes, we have also been there. Naturally, you may be wondering if mac and cheese can be made without butter. Now that you've got some delicious answers from our study, grab some spaghetti and a pot!

Yes, you can make macaroni and cheese without butter. While butter is a common ingredient in traditional macaroni and cheese recipes for its flavor and richness, you can opt for alternative ingredients or preparation methods. Here's a simple butter-free mac and cheese recipe:


Eight ounces of elbow macaroni or any other type of pasta

Two cups of grated cheddar cheese, or a combination of your preferred cheeses

half a cup of milk

Two tablespoons of flour (all-purpose)

One teaspoon of optional Dijon mustard

Half a teaspoon salt, or to taste

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp powdered onion (optional)

1/4 tsp powdered garlic (optional)

1/4 tsp paprika (may be added)

Spray cooking oil (to coat the baking dish)


Cook the Pasta:

Cook the macaroni or pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Prepare the Cheese Sauce:

In a saucepan, whisk together the milk, flour, mustard (if using), salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika over medium heat. Continue to whisk until the mixture thickens, which usually takes a few minutes.

Add Cheese:

Reduce the heat to low, and gradually add the shredded cheese to the sauce, stirring continuously until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.

Combine with Pasta:

Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce, stirring until the pasta is evenly coated with the sauce.

Serve or Bake:

You can serve the mac and cheese as is, or if you prefer a baked version, transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish. Optionally, you can sprinkle extra cheese on top.

Bake (Optional):

If baking, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and bake until the top is golden and the edges are bubbly, usually for about 20-25 minutes.

Serve and Enjoy:

Allow the mac and cheese to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy your butter-free mac and cheese!


Without using butter, this recipe provides a tasty and creamy substitute. You may easily alter the recipe to suit your tastes by experimenting with other kinds of cheese, herbs, or spices.

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