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Mac and Cheese Baked Apples.

The other day at work the topic of Thanksgiving foods came up, and while it’s not a traditional Thanksgiving food, I mentioned that we always have a mac and cheese at ours because my siblings aren’t big on turkey. One of the best mac and cheese dishes that I’ve ever eaten was on our honeymoon, and the dish came served with a side of homemade applesauce — delicious. My wheels started turning for how I could combine these flavors in a new way, and I came up with this cute little idea for a savory and sweet side dish: mac and cheese baked apples. I love the idea of offering these in small apples as an appetizer, or as a bigger portion for a side dish at dinner — either way, they’re a super tasty treat. Full recipe below!

Mac and cheese baked apple Mac and cheese baked apple1 mac and cheese baked apple2 mac and cheese baked apple3 mac and cheese baked apple4 mac and cheese baked apple5 mac and cheese baked apple6Ingredients:

  • 4-5 large apples (honey crisp apples worked great)
  • 5 cups of cooked pasta (elbows work great!)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese (plus extra for garnish)
  • salt and pepper


Cook pasta as directed, removing from water when still al dente. Clean apples and slice their tops off; using a melon-baller, scoop out the insides of the apple leaving a half-inch rim around the edges. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and begin to whisk in flour until a roux forms, then slowly whisk in the cup of milk and heat until the sauce thickens. Next, mix in the cheeses and combine until the sauce is a consistent texture. Remove from heat fold in pasta until fully coated; salt and pepper to taste. Fill the hollowed-out apples with macaroni and cheese mixture, and top with additional sharp cheddar cheese. Bake in a baking dish in a 400 degree pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes.


40 responses to “Mac and Cheese Baked Apples.

  1. Anna October 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    sounds interesting to say the least!!

  2. Adam brown October 4, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Kate, those look absolutely delicious. I cannot tell you how much I want to eat those pictures right now.

  3. Alisa Luciano October 4, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Wow! These are amazing and I think I need them now! 🙂

  4. Jenna at Boston Chic Party October 4, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Looks delish! Such a creative way to serve a classic- love it!

  5. alifemoment October 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    This is a very interesting idea! 🙂

  6. Jaime Lynn (@laviejaime) October 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

    YUM. I just went apple picking soo the timing of this post works out nicely 😉

  7. Erin October 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I love this idea! Would you also eat the apples or are they just more of a cute dish for the mac & cheese?

  8. domestikatedlife October 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Erin, you can totally eat the apples! It’s the best part!

  9. Alexis October 17, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Oh wow, these look delicious!! Totally making these this weekend! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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