Caprese Mac and Cheese


Caprese and mac and cheese, they should just go together shouldn’t they? I completely love both of them so I say they are meant to be together.  I don’t think I’ve ever made a mac and cheese with mozzarella as the only cheese used in the sauce, but in this case it is the only cheese that you’ll want to use. If you were to add any other cheese it would hide that deliciously creamy and fresh flavor of the fresh mozzarella cheese. I considered adding in garlic but again I wanted to stick to the traditional Caprese flavors. I’d say if there was one ingredient that you would maybe want to add to switch it up, it would be a hint of balsamic reduction that is occasionally added to Caprese dishes (just lightly drizzled along the top).

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This meal is a breeze to prepare and I love that it’s something fancy enough for adults to love yet basic enough for kids to equally love. 15 minutes meals are the best and you can have this ready in 15 minutes if you boil the pasta while preparing the sauce. Enjoy!

caprese mac and cheese | Cooking Classy


Caprese Mac and Cheese

Yield: 3 - 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes


  • 8 oz dry elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella , grated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 2 Roma tomatoes , diced
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil


  1. Cook pasta according to directions listed on package to al dente. Drain pasta. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once butter has melted, add in flour and cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Slowly pour in milk and cream while whisking. Increase heat to medium-high and bring mixture just to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to low. Stir in fresh mozzarella, and cook, stirring constantly until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss in drained pasta and let rest over warm heat for 2 - 3 minutes. Plate pasta and top with diced tomatoes and fresh basil.
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  • Charul @ Tadka Masala: This looks lip-smacking(ly) delicious. Love the colourfulness that tomatoes and basil are adding to the dish! Yumm! :) April 26, 2013 at 11:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Charul! April 26, 2013 at 11:09pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): Ooooh I love the idea of combining caprese with mac n cheese! April 27, 2013 at 6:25am Reply

  • Liz: Thank you – sounds really good. Have a good weekend! April 27, 2013 at 1:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Liz! Thanks for your comment, I hope you have a great weekend too! April 28, 2013 at 9:39am Reply

  • Kimberley: Why have I never thought of trying this before!! Brilliant! April 27, 2013 at 4:59pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: This sounds incredible! Such a good idea. Mac and cheese is my favorite, so obviously I’d love this. Pinned! April 27, 2013 at 8:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the pin Rachel! April 28, 2013 at 9:14am Reply

  • ATasteOfMadness: Wow, I am such a cooking dummy. I had no idea what caprese is, so I needed to look it up on wikipedia.
    Now that I know what it is, I definitely need to try this, it looks fantastic! April 28, 2013 at 7:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks I hope you love it, and you’re not a cooking dummy theres just millions of different kinds of foods/recipes out there so no one could no all of them :). April 28, 2013 at 8:05pm Reply

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks: What an awesome idea! Looks fantastic! April 29, 2013 at 6:44am Reply

  • Bree {Skinny Mommy}: Now that is a combo I have never seen before, but I love it! April 29, 2013 at 9:26am Reply

  • Belinda: I love this take on mac and cheese. I have problems with dairy sometimes so normal mac and cheese is too heavy for me :(

    BUt with this version the buffalo cheese is perfect! Pure white and not greasy. Such wonderful photos too May 1, 2013 at 9:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Belinda! May 1, 2013 at 9:33am Reply

    • Jw: What did you use for cream? Don’t really want to do it with coconut milk cream. The reason I was looking was to find a reciepe that I could make with buffalo cheese. My daughter is 4 and has never had mac&cheese. September 14, 2013 at 2:02pm Reply

      • Jaclyn: I just used the regular whipping cream. September 19, 2013 at 11:03am Reply

        • Jocelyn: Thanks. Was hoping was something non-dairy other than coconut. September 19, 2013 at 12:20pm Reply

  • Ashley: This may sound silly, but is “cream” half and half or whipping cream? Does it matter? Thanks :D May 1, 2013 at 5:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I was referring to whipping cream, I just used regular whipping cream because I was out of heavy but either heavy or regular cream would work, I wouldn’t recommend using half and half. I hope you love it! May 1, 2013 at 6:25pm Reply

  • Laura: I want to echo earlier comments and say, holy cow, I can’t believe I haven’t thought of this before. I just made this for a small dinner party last night, and it was incredible. Thanks for sharing! May 2, 2013 at 5:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Laura I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your comment! May 2, 2013 at 8:28pm Reply

  • Last Thing Thursdays: […] I Wanted to Make. Caprese Mac and Cheese. […] May 16, 2013 at 7:44am Reply

  • Gil Almogi: I think this looks delicious. Does the mozzarella really dissolve into the sauce? I’d imagine it’d get stringy and stretchy but not actually blend. June 16, 2013 at 12:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It blended well in mine, I was skeptical myself when I went to make it the first time but it melted really well and was delicious. June 16, 2013 at 5:31pm Reply

      • Gil Almogi: Thanks for addressing my concerns. I’ll definitely tell you if I make it! June 16, 2013 at 6:01pm Reply

  • Emily: This is an easy and delish entree…the drizzle of balsamic made it amazing. June 18, 2013 at 3:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked this mac Emily, thanks for leaving a comment! June 19, 2013 at 7:56pm Reply

  • diana: Like Gil said, my mozzarella sauce did get stringy, stretchy and didn’t really blend. I followed your directions and used fresh mozzarella and real cream…what happened? June 30, 2013 at 12:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It could possibly be that we used different brands of mozzarella? I would recommend that you maybe even try removing the pan from heat and then adding cheese, you can also try grating it into finer pieces (freezing it for 15 minutes before grating can make it easier to grate). Be sure that the sauce has properly thickened first too or the cheese won’t really bond properly. Hopefully that helps! July 3, 2013 at 9:04am Reply

  • Shannon: This was soooo yummy! Just made it for lunch today, but I noticed the recipe made a TON of sauce, so after I had mixed the 8oz. of pasta with the sauce, I made another 8oz. and mixed it in too! I suggest doubling the pasta, that way there’s lots more to enjoy!! Sooo good with a balsamic drizzle :) Thanks for the recipe! July 2, 2013 at 2:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it Shannon, thanks for your comment!! July 5, 2013 at 1:54pm Reply

  • Cassie: Just made this for dinner. It turned out fantastic and I added a really nice balsamic vinegar to mine to help give a little extra depth to the mozzarella. For anyone who is concerned about the mozzarella melting well here is a tip:

    I bought a fresh ball of mozzarella and shredded it by hand into little pieces. I followed Jaclyn’s directions and when it came to adding the cheese, I added very small handfuls at a low heat. I stirred continuously until each handful was melted before adding the next handful. I also suggest “folding” your sauce. It helped me see if any bits were left un-melted. It takes a little longer but all my cheese melted very nicely.

    As always don’t forget to taste throughout your cooking process. I ended up seasoning twice because I ended up with more sauce than anticipated.

    Thanks for this great recipe. It’s great for a nice treat. Going to have to make this again. September 3, 2013 at 3:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the tips Cassie! I’m so glad you liked it! September 9, 2013 at 6:00pm Reply

  • Auri: Just wanted to say that I made this tonight for dinner at the last minute and it was delicious! Everyone liked it. Thanks! September 30, 2013 at 4:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Auri – I’m so glad you enjoyed this mac and cheese and were able to have a lat minute meal. Thanks for your comment! October 1, 2013 at 5:01pm Reply

  • Tara: This was absolutely delicious! I never thought to use mozzarella only in the sauce before. I love the combination of flavors. April 27, 2015 at 8:16am Reply

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