Fried Mac & Cheese

dscn2230I’ve been trying to decide what possess people to fry literally everything. I am, however, thankful for their ingenuity. I first came across these little nuggets of flavor and cheesiness while eating lunch at my local Cheesecake Factory. I had never thought before to fry a ball of macaroni and cheese… but it is beyond delicious. The first thing I did when I got home was recreate the recipe so that I could eat them all the time. Even if you aren’t a big fan of mac & cheese, I absolutely suggest giving these a try! 🙂

** This is a great recipe to use when you have left over mac & cheese!

You Will Need:

  • 1/2 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 C milk, warmed
  • 1/2 lb. cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 lb. white cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 C bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (or just use Italian style bread crumbs)
  • marinara sauce for dipping (optional)


  1. Cook macaroni according to directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  2. In a pan, melt the butter over medium heat and sprinkle in the flour. Whisk together.
  3. Cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add in warmed milk and stir to get rid of lumps.
  5. Cook until sauce thickens (about 2 minutes)
  6. Remove from heat and add in cheese, stir until melted and smooth.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Pour cheese over macaroni and stir to combine.
  9. Pour into a shallow pan and refrigerate for 2-2 1/2 hours.
  10. Form macaroni and cheese into balls. To make this step quicker, use an ice cream scoop.
  11. Place on wax paper lined cookie sheet and freeze overnight.
  12. Mix together egg and t tbsp milk to make a wash in a shallow bowl.
  13. Mix bread crumbs and seasoning together and place in a shallow bowl.
  14. Dip macaroni and cheese balls into egg and then cover with bread crumb mixture.
  15. Heat oil to 350F and fry macaroni and cheese balls until they are golden brown and cooked through. (About 5 minutes)
  16. Serve alongside marinara sauce.


4 thoughts on “Fried Mac & Cheese

  1. This looks sooooo delicious!!!! A good idea for mac and cheese!!! I also have mac and cheese recipe if you want to try! I make it like cupcake!

    Please visit and follow my blog ( or my Instagram (lazymom_cooking) for some recipe ideas 🙂

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