Creamy (Yogurt) Mac + Cheese

10 minutes
Serves 4
Greek yogurt is an easy and tasty substitute for fatty foods. Which means you can have your cake and eat it too. Or, in this case, delicious and creamy mac and cheese. So next time you have a craving for comfort food, whip up this luxurious, grown-up version of mac and cheese. Yummy bonus: Use a Ziploc® brand bag to make your own delicious crushed cracker crumb topping!


  • 8

    oz of macaroni

  • 1

    tbsp of olive oil

  • 8

    stalks of kale, finely shredded and ribs removed

  • 2

    cloves of garlic, finely chopped

  • ½

    cup of plain Greek yogurt

  • 2

    cups of sharp cheddar, shredded

  • ½

    cup of finely crushed cracker crumbs

    Salt and pepper


  • 1 Cook macaroni in a large pot of salted, boiling water until al dente. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water. Drain macaroni and set aside in a bowl.
  • 2 While macaroni cooks, place crackers in a Ziploc® brand bag and smash with a rolling pin until they’re fine crumbs.
  • 3 In the same pot, heat olive oil over medium-low heat and saute garlic until aromatic. Add sliced kale and saute until slightly wilted. Add kale to bowl with cooked macaroni.
  • 4 Add ¼ cup of reserved pasta water to the pot with kale and macaroni. Stir in the cheese and Greek yogurt until melted, smooth and creamy. Add more pasta water to thin, if necessary.
  • 5 In a small frying pan, melt butter and add crushed cracker crumbs until toasty and golden brown.
    To serve, sprinkle crumbs over macaroni and cheese.