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Dessert Macaroni and Cheese

Dessert Macaroni and Cheese! Yes, you read that right! A sweet mac & cheese made with cream cheese, blueberries and vanilla, it’s a sweet take on a classic comfort food.

a plate of dessert macaroni and cheese with blueberries

Similar to bread pudding or rice pudding, Dessert Macaroni and Cheese has a starchy base held together by a baked custard. The idea came to me one day and I figured someone must have made this already.

I googled and read all about Mac and Cheese, saw all sorts of variations on the savory dish, but didn’t find any sweet mac & cheese recipes, so decided to give it a try.

Well the first go-round was really strange. I made the traditional white sauce (Bechamel) and instead of adding cheddar cheese, as I would do for a savory mac-n-cheese, I added cream cheese, vanilla and sugar.

It’s not that it tasted bad, it actually tasted pretty good, but the look and texture was so similar to regular mac-n-cheese that there was a sort of cognitive dissonance between what my eyes were seeing and what my mouth was tasting. My husband had exactly the same reaction.

Scroll through the step-by-step process photos to see how to make Dessert Macaroni & Cheese:

flour and butter roux in a pot

Cook the flour and butter together to make a roux for the white sauce. The roux will thicken the milk.

batter for dessert macaroni and cheese

After mixing the cheesecake base, stir in the white sauce and the cooked macaroni. The mixture is very loose, but the pasta will absorb quite a bit of the custard while it bakes

For round two I made the white sauce separately from the cream cheese base. I mixed the cream cheese, sugar and eggs together for a simple cheesecake-style batter, then combined the two with the cooked pasta.

Tossing blueberries into the mix added lot of flavor and moisture, and also gave the eye a cue that this was dessert. This is more important than you can imagine. We eat with our eyes, right?

dessert macaroni and cheeseThe blueberries could be switched out for another fruit, and cinnamon, lemon zest or other flavors could be added to change up the flavor. I definitely recommend putting berries or chocolate chips or anything to make it look like a dessert.

I really like this dish. Dessert Macaroni and Cheese might seem strange at first, but give it a try and let me know what you think.

dessert macaroni and cheese

If you love this dish as much as I do, please give it a 5 star review.

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4.56 from 144 reviews

Dessert Macaroni and Cheese

Dessert Macaroni and Cheese! Yes, you read that right! Made with cream cheese, blueberries and vanilla, it's a sweet take on a classic comfort food.
Prep Time30 minutes
Bake Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
12 servings


  • 8 oz elbow macaroni


  • 2 oz unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ oz all purpose flour (¼ cup)
  • 16 oz whole milk (2 cups)
  • 1 vanilla bean (split or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • teaspoon table salt
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 oz granulated sugar (½ cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)


  • 1 oz panko breadcrumbs (¼ cup)
  • 2 oz granulated sugar (¼ cup)


  • Heat a large pot of salted water for the pasta and cook 8 oz elbow macaroni to al dente while making the batter for the custard. Drain the pasta and set it aside.
  • To make a roux, combine2 oz unsalted butter and 1 ¼ oz all purpose flour in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it begins to simmer and thickens to a pale beige paste. Slowly whisk 16 oz whole milk into the roux. Continue to whisk until the sauce has no lumps and is the consistency of thick cream. Scrape the seeds from 1 vanilla bean into the warm sauce with ⅛ teaspoon table salt. Set aside to cool until it's just barely warm or room temperature (see note).
  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Lightly butter a 2 quart casserole dish.
  • On low speed, cream8 oz cream cheese and 4 oz granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl until it's smooth. Scrape the bowl so there are no lumps of cream cheese. Add 2 large eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each egg to avoid lumps. Add the cooled white sauce to the cream cheese mixture to form a batter.
  • Add the cooked pasta and2 cups blueberries to the batter then pour the batter into the casserole dish. Combine 1 oz panko breadcrumbs and 2 oz granulated sugar and sprinkle the topping over the custard.
  • Bake until golden brown, slightly puffed, and the custard is set in the center.
  • Just like savory macaroni and cheese, this is best still warm from the oven. Leftovers can be refrigerated and re-warmed.


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Make sure to cook the macaroni "al dente". Leaving the pasta slightly undercooked will allow it to absorb the sauce as it bakes.
If you combine the white sauce with the cream cheese mixture while the sauce is very hot the mixture will look curdled.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 486IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Would it be OK to prepare this a few hours before baking? If so, should it be refrigerated during that time?

Eileen Gray

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Yes, and yes.

Denise Page-DeMorst

Saturday 22nd of April 2023

This is an amazing dessert! I love everything about it, especially the blueberries. I’ve made it twice and with no changes at all. Best served warm to bring out the flavors.


Sunday 12th of December 2021

Is this dish served cold / room temp or warm?

Eileen Gray

Sunday 12th of December 2021

You could serve it either way. I like it warm.

Brittany Johnson

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

Thank you for the most delicious recipe i have ever tried in my life. My husband was planning on divorcing me but because of this mac and cheese, I was able to regain his love. We are now pregnant and expecting triplets this upcoming january. When people say a dish can change your life, they are not wrong.

God bless and long live the blueberry mac!


Thursday 8th of July 2021

For the sugar - it says "1/2 cup (4 oz, 112g) granulated sugar". 1/2 cup of sugar (a volume of sugar) normally weighs around 100g, not 112g. I will be weighing out my ingredients - is the correct weight for sugar 112g or 100g?


Saturday 16th of September 2023

@Laura, Maybe you should come up with your own version of the recipe.


Thursday 8th of July 2021

@Eileen Gray, The 1/4 cup is a volume, not a weight. It may be 4 oz (weight) of water but not of sugar.


Thursday 8th of July 2021

@Eileen Gray, The difference is 12g, not 2g. 12 g is almost 1/2 an oz. I would consider that amount to be fairly significant.

Eileen Gray

Thursday 8th of July 2021

2 grams is less than a 10th of an ounce, so 2 grams in either direction won't make much difference. I use a conversion of 28.3g per ounce. 4 oz comes out to 113.2. You can either round up to 115 or down to 110. Again, a few grams in either direction won't make a big difference.