Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese

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My avocado obsession continues, this time with Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese! If you like our Creamy Avocado Pasta, you will love this decadent macaroni and cheese. It is basically the same delicious pasta, but kicked up a notch. Josh thought I was a little looney when I told him what we were having for dinner, but after one bite, he was in mac and cheese heaven. If you are an avocado lover, you will go crazy for this macaroni and cheese!

Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this easy mac and cheese!

This avocado macaroni and cheese is so easy to make. It is perfect for busy weeknights or whenever you are craving a comforting meal, but feeling lazy. You don’t even have to turn on the oven. To make the pasta, you boil the macaroni, make the avocado sauce in the food processor, and whisk together a cheesy sauce on the stove top. You combine everything in a big bowl and devour!

The creamy avocado sauce coats the pasta nicely with a hint of garlic, cilantro, and lime. The creamy cheese sauce is out of this world. We used Pepper Jack cheese, which gave the dish a nice kick. If you want a milder flavor, you can use Monterey Jack. I garnished the macaroni and cheese with fresh avocado chunks. You can never have too much avocado!

This Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese is all kinds of awesome! It is creamy, cheesy, and comforting. When you are in the need for pure comfort food, make this mac and cheese. It is comfort food to the max! This is also a great dish for Cinco de Mayo. I think chips and guacamole would go great on the side:)

Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese

Creamy, cheesy, and easy Avocado Mac and Cheese!
4.6 from 10 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces dry elbow macaroni
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 avocados peeled and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh avocado chunks for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Salt the water and add in macaroni. Stir and cook until Al Dente, about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, make the avocado sauce by placing the garlic, avocados, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  3. To make the cheese sauce, place butter in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. When butter is melted, whisk in flour to create a paste. Whisk in milk until smooth. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sauce starts to thicken. Add in Pepper Jack cheese and stir until cheese is melted and sauce is creamy.
  4. Place macaroni in a large bowl. Pour the avocado sauce over the macaroni and stir until well coated. Add the cheese sauce and stir until macaroni is coated and creamy. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm. Garnish with fresh avocado chunks, if desired.
  5. Note-the lime juice keeps the avocado from browning. The mac and cheese is best eaten the first day, but it is still good the second day. The pasta may turn slightly brown, but not bad. If you want a milder flavor, you can use Monterey Jack or White Cheddar Cheese.

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I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Yumm! I just bought ago adore and his mit just be the perfect thing to do with it. Very creative… I’ve never seen avocado cooked in with food like this! P.S. I liked your post yesterday. A day in another person’s life is always interesting to know. Wish I could have the motivation to wake up early for a workout. And Body Combat in the morning, not for me. Lol! I like it in the evening where I can visualize faces I need to punch afte an exhausting day. Just kidding!

  2. It’s so funny to see the foods you’re loving while nursing… I had the EXACT same cravings. I couldn’t get enough avocados. I liked them pre-baby… but once she was born, I practically live don them! With that, this mac and cheese looks incredible!!!!! And great kid food because then I know she’s getting healthy fats and she can grab the little ‘elbows’ herself.

  3. I bought a bag of avocados at Costco that I don’t think are going to make it until this Saturday for my Cinco party so I think I’ll make this for dinner tonight. Yum!

  4. I really don’t care for mac and cheese because it’s so heavy but this looks very fresh and light. I love the idea of using pepper jack. Thanks for posting!

  5. How long will this keep in the fridge and still look and taste fresh? I’m curious to know because uneaten open avocados turn grey so quickly.

    1. The lime juice keeps the avocado from browning. It is best the first day, but we enjoyed the pasta the second day as well. It turns a slight brown color, but not bad. I hope that helps!

  6. I recently learned that if you use a ceramic or plastic knife to cut your avocados that they will stay green for hours. Not sure how heating the avocado with the cheese sauce will affect them…but I’m willing to try it out. I’m glad I have some avocados in the ‘fridge!

  7. Just finished making this (using gluten free pasta and flour) and it is absolutely delicious! I am so excited to share this with everyone I know as a new spin on Mac and Cheese!

  8. I love your website! I never would have thought of half (and that’s being generous to myself, ha-ha) these re-invented recipes you do! And I love your obsession with avocado! My sons share your great love for it, and you have given me so many different ways to serve it to them…they’re in avocado heaven! Thanks!

  9. Thanks for the unique recipe. I used a combination of Monterey Jack and White Cheddar (my husband can’t handle Pepper Jack cheese) and all I tasted was lime and cilantro. Definitely need to spice this up on my end!

  10. This was an excellent dinner! Thank you so much for finding creative ways to use avocado! I love them!!

    Alecia

  11. Move over Green Eggs and Ham!! This looks fab. But here’s a lame question, does it taste super “avocadoey” or is it a hint? I would love to sneak this in to my husband and oldest son, as myself and the other two children are the only true avocado lovers in the house…one of those “try it and tell me if you like it before I tell you what’s in it” scenarios!

  12. Whoa! Now this is something new. Now I have something to try out on the weekend, please do pray for me that I get this right. Especially that my husband is a huge fan of mac n cheese.

  13. I love my two favorites! Avocado + Cheese! Making it now with the only change of shells instead of macaroni. I have made the avocado sauce and am working on the cheese but only 8oz of macaroni seems like not enough pasta for the sauce… I guess I will find out! Yum!!

  14. Wow, this recipe is absolutely amazing: how did you manage to make macaroni and cheese healthier, keep it delicious and also add some green color to it? All in one! Ingenious :-).

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  15. I just made this last night and it was delicious! I ended up using more pasta than the recipe because there was too much sauce. I ate the leftovers cold and they make a great pasta salad! My roommate has a severe egg allergy so I am always looks for ways to make my favorite foods without them and this sauce is way better than the standard mayo one! I also have a gluten intolerant friend and this recipe could easily be adapted for that as well.

  16. I’ve made this a couple times now since I found this recipe and I absolutely love it! I’ve been using fontina cheese instead though- add a little somethin’ somethin’. Thanks for this awesome recipe!!!

  17. cannot wait to make avocado mac and cheese for my mom. wish i caught that recipe before mothers day it would have been perfect !!!! keep banging out amazing ideas like that all day

  18. OH MY GOD! So good! The only thing that would have made this better would have been a recomendation for a beer-pairing. I’ve made this recipe several times now and find that it goes best with a light Belgian or an Amber Ale, but that was just trial and error. Or was it a German Hef? Oh well, maybe I had too many to remember! Just delish though! And Caleb is ADORABLE. I just wanna gobble him up in his little avacado-suit! So precious.

    God bless and good luck in your dream kitchen!

    A faithful reader!

  19. This is really a fabulous recipe; I used whole-grain pasta and that really added a nice element to it. I don’t think I’d call it Mac and Cheese, but it’s definitely a great pasta recipe for sure. Had it for dinner and really loved it.

  20. I found this blog/recipe via Pinterest and could not stop thinking about avocado mac and cheese for days. Made it for dinner tonight, and it is everything I dreamed it would be.

    I used monterey jack instead of pepperjack with hopes that it would be more kid-friendly that way but alas, no. (Of course, I went into this knowing that my kids won’t touch avocados, so I have no one to blame but myself.) Next time, I will make a half batch with pepperjack, lock myself in a closet, and eat the whole thing by myself.

  21. So yum! Since I’m vegan, I’ll replace the dairy products with Daiya jack cheese, soy milk and vegan butter. I also have some wagon wheel pasta leftover. I can’t wait to try this!! <3

  22. This was amazing!!! SO good if I were you I would have sold it to a restaurant 🙂 most unique and yummiest recipe I’ve made in a long time. I cook aLOT and try so many different things and this has been my favorite in a long time.

    I love your sauce to noodle ratio. So many pasta recipes are dry to me and I have to add on sauce plus cut down on pasta. This might have been the opposite.

    I also usually tweak spices and seasonings and this was almost spot on. I might have added a bit more lime juice because I like that flavoring but that is about it.

    Rich, creamy, unique, bursting with flavor….if you even THINK you like avocados….make this.

    Thank you!!

  23. Very good! I will make some modifications for next time though. First, much less cilantro. I love it, but 1/3 cup was too much for us. Second, more garlic. I made about 14 oz’s of pasta, so used an additional avocado. And lastly, I’ll use a mix if pepper jack and white cheddar next time. Thank u so much!

  24. I’ve had this recipe sitting in my recipe folder for a bit, and I made it tonight. I only had cheddar cheese, so I used that. Also, I had lemons, so used lemon juice instead of lime and I omitted the cilantro. Lastly, I added fresh tomato chunks, and served it with the avocado as garnish. OH. MY. YUM!! My kids were very apprehensive, complaining about it being “greeeeen!!!”, but they ended up really liking it! Even my picky one. So thank you!!! Out of all the recipes I’ve made, this is definitely considered one of the best, and will definitely be a keeper!!! 10 thumbs up from my family!

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  26. So, I don’t like avocados but I can handle them in things, where the flavour isn’t strong. Is it a strong avocado flavour, or no?

  27. I made this, and it was pretty good. But I found the lime a bit ovepowering. Would it work without the lime, or less lime? Is the lime only there to stop it from getting brown, because I have no objection to brown…haha. But as good as it wasI feel that that the lime was masking some of the other delicious flavours…

  28. I love that this is so quick and easy, especially when a mac & cheese attack comes on quickly! The idea of mixing avocados with cheese may seem odd to some, but the combination is really divine! Thanks for this creative idea of mixing the two for a luscious treat.

  29. I love avocados and mac and cheese, but the sum is lesser than its parts. I didn’t care for this nor did my husband. It just wasn’t a good combo.

  30. i love mac&cheese and avocado! what more could you need?
    hmm.. i would love to experiment with this..perhaps in the oven? >:D

  31. I just made this on the fly this evening. Quick & Easy with a great result… I used 1/2 lemon and regular jack cheese only because that’s what I had on hand. I served it beside some garden peas for a green on green theme. Love the color … looks like a 1950’s Kitchen green! The avocado really lightens up the mac & cheese, making it a nice option for a summer evening. Thank you so much for the recipe and saving my ripe avocados from the compost bin!

  32. Gave this a shot two nights ago. Definitely a winner! I’d tweak just a bit for more flavor–maybe cayenne and cumin? But the DH and I both devoured it. And it’s so easy. A+ – thanks so much for sharing!!

  33. Yum! I made some corn bread to go with it. It ended up being pretty crumbly, so I tossed it in the bowl with my mac & cheese, and it was awesome!

  34. Hey! Found this on pinterest last week and I made it for dinner tonight. AMAZING! My husband and I couldn’t get enough! Our 18mo old even loved it. This will be going on our regular dinner rotation. THANKS! =)

  35. I found this on Pinterest last week and tonight I made it for dinner. OH MY GOSH…AMAZING! My husband and I couldn’t get enough, and either could our 18 mo old son. This will definitely be going on our dinner rotation. THANKS for a great recipe =)

  36. Its great, and DAMN it does fill ur belly very fine! Get some sausages to go with it and it’ll be even better!

  37. I was wondering what the calories are per serving of this recipe? I’m watching my calorie intake and am hoping this recipe won’t push me over my max calories for the day.

  38. I thought you should know that my peoples made this recipe last night and they totally pigged out. They ate the entire pot in ONE sitting, and they didn’t even let any of us dogs try any. They “claimed” it is because avocados are bad for dogs, but I think we all know the real reason why they wouldn’t share….

  39. I don’t like cilantro so I substituted parsely. Also, I didn’t have pepper jack cheese so I substituted cheddar jack cheese. I used an entire 14 oz box of pasta. All else was the same. I found it lacking in a “kick” of flavor so when I reheat another serving I may add some wasabi sauce. I would make it again to give it another chance as it is a great way to use avocados.

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  41. My amiga and I JUST made this beautiful recipe and lemme tell you guys, your mind will be blown to smithereens. The richness of the cheese compliments the fresh creaminess of the avocado sauce. It was hard to stop coming back for more, but because I enjoy walking I had to stop myself from eating any more of that sabroso pasta. All of you seriously need to make this and stop talking about it, because you are missing out on a world of wonderfulness.

  42. I love avocado. I made this recipe last weekend and my husband and I love it. Thanks for all your vegetarian recipes! Love from Costa Rica.

  43. I just have to say i tried this yesterday with my 9month old with some plain mac and cheese and mashed avacado with no seasoning and i loved it. Im glad i found this recipe for the adult version, its a surprising combo but it tastes fantastic

  44. This is a great recipe! We all loved it! My 15 year old daughter thinks it’s the best mac and cheese. A keeper for sure!

  45. OMG! I just cooked this and it is to DIE for! I used Monterrey Jack since I wasn’t able to find Pepper Jack but it was still amazing! Thanks for the recipie!!! =D

  46. Hi! just wanted to let you know this recipe is fantastic!! We’ve made it so many times, including for my boyfriend and I’s 4 year anniversary dinner! Everyone that has tried it, loves it, and I promote and share the recipe as often as I can. thank you for this! SO DELICIOUS!!!! We replace the pepper jack cheese with “hot-pepper” cheese, essentially the same thing, but with a little more kick! and its always so smooth, thick and creamy with the cheese sauce and avocado sauce! I seriously LOVE it!

  47. So, this was interesting to say the least. It was pretty easy to make. I am 17 and I managed to do this on my own WHILE making some delish avocado fries! At the end… it tasted bland… but extra salt certainly helped! I am going to try and make this into a summer salad! Keeping the added avocado/cilantro mix but instead of melting the cheese… I’ll just cut it into cubes and combine it with the cool noodles. This dish isn’t for picky eaters! I’d seen an avocado-sriracha mac n’ cheese and I’d maybe recommend trying that also!

    If you want a themed meal like mine.. with the avocado… try the avocado fries! Heres the link :https://sites.google.com/site/wearenotmartharecipes/avocado-fries-with-creamy-sriracha-dipping-sauce

  48. A friend and I made this for lunch yesterday, and I just wanted to let you know that it’s delicious. We topped it with a good-quality hot sauce and served it with garlic bread topped with fresh mozzerella (we definitely weren’t shooting for healthy!). I’m also planning on making it for a potluck I’m hosting next week. I have a feeling I’m going to be making this recipe for years!

  49. I just made this tonight and it was fantastic! My husband does not even like avocados and he ate 2 giant bowls of this (he does love pepper jack cheese though lol)

    I don’t have a blender so instead used a fork to mash it all up and it came out great

  50. Just made this today, Party in your mouth/ Comfort food. Two thumbs up from the people who tried it. Tastes like guacamole with a macaroni and cheese aftertaste.

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  52. This is incredible! Just made it, with a few substitutions ( I used lower fat cheese and milk, and tofu noodles), and I know it’ll be a staple for me.

  53. I made this for my husband who is usually against anything green, but he gobbled this deliciously cheesy dish right up! Will definitely be making again, hopefully for guests!

  54. Made it with Rotini and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks for posting. Our whole family enjoyed it and are posting it on FB and Pinterest and emailing the results.

    Love!

  55. Avacodo pits keep the avacodo green n fresher longer. I always put the pits in my guacamole. I imagine it would have the same effect in the Mac n cheese.

  56. I make this all the time and it’s delicious! I always top it with crunchy bacon at the end and it goes great with the creaminess of the avocados!

  57. I just made this and it’s AMAZING. So rich and creamy with the perfect amount of spice! I used a 3 cheese colby pepper jack cheese but the only difference is a slighter less rich green color. Absolutely an awesome recipe

  58. This looks so good! Do you think it would turn out okay if i cut it in half? My husband isn’t big on avocados…

    Thanks,

    Amanda

  59. i just made this, it’s so tasty! used white cheddar, didn’t have any cilantro unfortunately but will def add next time. i used veggie pasta as well. super tasty <3 next time i won't use a blender to make the avocado part – i'd rather just mash with a fork like i'm making guac than have tons of bits and pieces to wash afterwards lol

  60. Made this per the recipe apart from using almond milk and no cilantro. It is AMAZING! So flavorful and the avocado chunks added are like the cherry on top. Next time I’m trying it with GF pasta and Dairy-free cheese alternative. Thanks!

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  62. Hi! I’m currently studying abroad in Ireland and am having a difficult time finding cilantro. Can you recommend another green leafy herb or should I wait to get back to the states for this one? Thanks!

  63. I just made this for my fiance and I and OMG.. It was delish… Took my 2 favorite foods avacodo and Mac n cheese and just went to heaven… Quick easy and wonderful to my pallette

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  65. Really delicious and a perfect St. Patrick’s Day green dinner! However, I nearly had a fit trying to make the avocado sauce smooth! It was too thick and not quite enough of it for the blender to actually blend. The food processor was a little better, but it still could barely touch it. Suggestions? Is my blender just lame? Anyway it was super tasty and nice and green!

  66. I made this yesterday and it was AMAZING! I’ve been searching for the creamiest Mac and cheese recipe, who’d’ve thought this would be it?!?

  67. I love this recipe i use it over and over again…simplicity at its finest .. deliciousness…quick healthy snack to comfort food of mines with a twist or different side dish for an entree…best recipe ever

  68. I made this yesterday and it was honestly the best mac and cheese I’ve made by far. I did have to substitute a couple things such as the lime juice (used lemon juice), I didn’t have fresh cilantro or garlic so i used just under a tablespoon of dried cilantro and 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic. I do suggest adding milk to the avocado sauce just to make it more creamy. I can’t wait to make this for my family again.


  69. It was great, easy and very filling!! This one is a keeper…unlike the other one, where you use almond flour and no cheese at all!


  70. This was SO good. I swapped the lime and cilantro for lemon & basil as it’s what I had on hand. Also added peas to veg it up. Thanks!

  71. I love avocado and the other ingredients in this recipe individually but , together they do not pair well with pasta and cheese.

  72. Just tried this recipe and I’m so surprised with how easily it was to make. I made substitutes to make this dish gluten free and vegan so it probably tasted a little different but it was a hit for the lunch at church I brought it too!

  73. I’m thinking of making this for my 1 yr old. Can i whip a batch and then freeze in portions? Any idea if it freezes well? Thanks in advance!

  74. I made this tonight with a few changes and it was delicious. I chose not to add the cilantro and used a triple cheddar blend instead of the pepper jack because we had just had similar flavors over the past 3 days. I doubled the garlic because we love garlic and it was a perfect amount for us. Very tasty. Will definitely be making it again. And can’t wait to try as written.  Thanks for the great inspiration. 


  75. Love this recipe! I have made it many times. I always omit the cilantro because I don’t like it, and I have substituted both marble and cheddar cheese on different occasions. Highly recommended!

  76. Holy cow! Where has this recipe been my whole life? haha I can’t wait to try this and see if my 1-year old son likes it. He loves avocados so the mac n’ cheese will be probably be a big hit too! Thanks for this!


  77. I really enjoyed this recipe! For me, pasta is always better the second day, though I didn’t plan for the inevitable browning of the avocado… Still, it tasted GREAT! I’m equally excited to use this recipe as a way to cook mac and cheese in general: LOVE the boiling in the milk technique. So easy!

  78. Love this, but wondering how it would be if I actually baked it after, just to give it that lightly cheesy, crunchy top. Thoughts?

  79. Love this, but wondering how it would be if I actually baked it after, just to give it that lightly cheesy, crunchy top. Thoughts?

  80. Very nice blog. I am food lover and i really enjoy reading food articles. Thanks for sharing this recipe tips. I will try to cook it.

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