Macaroni and cheese is a comfort food enjoyed by all. It’s creamy, cheesy, and hearty! If mac and cheese is a favorite in your household, why not get creative with the milk you use? In this post, you’ll learn about 10 of the best substitutes for the milk used in most mac and cheese recipes.
Can I Make Mac and Cheese Without Milk?
Yes, mac and cheese can be made with many substitutes for regular milk. Try it with cream cheese, chicken broth, Greek yogurt, or plant based milk! There are lots of great options.
Best Substitutes for Milk in Mac and Cheese
Cream cheese has a mild and slightly sweet taste that works well in mac and cheese. It also makes it extra creamy! Use an equal amount of cream cheese to replace regular milk. And because of the consistency of cream cheese, if the recipe you’re using calls for butter you can opt to leave it out.
Plain Greek Yogurt
Plain Greek yogurt adds a delicious and slightly tangy flavor to mac and cheese. To use Greek yogurt, you’ll want to heat it very slowly, stirring constantly, in a small saucepan or a double boiler before adding it to the roux.
Sour cream brings a distinctive tangy flavor to mac and cheese. You may want to add more cheese to the sauce to balance it out. Replace regular milk with an equal amount of sour cream.
Whipping cream brings a delicious rich flavor to mac and cheese. Because of the additional richness it brings, you can opt to leave out the butter.
If you can’t tolerate dairy or simply want a less creamy version of mac and cheese, chicken broth works well. The mac and cheese won’t be as creamy, but it’ll still have great flavor. When you’re making the roux, you may want to add some flour or parmesan cheese to thicken it up a bit.
Coconut milk is a great non-dairy option that brings a coconut flavor to mac and cheese. You can reduce the coconut flavor by adding bold tasting aromatics like garlic or fresh herbs, or dilute the coconut milk with water. Canned, full-fat coconut milk is your best bet for creamy mac and cheese.
Almond milk is another dairy-free option. It does have an almond flavor but you can add seasonings to balance it out. You have the option of using sweetened or unsweetened almond milk. Note that because almond milk is thinner than regular dairy milk, you may want to add more flour and cheese when making the roux.
A container of powdered milk is a life-saver, especially if you’ve suddenly run out of milk. It makes a delicious cheese sauce that has the perfect amount of sweetness. Just add water to the powdered milk and then blend it into the roux to make the cheese sauce.
Oat milk is slightly sweeter than regular dairy milk and is a great option for mac and cheese. It has a mild flavor that works quite well and you probably won’t even notice a difference! It’s best to use unsweetened oat milk in mac and cheese.
The rich and creamy texture of cashew milk is an excellent option for mac and cheese. It has a neutral flavor that won’t overpower the dish. Use an equal amount of unsweetened cashew milk to replace regular dairy milk in your recipe.
How to Substitute Milk In Mac and Cheese
- 1 cup cream cheese
- Optional other milk substitutes
- Use cream cheese or other substitutes to replace milk in mac and cheese recipe according to instructions