Easy Mac and Cheese Pizza Recipe (2024)

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Macaroni and cheese plus pizza? Oh yes, we did! This 10 Minute Mac and Cheese Pizza recipe is a super quick and easy dinner idea the kids will love!

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Thanks to Horizon for partnering with me on this awesome Mac and Cheese Pizza recipe!

Mac and Cheese Pizza Recipe

When it comes to eating out, my kid’s favorite pizza is the Mac and Cheese pizza from Cici’s. Unfortunately for them, Hubby and I have been eating low-carb lately. So this means the kids have not had a trip to their favorite pizza buffet in about 6 months! (Poor little guys… Pizza is both of our downfalls, so no more buffets.) The only pizza we’ve been getting is the DIY kind.

For dinner (most nights) everyone eats the same protein and veggies, and then I usually prepare a separate side dish for the kids. (Pasta, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, tortillas, fruit etc… you get the picture.)

Some nights though, Hubby and I will just eat salad and I make the kids a separate special meal.

Like Mac and Cheese Pizza!

On a recent trip to the grocery store, I came across these new microwavable Mac and Cheese cups from Horizon. They are exactly what I look for in quick and easy snacks or individual servings of my kid’s favorite foods.

When I saw these Mac and Cheese cups, I was inspired to create my own version of Cici’s Mac and Cheese Pizza as a special treat for my guys.

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So while it might not have been Cici’s, the kids absolutely gobbled the pizza up and begged for more! Plus, I know my version of Mac and Cheese Pizza is so much better for them. (and the smell of this pizza almost had me breaking my diet!)

Of course, you can use whatever type or recipe of mac and cheese you like when you make your pizza. This is a great recipe if you have leftover mac and cheese to use up.

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Mac and Cheese Pizza Ingredients:

Ingredients at a glance, grab the full list and recipe instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • 8 inch pre-baked (mini) pizza crust
  • 1 to 2 cups of mac and cheese | The creamier the better, if using leftover mac and cheese, you may wish to heat up your mac and cheese and add a bit of milk to make it creamier.
  • Shredded cheese | I used a white cheddar mozzarella blend.
  • Bacon crumbles | Optional topping, but makes the pizza even yummier.
  • Shredded Parmesan and Italian spice blend | Optional for garnish

How to Makea 10 Minute Mac And Cheese Pizza

You’ll love how easy this recipe is!

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Prepare the macaroni and cheese according to package directions. (or use warmed-up, creamy leftover mac and cheese. (see tip above)
  3. Spread mac and cheese over the crust. Easy Mac and Cheese Pizza Recipe (4)
  4. Top with a hand full of extra cheese, parmesan, Italian Spice blend, and optional bacon crumbles. (just use your judgment on how much of the topping ingredients are needed.)Easy Mac and Cheese Pizza Recipe (5)
  5. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until everything is hot and bubbly.
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  6. Serve and Enjoy!

Recipe tips

  • I know it may be tempting, but don’t overload your pizza crust with mac and cheese. it will cause the crust to be soggy and too heavy to pick up.
  • Make sure your mac and cheese is creamy, but not dripping with cheese sauce. If you think your mac and cheese seems dry, you can add a bit of milk. Extra cheese on top of the pizza helps with this as well.
  • I used a white cheddar mozzarella blend of cheese on my pizza, but you can use whatever type of cheese you prefer.
  • If you use a homemade pizza dough recipe, be sure to pre-bake it.

What toppings can I add to my Mac and Cheese Pizza?

There are tons of toppings you can add to your mac and cheese pizza! Here are a few of my favorite toppings:

  • Bacon (of course)
  • parmesan cheese
  • Green onion or chives
  • Mushrooms
  • Sliced fresh mozzarella for extra cheesiness
  • pepperoni, sausage, or Canadian bacon
  • rotisserie chicken

Want more yummy pizza ideas?

Be sure to check these out:

  • Buffalo Chicken Pizza
  • Barbecue Chicken Pizza
  • Southwest Chicken Pizza
  • Sloppy Joe Pizza
  • Chicken And Mushroom White Pizza
  • Cuban French Bread Pizza

Let us know what you think!

Mac and Cheese Pizza Recipe


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Easy Minute Mac and Cheese Pizza

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  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 8 inch mini pizza 1x
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: oven
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Cheesy Macand Cheese with baconsprinkles on a pizza crust! What’s not to love?



  • 1 8-inch pre-baked (mini) pizza crust
  • 1 Macaroni and Mild Cheddar cup (or about 1 cup of your fave mac and cheese)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese ( I used a white cheddar mozzarella blend)
  • 1 tsp bacon crumbles (optional)
  • pinch of parmesan and Italian spice blend for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Prepare the macaroni and cheese according to package directions.
  3. Spread mac and cheese over the crust. (use about 1 cup of mac and cheese, or a bit more if desired)
  4. Top with extra cheese, parmesan, Italian Spice blend and optional bacon crumbles.
  5. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until everything is hot and bubbly.
  6. Serve and Enjoy!


If you are using leftover mac and cheese from the fridge, you’ll want to reheat the mac and cheese before adding it to the pizza crust.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 of 8-inch pizza
  • Calories: 416
  • Sugar: 3
  • Fat: 14
  • Carbohydrates: 54
  • Protein: 17

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About the AuthorJamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.
Easy Mac and Cheese Pizza Recipe (2024)


What cheese is easy to melt for pizza? ›

A combo of mozzarella and provolone offers both stretch and flavor; in fact, many pizzerias use just this blend. If stretch isn't important but you still favor an ooey-gooey melted cheese experience, any of the other tested cheeses should suit you just fine. Cheddar, fontina, Muenster, Gouda, etc.

What is in Gordon Ramsay mac and cheese? ›

  1. 1 lb small elbow pasta.
  2. 4 cups whole milk.
  3. 8 tablespoons unsalted butter.
  4. 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. 2 teaspoons kosher salt.
  6. ½ teaspoon ground black pepper.
  7. 2 cups bacon bits.
  8. ½ cup bread crumbs, toasted.
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What is the secret to a good cheese pizza? ›

Stick with good mozzarella, provolone, and/or feta cheese. Cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese has a low melting point, making them less ideal for pizza. Push toppings all the way to the edge of the pizza, and avoid piling too many toppings, which may cause uneven cooking. The pizza should be no more than an inch thick.

What is the best cheese for homemade pizza? ›

Tips for Selecting the Best Cheese for Pizza

Mozzarella, provolone, or Monterey Jack have great meltability. Add aged cheeses like Parmesan or aged cheddar for extra umami and depth of flavor.

Can you use pasta sauce for pizza? ›

If you don't have tomato paste on hand, you can use pasta sauce on pizza by following these steps: Strain the pasta sauce to remove excess liquid. Add the pasta sauce to a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Add your desired seasoning and salt to taste.

Is fresh mozzarella better than shredded for pizza? ›

What type of mozzarella is best for pizza? In general, low-moisture mozzarella is our go-to for pizza. We recommend avoiding the pre-shredded stuff when you can. Pre-shredded mozzarella generally has additives like potato starch to give it a longer shelf life and to prevent pieces from clumping together.

What makes mac and cheese taste so good? ›

Great mac n' cheese needs one or more cheeses that melt well, and one or more cheeses that bring the flavor. The best melters include monterey jack, fontina, baby swiss, asiago, provolone, mozzarella, and alpine-style. Cheeses for flavor: cheddar, havarti, smoked gouda, gorgonzola, feta and any other of your favorites.

What cheese to add to mac and cheese? ›

Sharp cheddar is the overwhelming popular choice, but for extra-creamy results, we think medium cheddar is even better. Other delicious options include Gruyère, smoked Gouda, and Monterey Jack.

Do you put cheese on pizza first or last? ›

Cheese always goes belowthe toppings

You've got your dough as the foundation. Then your sauce. The cheese is the next solid layer. Then your toppings (after all, they're called top-pings and not bottom-ings), and then finally your garnishes like basil, pepper, fresh mozzarella, etc, after the pizza is cooked.

How to jazz up cheese pizza? ›

Think about using slices of veggies such as tomatoes and red onions, chunks of deli-bought meats such as salami or rotisserie chicken, or even crack a few eggs over your pizza in the last few minutes of baking. By adding these more vibrant ingredients, you'll get a much more delicious pizza.

What can I add to cheese pizza to make it better? ›

Substitute 1 cup crumbled feta for 1 cup of the mozzarella. Scatter some thinly sliced red onion, chopped Kalamata olives, and chopped fresh oregano leaves over the cheese. If you like, grate a little lemon zest on top, after the pizza comes out of the oven.

What cheese does Papa John's use? ›

Cheese. Part-skim mozzarella cheese (pasteurized milk, cultures, salt, enzymes), modified food starch, sugarcane fiber, whey protein concentrate, sodium citrate.

What cheese does Domino's use for pizza? ›

Domino's primarily uses a blend of mozzarella and white cheddar cheeses on their pizzas. This blend is intended to provide a mild and creamy flavor while also ensuring good meltability and texture. This cheese blend is designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes.

What is an easy melting cheese? ›

For superior meltability, look for a full-fat, high moisture mozzarella, like small balls packed in water. You can substitute other types of mozzarella for the ball form (like stracciatella or burrata), or look to other mild-flavored melting cheeses like provolone or Gouda.

Why my pizza cheese doesn t melt? ›

Why won't my cheese melt? There are many reasons, but the biggest is the moisture content. The moisture content of the cheese has a great effect on the melting process. Cheese that contains higher amounts of fat will melt better than one that doesn't.

What type of cheese makes pizza stretchy? ›

Mozzarella's unique elasticity and its water and oil content, the scientists found, produces the perfect consistency—bubbly and stringy yet intact—that we look for in pizza.

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