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This Oven Baked Macaroni and Feta Cheese recipe is everyone’s favorite mac ‘n cheese made BETTER! Everything is betta with Feta!

macaroni and feta served in a bowl with fork and spoon

HOMEMADE MAC N CHEESE WITH FETA

Oven baked macaroni made with a mixture of eggs, milk, spices and seasonings, plus feta cheese, and garnished with a crispy bread-crumb topping. SO GOOD! 😋

Have you been dreaming about baked macaroni with, ummm, a different kind of cheese? 🤔

Do you often think about adding a crunchy topping to THAT mac ‘n cheese?  Yeah… nothing like a good dose of fried bread crumbs on top of macaroni and cheese – that’s some goooood stuff! 😍

pot of baked macaroni with feta cheese

OVEN BAKED MACARONI AND FETA CHEESE

We all know what a struggle it can be to cook delicious, fresh homemade meals on busy weeknights.

Growing up, this was one of our family’s favorite meal. We used to eat this stuff all.the.time. Macaroni and Feta Cheese was on mom’s menu about every other week; one pot + 4 forks = 1 happy family.

Now that I am all grown up and have a family of my own, I also make this about once or twice a month. Some nights when we crave pasta and we want to satisfy that craving, Macaroni and Feta is close to the top of our to-do list.

pouring milk over cracked eggs

Ingredients for Macaroni and Cheese

Whenever I make this, I am always surprised by how simple the ingredient list is.

  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Butter
  • Feta Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • seasonings/spices
  • breadcrumbs/panko crumbs (optional, but it adds a really nice crunch and texture to the overall dish)
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese, for topping (optional)

mixing feta cheese into cooked elbow macaroni

How to make Baked Macaroni and Feta Cheese

Are you ready to make the best Oven Baked Macaroni and Feta Cheese? Let’s get to it:

  1. Cook the macaroni according to directions on the package.
  2. Drain macaroni and transfer to a greased baking dish; mix in crumbled feta cheese and set aside. Fyi: I use the same pot for boiling the macaroni and baking it – it’s this 3 quart dutch oven. My new favorite cooking pot of the day. ❤️
  3. In a mixing bowl whisk together eggs and milk, plus seasonings. 
  4. Pour egg mixture over macaroni.
  5. Optionally, melt butter in a pan and stir in plain breadcrumbs or panko crumbs; fry to a light golden brown.
  6. Sprinkle fried breadcrumbs over macaroni and bake in a 400˚F preheated oven for 35 minutes. 
  7. Let stand several minutes before serving with a topping of freshly grated parmesan cheese. 

scooping out macaroni and cheese from baking dish

How to Store Oven Baked Macaroni with Feta Cheese

  • Store Baked Macaroni in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.

Can I Freeze Baked Mac ‘n Cheese

  • Yes. Store completely cooled mac and cheese in an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

What is Feta Cheese

    • Feta cheese is a brined white cheese main from sheep milk or from a mixture of sheep and goat milk. It is a crumbly aged cheese, commonly produced in blocks, and has a slight grainy texture.
    • Feta cheese is versatile and can be used in any recipe that calls for a salty, softer cheese.
    • Compared to other cheeses, it’s low in calories and fat. It also contains a high amount of B Vitamins, phosphorus and calcium, which can benefit bone health. Feta also contains beneficial bacteria and fatty acids.

close up of macaroni and feta in a bowl

Now that you know all you need to know about feta, let’s get on this meal! You know there’s, like, nothing to it, right? It’s just some cooked macaroni swimming in custard with a sprinkle of feta. And some crunchy breadcrumbs on top with fresh shavings of parm cheese. Easy peasy.

Give it a try. You might love it as much as we do.

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4.59 from 17 votes
macaroni and feta served in a bowl with fork and spoon
Oven Baked Macaroni and Feta Cheese
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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Oven baked macaroni made with a mixture of eggs, milk, and feta cheese, garnished with a crispy crumb topping.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 659 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 box (1-pound) Elbow Macaroni
  • butter for greasing
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
For the Topping (Optional)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups panko crumbs or plain breadcrumbs
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese, for topping
  • freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.

  2. Cook macaroni in salted water according to package directions. Drain.

  3. In the meantime, generously butter a 13-by-9-inch baking dish.

  4. Pour cooked macaroni into baking dish and toss with 1 tablespoon butter.

  5. Mix in crumbled feta cheese.
  6. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, chili powder, and paprika.

  7. Pour the egg mixture over the macaroni; mixture should come about 3/4 of the way up - it shouldn't cover the macaroni.
  8. Heat remaining butter in a frying pan.

  9. Add the bread crumbs to the pan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown.

  10. Remove from heat and sprinkle the bread crumbs over the macaroni.

  11. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the custard sets and edges are browned.

  12. Let cool for 5 minutes.

  13. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and parsley; serve.

Recipe Notes
WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 16 
Nutrition Facts
Oven Baked Macaroni and Feta Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 659 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 206mg69%
Sodium 858mg36%
Potassium 424mg12%
Carbohydrates 79g26%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 880IU18%
Calcium 440mg44%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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*This recipe was first published on April 5, 2013. Updated on March 24, 2020. 

61 Responses
  1. Krissy Allori

    Yummy! Mac and cheese is my favorite. I’ve never made it with feta but I bet it tastes great. Saving this for the weekend.

  2. Victoria

    My baba made this with spaghetti noodles and used to cut it up in squares. She didn’t use the bread crumbs but that’s a nice touch! I agree we need to tweak the recipes! I think it was traditionally because of the lack of available ingredients.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      YES! AND, they used all their “trevki” which means grass – herbs were/are referred to as grass – strictly for tea and cure methods for a certain disease. 😀 They never found their way in a stew or casserole. :-))

  3. Satu

    Just found this recipe today and made it. it is delicious! I only baked it for 30 min or so, so it was very moist. I added some cooked broccoli and used sun dried tomato feta cheese. The bread crumbs were nice and crunchy. Will be making this again. So easy and simple.

  4. Lita Watson

    I love the flavor of feta cheese and how great it is when i find out your recipes. Why don’t you give more illustration photos or video to show everyone how this delicious dish is made?

  5. Kim Winter

    This is so easy to make GF! I used GF penne and panko gf breadcrumbs. I also had leftover turkey, onion, and broccoli to add as well. It’s a one-pot meal!

  6. Sue

    Hi Katerina! I just came across your site while looking for a mac’n’cheese dish that uses feta. My partner is Greek and I am half roumanian so there is ALWAYS some feta or bryndsa in our fridge. I want to halve your recipe though — how should I split the 5 eggs? Can I just use 3? (I have large free-range eggs) Thanks!

  7. Carly

    I was thinking about my grandmother’s recipe for baked macaroni. She passed away a number of years ago and even though my mom likely has it, I decided to google feta+macaroni+eggs and found your recipe. I was thrilled but even more excited to find out that it’s Macedonian – as am I. Can’t wait to try this tonight. Will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane

  8. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    This is perfect mac n cheese Kate. I only need goat cheese to make me happy. Love it´s simplicity! You mom was right!

  9. Terra

    I love your feta cheese addiction, because I don’t think I would have added it to my mac n’cheese…..now I really want to!!! You made not one pan, but THREE….SCORE!!! I bet you all had serious happy tummies! Hugs, Terra

    1. Elise

      I followed the recipe but unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations.. I omitted the parmesan cheese since it was optional. The food turned out very dry and I didn’t personally enjoy the combination of feta and chili (I love both individually but they just didn’t work together).

  10. Elena

    This sounds absolutely amazing! I am definitely pinning this! Just wanted to let you know that I’m following all of your social networks and via bloglovin’ :o) Have a great day!

  11. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies)

    Who doesn’t love mac n cheese? Will have to try feta sometime; it sounds really good. I add bread crumbs to mine, too–the crunch is needed to balance out that creaminess for the perfect bite. Now I want this for breakfast.

  12. Kristi Rimkus

    I’ve seen cooks make mac and cheese with blue cheese, and other cheeses, but never with feta. Perfect timing for me – I just bought a huge container of it from Costco!

  13. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    What, walk away? I want to walk right into this! I need a comfort food… I haven’t eaten much lately but I can always eat delicious mac and cheese. Sounds wonderful~~!

  14. Valerie

    I would never think of feta as “blah blah!” (I sometimes eat it straight from the wee little container.) *shhh*

    This macaroni and cheese looks like heaven! Love your Macedonian take on an American dish!

  15. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    Wow, Kate, that looks so yummy. I love feta cheese in so many things, but I’ve never tried it in mac and cheese.

    What’s so awful about Vegeta?

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Somewhere around the 1970’s Vegeta took over Macedonian kitchens, and people stopped using herbs … Vegeta is like the substitute for everything. But, thyme and rosemary are slowly coming back, so there’s hope!!
      I, personally don’t like the taste of it, but as I said, I also don’t like it because home cooks stopped using fresh herbs.

  16. Joanne

    I don’t think I could ever ever tire of feta recipes! I’ve never used it in mac and cheese before though…GENIUS idea!

  17. mjskit

    Feta sounds like a great cheese for mac & cheese and I never get tired of recipes with feta! This looks like another great comfort food! have a great weekend!

  18. A_Boleyn

    Like you, I grew up in a household (Romanian from Yugoslavia) where salt and pepper, and occasionally paprika, were the only spices used. Parsley and very rarely dill were the herbs.

    My mom was amazed at the spices I ended up with at my house. 🙂

    Great dish meant for someone with a hearty appetite.

  19. Meghan

    You just keep bringing on the cheesy recipes! I love them all!! Just made some mac & cheese last week & now I have to try yours! have a great weekend 🙂

  20. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen

    Walk away from Feta? Never! I always buy the great big container of Feta at Costco and I’m always looking for new ways to use it. This looks SO good!

  21. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    Keep the feta recipes coming. I’m loving all of them and this pasta dish looks great with the crumbs on top.

  22. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    Hahaha…I know what you mean! My MIL can’t cook without vegeta LOL! On the other hand I stopped using it almost a year ago..well sometimes I added it but that is very rare. I love baked mac&cheese plus feta…how yummy that is! LOVE IT!

  23. Nancy R

    Oh you make me laugh Kate! So true with the “Vegeta” line. It has got to be the number one thing in any Macedonian pantry. It pretty much goes into every savoury dish I know. My sister-in-laws mother (yes Macedonian) rubs it into chicken pieces when doing a BBQ.
    I love Mac and Feta cheese. Your looks so delish! 🙂

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      My mom also rubs it in chicken for bbq! LOL 🙂
      You know, I am so anti Vegeta that it drives my family crazy!

  24. Denise Browning@From Brazil To You

    You are killing me softly, Kate! Mac and Cheese is my fav American dish and yours made me sigh…

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