Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

These deep fried balls of pasta and cheese will make you unbutton your pants!
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author ijustmakesandwiches


For Mac and Cheese

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup cheddar
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup parmesan

For Bacon Jam

  • 1/2 cup diced bacon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • splash red wine vinegar


  1. Roll out the pasta dough until thin, about the second to last setting. Cut into desired sized strips
  2. Shape pasta with paddle and dowel, making sure to keep the pasts pieces you haven’t shaped, covered with a damp paper towel. Place shaped pasta on a sheet pan dusted with semolina flour.
  3. Cook pasta 3-5 minutes in salted water.
  4. Make cheese sauce by bringing milk and cream to a boil. Turn off heat and begin to add cheese in small batches, stirring with a whisk.
  5. Add pasta and stir until incorporated. Remove from pot and cool in a semi-shallow pan in the refrigerator until cool and cheese sauce has set.
  6. Scoop mac and cheese with a cookie scooper (or even an ice cream scooper, I’m not going to crush your dreams). Bread pasta balls.
  7. Heat vegetable oil over medium high heat.
  8. Fry pasta balls in oil until golden brown. Remove from oil and season with salt.

For Bacon Jam

  1. Render bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove half of fat. Add brown sugar and cook until dissolved. Add vinegar. Blend in a blender or pulse in a food processor until bacon bits have been created. Enjoy with Mac and Cheese Balls