Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

Use leftover shredded pork in this barbecue pulled pork mac and cheese casserole. It’s creamy, cheesy and serves a crowd.

Two of my very favorite comfort foods: macaroni and cheese and pulled pork. Not only are they delicious, but I love how versatile each of the classic recipes are. You can literally pair just about anything with shredded pork and cheesy macaroni.

So why not put two of my loves together in one casserole? Meet Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese. Your new favorite casserole.

pulled pork mac and cheese in a casserole

Thanks to the Ohio Pork Council for sponsoring this post and allowing us to share this pork casserole recipe.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • from scratch casserole
  • three cheeses
  • uses leftover pulled pork
  • favorite barbecue sauce
  • ideal for potlucks and family gatherings
overhead view of pulled pork mac and cheese casserole

How to Make Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

Although this recipe is easy to make, it does take several pans. You’ll need to start the macaroni cooking, and while that is cooking, make your homemade cheese sauce.

Make the cheese sauce.

  • In a medium saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Add in the flour, salt and sugar, then stir until smooth.
  • Gradually add in the milk, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until the mixture has thickened. Reduce the heat to low.
  • Stir in the Velveeta cheese until melted. Stir in cottage cheese, sour cream and 1 cup cheddar cheese until melted.

A note on the cheese sauce. Feel free to switch up the cheeses. If you don’t want to use Velveeta, use more cheddar cheese…or monterey jack or white cheddar or colby. Any should work so feel free to get creative.

Prepare the pork.

This recipe is perfect for leftover pulled pork. This can be smoked pork (hello amazing flavor!) or a slow cooker shredded pork.

You’ll need around 4 cups of shredded pork. If you use any more than 4 cups you may want to use a bigger pan to cook the casserole in because it will be very full.

To the shredded pork, add about 1 ¼ cups of your favorite barbecue sauce. We like homemade bbq sauce, but you can use absolutely anyone you like. Please note that the type of bbq sauce you use will result in the flavor of the casserole. Make sure you choose a bbq sauce you love.

Assemble and bake.

Drain the macaroni and place it in a greased 9×13 baking pan.

  • Pour the cheese mixture over macaroni.
  • Spoon the pulled pork evenly over the macaroni and cheese.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining cheddar cheese.
  • Bake, covered, for 20 minutes, then uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes or until heated through.

You can reduce the baking time by heating the barbecue pork mixture before spooning it on top. That way you won’t be adding cold pork to the macaroni and cheese, making it longer to bake.

What goes with pulled pork mac and cheese?

Looking to make this a complete meal? Here are a few of our favorite side dishes:

pulled pork mac and cheese in a bowl

Recipe Variations:

  • Need dinner faster? Use a pre-made, microwaveable macaroni and cheese for an extra quick recipe. Just add to the casserole dish and spoon pork on the top as the recipe suggests.
  • Don’t like bbq sauce? Skip it! Just mix the pork into the cheesy macaroni and bake.
  • Looking for low carb? Use chopped cauliflower in place of the elbow macaroni.
  • Need gluten free? Use gluten free pasta (or chickpea pasta) and gluten free all-purpose flour.

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pulled pork mac and cheese in a casserole
pulled pork mac and cheese in a casserole

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

4.84 from 12 votes
Use leftover shredded pork in this barbecue pulled pork mac and cheese casserole. It's creamy, cheesy and serves a crowd.
Servings 15
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese (cubed)
  • 1 1/3 cups cottage cheese
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 4 cups pulled pork
  • 1 1/4 cups barbecue sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain the macaroni and place it in a greased 9×13 baking pan (or one slightly larger).
  • In a medium saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Add in the flour, salt and sugar, then stir until smooth.
  • Gradually add in the milk, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until the mixture has thickened. Reduce the heat to low.
  • Stir in the Velveeta cheese until melted.
  • Stir in cottage cheese, sour cream and 1 cup cheddar cheese until melted.
  • Pour the cheese mixture over macaroni.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the pulled pork and barbecue sauce. Spoon the pulled pork evenly over the macaroni and cheese.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining cheddar cheese.
  • Bake, covered, for 20 minutes, then uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes or until heated through.
  • Sprinkle the top with french fried onions or freshly snipped parsley if desired.

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Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 15, with 1 serving being 1/15 of the casserole. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1241mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 306mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 463
Keyword comfort food, leftovers

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    1. Ricotta or farmer’s cheese would work. You could also use sour cream or just increase the cheddar.

    2. I would Make It without cottage Cheese. I would use Sharp Cheddar, Parmesaean on top with Bread Crumbs and Maybe Colby.

    1. I think it could be, but we haven’t tried it so can’t give exact baking instructions.

  1. 5 stars
    I made this last night, it was SO GOOD!! My question is, does it freeze well? I have picky eaters who won’t eat the same dinner two nights in a row…

  2. So silly question for you ~ how much from a 2lb block of Velveeta cheese equals the 8oz needed? I’m horrible at measurements like this LOL!

  3. 5 stars
    This turned out amazing! Tweaked it a little with Italian and pepper jack shredded cheese, no cottage cheese, and heavy whip instead of milk. Added some heat with a diced jalepeno and honey ChipotleBBQ…best thing I’ve cooked in a long time!

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