Top Rated Mac and Cheese Recipes

This homey treat comes from Taylor Hicks’ own kitchen! 
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Introducing West Hollywood’s acclaimed jalapeño mac & cheese from The Hudson! Macaroni and cheese is the perfect vehicle for jalapeño pepper goodness: the seemingly infinite creaminess expertly neutralizes fiery heat so that each spicy wallop is followed by mouth-mellowing Cheddar. A delicate dose of shallot and garlic adds caramelized sweetness, and a layer of parmesan bread crumbs encourages crispy, crunchy, deeply burnished pieces of cheese at the edges of the cast iron skillet. Get your forks ready because this dish is not one to be missed.
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These are a handy lunch box alternative to sandwiches and are loaded with hidden veggies! The Sneaky Chef mac and cheese formula is tried and true, and this turns it into a hand-held meal that can be popped into the kids’ lunch boxes. No fork is needed, as they are eaten just like a muffin. Kids don't mind them cold. Make ahead and freeze, take them out and put into the fridge the night before, and you are set to go.
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Maine Lobster Mac and Cheese
This is a decadent side dish for a holiday feast, thanks to mascarpone and goat cheeses, black truffles, and butter-sautéed Maine lobster. The original directions call for it being plated, it also works to prep it in advance and keep it covered in a warm oven. For added crunch, top it with panko flakes and melted butter, and set it under the broiler for a few minutes. Serve it with a rich white Burgundy. Recipe courtesy of chef Margaret McLellen. Click Here to See More Mac and Cheese Recipes
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Along with making sandwiches and casseroles with your leftover Thanksgiving dinner, there's mac and cheese. This recipe incorporates a bit of freshness, with sage and garlic, to make the best use out of your uneaten turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberries. For more turkey talk, visit The Daily Meal's Guide to Thanksgiving!
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The Daily Meal is spending football season getting favorite game-day and tailgating recipes from chef supporters of Taste of the NFL. This week celebrity chef Ellie Krieger is sharing her recipe for Mac & Cheese Cups from her new cookbook, You Have It Made. Baking macaroni and cheese in a muffin tin makes it easy for everyone to grab his or her own individualized cups of this comfort food staple while enjoying the game. Stirring in puréed butternut squash for extra creaminess and color. Freeze the leftovers and easily reheat them whenever you want.
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After trying this recipe once, using Cheez-Its as a crust for your mac and cheese will be a no-brainer. Too much cheese, you say? Not even close. The salty, crunchy qualities of the crackers add a balance of texture and flavor to a creamy, mild, (and dare we say cheesy) mac and cheese.  Click here to see 6 Easy Cheez-It Recipes
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Like most little kids, Dahlia loves macaroni and cheese, and I‘ve made it for her in many guises, running the gamut of techniques. My aim is always the same — to make the dish quickly with a minimum of fuss and to use a maximum of vegetables that she will tolerate and not pick out.  This is one of both our favorites. It’s comforting, crusty-topped, soft-centered, and very cheesy — but not at all sophisticated. Just simple, kid-friendly, homemade food with the added grown-up appeal of lots of healthful carrots tossed into the mix. It’s a straightforward recipe that comes together without much fuss, other than having to grate some carrots. But to make up for that, I’ve eliminated the need to make a cheese sauce on the top of the stove. Instead, I toss the hot pasta with grated Cheddar, butter, sour cream for creaminess, and eggs to hold it all together. The grated carrots get boiled along with the pasta, so cooking them isn’t an extra step. And the tiny orange shreds look so much like the Cheddar that your kids might not even notice they are there. Dahlia certainly hasn’t, and while I’ve never lied to her about their inclusion, I might have left out the word carrot in the dish description — accidentally, of course. This is one of those macaroni and cheeses with an eggy custard base that puffs as it cooks, and is cut into squares to serve, like a casserole, as opposed to that gooey, creamy, stove-top béchamel sauce version. Feed this dish to the kids as is; grown-ups should indulge with a squirt of fiery Sriracha or other hot sauce all over the top. You can vary the cheese to give this rather plain (if tasty) dish more personality. Gruyère, aged Cheddar, pecorino, and aged Gouda will all add a sophisticated allure that will raise it above mere kids’ food. Click here to see the Outstanding Mac and Cheese Recipes story.
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We love any way to spice up a mac and cheese, and this recipe was one of our favorites. Sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli florets, and a cheesy sauce take the heat with a dash of cayenne, resulting in a savory and gooey mac and cheese that has a hint of spice in it.
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Baked Mac and Cheese Casserole
Technically speaking, baked macaroni and cheese is a casserole. Think about it: baked in one dish, feeds a whole family, totally decadent, and it is comforting. Yep, fits the criteria to us! We promise this recipes will completely make you look at mac and cheese as a main course and not a side!
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For those of you who are constantly looking to spruce up your mac and cheese, this recipe calls for two no-fail ingredients: jalapeño and bacon. That’s not only our favorite part, though, because we’re pretty sure this is the first version we’ve seen with Boursin cheese in the noodle casserole. Click here to see more casserole recipes.
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I call this the ultimate because of the sauce — it's perfectly smooth and creamy, just the way I like it. If you prefer a less smooth cheese or a different flavor profile, feel free to substitute your favorite cheeses in. Just remember what Laura Werlin says when it comes to cheese: an infinite number of cheeses can go into your mac and cheese, but what matters is the results you're looking for. Choose the cheeses that will give you those results. 
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