Top Rated Mac and Cheese Recipes

My friends Linda and Kelly Hayes are big meatball fans. (Well, let’s face it: They’re equal-opportunity foodies.) They’re also great cooks. One time I was enjoying yet another delicious meal at their house, and Linda suggested I do a riff on spaghetti and meatballs for this book. What a great idea, I thought. This dish is unquestionably hearty, and yes, it takes a bit longer than some other recipes in this book, but I promise you, the results are totally worth it. Oh, and the burrata (cream-filled mozzarella) on top? Amazing. If you can’t find it, then do yourself a favor and get the best-quality fresh mozzarella you can find.
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Kale seems to have become the vegetable of the moment, which is good news for kale lovers like me. In this mac and cheese, the hearty vegetable appears two ways: mixed into the casserole and also as a crispy topping. Because of this, it almost seems like it’s two different vegetables, which makes this not only delicious but also fun to eat.
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Gluten-Free Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Recipe Courtesy of Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS"Tis the season for comfort food, and one of America’s all-time favorite comfort foods is macaroni and cheese. It’s melty, gooey and cheesy—so, really, what’s not to love?A lot, actually. The famous blue box that many of us ate as children is loaded with chemicals and preservatives that wreak havoc on our digestive systems and can lead to leaky gut. And homemade versions aren’t always much healthier, either. Aside from the conventional dairy products that are often full of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides, the traditional elbow macaroni that most mac and cheese is made with can cause numerous health issues for those suffering from celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity.The good news is that it’s still possible to enjoy a comforting bowl of cheesy goodness without all the bad stuff. This recipe uses health-boosting cauliflower instead of noodles, plus two types of cheeses packed with the benefits of goat’s milk, as well as protein-rich and gut-healing kefir. This is one mac and cheese that you can feel good about eating."-Dr. Axe 
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Deep-Fried Christmas Ham Mac and Cheese
How do you improve on one of the most popular Christmas dishes? Easy. Fire up the deep fryer! You have not lived until you’ve tried this guiltiest of pleasures. Just don’t make it a habit.
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Try these tasty mac and cheese appetizers made with Ritz Crackers. Plus, they are a great way to use leftover mac and cheese.
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Mac and Cheese Chile Rellenos Recipe
A chile relleno is normally stuffed with cheese, so why not add some mac in there, too? More traditional chile rellenos have an eggy batter that is almost reminiscent of eating a chile omelet. For this bastardized mac and cheese version, I did the standard American bar food breadcrumb crust and it matched perfectly. These chile rellenos have an amazing balance of crunch, spice, ooze and comfort! From Stuffed, by Dan Whalen
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To me, the ultimate diner breakfast isn’t the eggs you find there, but instead it’s the potatoes, especially when they’re in the form of home fries. In this mac and cheese, those home-fried potatoes get their just due by acting as the crowning glory on the creamy, cheesy pasta underneath. I don’t have to wonder what Dr. Atkins would have said about a potato-on-pasta dish, but this is one splurge worth its weight in carbs.
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lobster mac and cheese
The Sea Fire Grill is the sister restaurant to Benjamin Steakhouse and offers an array of locally-sourced fresh seafood and fish items. Highlights from the dinner menu include an impressive raw bar featuring lobster, East and West Coast oysters, shrimp, and Long Island Littleneck Clams, as well as caviar; appetizers include steak tartar, pan-roasted scallops, mussels, and a mouthwatering lobster bisque; entrées include Alaskan King Crab Legs, whole Main lobsters, and yellowfin tuna, as well as steaks and chops; sides include Spanish risotto, wild mushrooms/lemon gnocchi, and, of course, lobster mac and cheese. If you can’t make it out to the Sea Fire Grill then make their mac and cheese recipe right at home!Check out the Sea Fire Grill’s menu here: http://www.theseafiregrill.com/dinner
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Mac and Cheese with Braised Leeks, Asiago, and Parmesan Breadcrumbs
When braised, leeks lose their spunk and turn mellow and sweet, pair them with a sweet and slightly tangy Asiago and you have a mac and cheese that will make you come back for seconds even if your stomach screams it’s full.Click here to see the Outstanding Mac and Cheese Recipes story.
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It doesn't get much better than Macaroni and Cheese featuring Seattle and New York's Beecher's Handmade Cheese. As owner and inventor of the recipe Kurt Dammeier says, "The proportion of pasta to cheese sauce is crucial to the success of the dish. It will look like a lot of sauce for the pasta, but some of the liquid will be absorbed." The best part about this mac and cheese recipe is that it can be made ahead and frozen — just be sure to use a freezer-to-oven-safe pan and increase the baking time to 50 minutes. Click here to see Tips for Making the Perfect Mac 'n' Cheese.  Click here to see the Outstanding Mac and Cheese Recipes story.
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BBQ Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese
Sammy never liked taking chicken to school for lunch, but when I put this macaroni and cheese in her thermos (albeit, a gluten-free version), she came home and told me I had given her two of her favorite foods in one! I don't know who was happier — Sammy or her mother, who had managed to sneak in some more brain-boosting protein into her daughter's mac and cheese lunch! Maybe that's why she aced the math test! Click here to see 7 Quick Tips for Slimming Down Comfort Foods. Click here to see the Outstanding Mac and Cheese Recipes story.
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Soy-Free Vegan Mac and Cheese
A quick and easy vegan mac and cheese that doesn't use tofu — or fat! Miso can have soy in it, so be careful when selecting your miso if you have an allergy or dietary need (chickpea miso is soy-free!). See all mac and cheese recipes.
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