Top Rated Mac and Cheese Recipes

Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
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Recreate a state fair favorite at home, with ingredients you already have in your pantry like boxed mac and cheese and Italian-style breadcrumbs. Fried Mac and Cheese Balls will be a hit with both the kids and grownups at your table. Click Here to See More Mac and Cheese Recipes
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Trade your potato recipe for this Pesto Mac and Cheese. Double or triple the pesto recipe, refrigerate some, and use it to top some fettuccini you whip up later that week. Put any leftover pesto in the freeze in ice cube trays. Recipe Courtesy of Chef David Venable
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Chorizo Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. This recipe combines a rich cheese sauce, packed with sharp cheddar and Manchego cheeses, with crisp and spicy slices of chorizo sausage. Instead of the baked casserole version of mac and cheese, this one simply calls for combining the sauce with the pasta before serving.  Click here to see Recipe SWAT Team: Chorizo
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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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Buffalo Mac n Cheese
Three cheeses and a kick of spice makes this comfort favorite a whole new story. For the ultimate trio, combine any two sharp cheeses, in this instance, two bold Irish Cheddars, with a smoother Gouda. When blended together, they make for a creamy, cheesy, spicy dream — one spoonful will just not do the trick. 
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The other night I had five men over for dinner.  It was, of course, a business dinner for my husband.  And, it was super easy to cook for.  Because, truth be told, men are just big boys and they love the comfort food of their youth.  And, if you can spice it up a bit- give it a little bit of adult flavor, they love it even more.  Gourmet Mac and Cheese is the perfect dish for any guy…it’s the waist conscience girls that balk. What makes this mac and cheese special?  For starters, the creamy richness of this dish sets it apart.  This is no bought in a box mac and cheese.  This is the real deal, made with whole milk and butter.  And, the generous use of good cheese and spices take this old favorite to a new level.  The nuttiness of an aged Gruyère coupled with the tang of a sharp Cheddar, with a dusting of cayenne and nutmeg thrown in for good measure, create a dish that is sophisticated enough to please the palate of any gourmet yet still makes you feel like you are six.  Every time I make this I half expect to hear “Mom, is there any more?” from the guests at the table.  And, while the “Mom” part might get left out- there are rarely leftovers when all is said and done!
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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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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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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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We all know kids love eating mac and cheese, so why not serve them a healthy one and make it a win-win for both parents and kids? This recipe from Chelsea Table's chef David Seigal uses organic ingredients to make a mac and cheese that's nutritious and delicious.
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My daughter Sammy never liked taking chicken to school for lunch, but when I put this dish 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 day! Maybe that’s why she aced the math test!
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