Top Rated Mac and Cheese Recipes

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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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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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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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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Manchego Mac and Cheese with Fresh Chorizo
A Spanish-style makeover of simple mac and cheese complete with tangy Manchego cheese and chorizo; although it’s a bit less authentic than dried, use fresh chorizo to achieve the slightly spicy flavor. Reheating cheese sauces can get tricky, so try to serve it all on the first go. If do you need to reheat, add in more cheese and reheat in the oven.Click Here For More Macaroni and Cheese Recipes
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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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Our healthy mac and cheese has fewer calories and less fat without sacrificing the trademark cheesy flavor and hearty satisfaction that mac and cheese brings to the dinner table. Using a butternut squash purée as a base creates a luscious and creamy consistency that is poured over the noodles. In our recipe, we’ve also opted to use a quick and easy frozen purée that cuts down on prep and cook time.
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Go-Chu-Jang Mac and Cheese
Recipe Courtesy of BibigoYou may be unfamiliar of the popular Korean condiment, Gochujang, but it’s time to get acquainted. This red chili paste is savory, spicy, and flavorful; using even a little completely transforms any boring plate of food. Gochujang provides the perfect counter-balance to the richness of macaroni and cheese.  
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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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Add a few nutrients to your mac and cheese with this spinach version. It's perfect as a fancier spin on a traditional dorm food.
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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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