25 Amazing Mac and Cheese Recipes
January 21, 2015
These ooey, gooey recipes will satisfy any comfort food craving
25 Amazing Mac and Cheese Recipes
Macaroni and cheese is one of our favorite comfort foods. We’ve gathered 25 unique recipes to satisfy every taste.
Baked Mac and Cheese Casserole
Carroty Mac and Cheese
There’s nothing wrong with sneaking a few vegetables into this creamy and decadent dish! This version uses grated carrots that are cooked for a few minutes along with the macaroni — they blend perfectly into the texture of the finished dish. Click here for the recipe.
Cheez-It Mac and Cheese
For a lot of people, the best part of baked macaroni and cheese is the buttery, breadcrumb topping. The only way to make it better? Use crushed cheese crackers instead of breadcrumbs! Click here for the recipe.
Crispy Sriracha Mac and Cheese
Sriracha and comfort food seem to go hand in hand — we use it for everything from topping burgers to saucing wings. When it comes to spicing up our macaroni and cheese, then, it’s only fitting that we would use this beloved hot pepper sauce. Topped with breadcrumbs and baked in the oven, this macaroni and cheese is creamy, crunchy, cheesy, and spicy. Click here for the recipe.
Easy Mac and Cheese
Who can resist a trio of melted cheeses and soft, slightly chewy noodles? Not many people. Homemade always beats store-bought, and this is especially true when it comes to mac and cheese. Try this simple recipe and taste the difference. Click here for the recipe.
Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
Recreate a state fair favorite with ingredients you already have in your pantry, like boxed macaroni and cheese and Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs. One bite of these gooey, crispy-coated macaroni and cheese bites and you’ll be hooked. Click here for the recipe.
Gooey Mac and Cheese
This super creamy macaroni and cheese has an incredible depth of flavor thanks to the sharp Cheddar cheese, tangy goat cheese, and slightly spicy dry mustard. Click here for the recipe.
Gluten-Free Bacon Mac and Cheese
Healthy Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash
Our healthy mac and cheese recipe has fewer calories and less fat than the original 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 helps creates a luscious and creamy consistency. Click here for the recipe.
Jalapeño Bacon Mac and Cheese
You can’t fail when you add bacon and jalapeño to, well, anything — including ooey, gooey macaroni and cheese. Click here for the recipe.
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 in the first go. If do you need to reheat, add in more cheese and reheat in the oven. Click here for the recipe.
Mac and Cheese with Braised Leeks and Asiago
When braised, leeks lose their sharp flavor and turn mellow and sweet. Pair them with a sweet and slightly tangy Asiago and you have a grown-up mac and cheese that will make you come back for seconds even if your stomach is already full. Click here for the recipe.
Mediterranean Mac and Cheese
This easy macaroni and cheese is made with just six ingredients (plus salt and pepper) like protein-packed garbanzo beans and heart-healthy olive oil. Want to give it another twist? Make it with Israeli couscous instead of elbow noodles. Click here for the recipe.
Organic Mac and Cheese
This classic macaroni and cheese recipe is a perfect blank canvas; add anything from crispy bacon to roasted tomatoes before topping it with breadcrumbs and serving. Click here for the recipe.
Ranch Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese never gets old, but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up a bit. This recipe uses ranch dressing and a handful of seasonings to add a bit of tang. Our favorite part? The sour cream mixed in right at the end creates the creamiest cheese sauce we’ve tried yet. Click here for the recipe.
Ricotta Mac and Cheese
This easy-to-make macaroni and cheese is extra creamy and milky, thanks to the mozzarella and ricotta cheeses. A bit nontraditional, but still just as good as the original, this macaroni and cheese is perfect if you’re not a fan of Cheddar. Click here for the recipe.
Pesto Mac and Cheese
This vegetable-packed pesto adds tons of flavor to macaroni and cheese. The peas and spinach have lots of traditional pesto flavor because they’re puréed with basil, pine nuts, garlic, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Click here for the recipe.
Sauce and Meatballs Mac and Cheese
Two delicious comfort foods collide when mac and cheese gets made over with meatballs. A touch of tomato sauce and super creamy burrata add even more authentic Italian flavor. Click here for the recipe.
Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese
Homemade macaroni and cheese is a real treat. Now imagine making a big batch of it with virtually no effort. If you have a Dutch oven or covered baking dish, this quick and easy recipe is a must-try. Click here for the recipe.
Soy-Free Vegan Mac and Cheese
This quick and easy vegan macaroni and cheese recipe doesn’t use any tofu, so it’s perfect for vegans with a soy allergy. Be careful when selecting miso, though; it can sometimes contain soy. Click here for the recipe.
Spicy Three-Cheese Mac and Cheese
Velveeta Mac and Cheese
Next time someone tells you there are no shortcuts in life, prove them wrong with a bowl of this super creamy macaroni and cheese. No one will believe that you made it from scratch with just a handful of ingredients. Click here for the recipe.
Zesty Kale Mac and Cheese
This macaroni and cheese recipe uses super-nutritious kale two ways: once when it’s spiced with garlic and red pepper flakes and mixed into the casserole, and a second time when it’s used to create a crispy, oven-roasted topping for the dish. Click here for the recipe.