25 Amazing Mac and Cheese Recipes

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

Alexandra Rowley

This one-dish oven-baked pasta is an easy way to feed your family a warm and comforting meal on a busy night. Made with a blend of four cheeses and just a handful of other ingredients, this mac and cheese casserole is sure to become one of your favorites. Click here for the recipe.

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


Using rice or corn flour-based pasta makes it possible to indulge in this rich and creamy comfort food, even if you’re on a gluten-free diet. Even if you’re not, you’ll love the salty bacon and spicy cayenne this recipe calls for. Click here for the recipe.

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.

Lobster Mac and Cheese


If three-cheese macaroni and cheese made with butter and heavy cream doesn’t sound indulgent enough, try adding lobster. This creamy baked pasta is incredibly rich and satisfying, just the way good mac and cheese should be. Click here for the recipe.

Manchego Mac and Cheese with Fresh Chorizo

Julie Ruggirello

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

Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox

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

Jane Bruce

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


This recipe uses fusilli (corkscrew-shaped) pasta, which is perfect for macaroni and cheese because it has lots of space to hold the creamy, cheesy sauce. When it comes to this kicked-up cheese sauce, we wouldn’t want to waste a single bite. Click here for the recipe.

Ultimate Mac and Cheese


Good macaroni and cheese, as we've said, requires perfectly cooked pasta and rich, creamy cheese sauce. This recipe has both, containing chewy, al dente cavatappi and a thick, roux-based four-cheese sauce. Click here for the recipe.

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

Maren Caruso

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.