The 34 Gooiest, Creamiest, Most Over-the-Top Macaroni and Cheese Recipes
January 22, 2019
If you have a cheesy craving, we’ve got you covered with these delicious mac and cheese recipes
Macaroni and cheese, mac and cheese, macaroni pie, whatever name you use, you probably love it. This iconic dish has been around for centuries, with one recipe for a cheese and pasta casserole called mekerouns found in a medieval English cookbook from the 14th century. In 1802, Thomas Jefferson (after discovering macaroni in Paris and Italy) served “a pie called macaroni” at a state dinner. By the mid 1880s, macaroni madness was spreading across the country, with recipes for the cheesy pasta dish showing up in cookbooks in many states far west of the capital. The dish lost its upper class appeal as it became more accessible to a larger portion of society. In 1937, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese was introduced and became an immediate success.
We scoured The Daily Meal for the best mac and cheese recipes we could find. There is a recipe for everyone, some with lobster, and some with crab, an array of different cheese combinations, gluten-free recipes, and healthy recipes that are still satisfyingly decadent. Go ahead and discover a delicious mac and cheese recipe to make tonight!
Alaska Crab Mac and Cheese
Upgrade your mac and cheese with the addition of Alaskan crab! Crispy, cheesy and delicious.
The Best Mac and Cheese Ever
This mac and cheese recipe is super-simple to make and will definitely satisfy any cheesy cravings you might have.
Chef Chloe's Best-Ever Vegan Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Vegans need not miss out on the decadence of mac and cheese, with this hearty recipe that uses nutritional yeast, dairy free milk and a number of delicious seasonings.
Cheez-It Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese with a cheesy crust of Cheez-Its is a salty, crunchy, cheesy, creamy, dish of indulgence. Are you up to the cheesy challenge?
The Darby's Three Cheese Macaroni
The more cheese the merrier, at least in this recipe. Parmesan, cheddar, and Gruyère team up to pack a cheesy punch, and Dijon mustard, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce add depth of flavor to this rich mac and cheese.
Deep-Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites
How do you up the ante when it comes to mac and cheese? Why, deep fry it into cheesy, crunchy, bite-sized balls of course!
Easy Macaroni and Cheese
Try this simple mac and cheese recipe and never go back to the boxed stuff again!
Gluten-Free Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
Subtract gluten and add bacon in this mac and cheese recipe that even the gluten-intolerant can enjoy.
Gochujang Mac and Cheese
Spice up your mac and cheese with the popular Korean condiment gochujang. It’s savory, spicy, and full of flavor.
Grilled Corn Mac and Cheese
Top your mac and cheese with fresh corn and thyme for a tasty, seasonal mac and cheese.
Healthy Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash
Indulgent doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy. Find out for yourself with this healthy but oh-so-cheesy butternut mac and cheese.
Imitation Crab Macaroni and Cheese
If you are a fan of imitation crab, then this is the recipe for you. Mix the “crab” into the cheesy pasta goodness and throw it into the oven under a blanket of breadcrumbs and more cheese until it is crispy and bubbling.
Kim Kardashian’s Mac and Cheese
If you have faith in the Kardashian Klan, then try this mac and cheese recipe that Kim K swears by. With six different types of cheese in this recipe, Kim might seriously be on to something.
Lobster Mac and Cheese
Add lobster to your mac and cheese for ultimate decadence. This is a recipe you won’t want to miss.
Mac and Cheese With Braised Leeks and Asiago
Sweet braised leeks and sharp Asiago cheese make for a tasty twist on a cheesy classic.
Mac and Cheese Chile Rellenos
Turn your chiles rellenos up a notch by stuffing them full of mac and cheese. Crunch, spice and ooze make for an incredibly comforting dish.
Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins
Here’s an indulgent, cheesy lunchbox recipe that kids will love to eat. Carrot purée adds a sneaky helping of vegetables that kids won’t even notice.
Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burger
Combine mac and cheese with a burger for an over-the-top combination that will quell a multitude of cravings.
Mac and Cheese Waffles
Don’t rely on an oven for a crispy mac and cheese — instead, turn to your waffle iron to create a wonderful crunchy exterior. Make some mac and cheese, and once it is cool, waffle it until brown with lovely, crispy edges.
Manchego Mac and Cheese With Fresh Chorizo
Give mac and cheese a Spanish makeover by adding chorizo and manchego cheese. Heavy cream and cheddar cheese add even more oomph to this decadent, cheesy dish.
Microwave Mac and Cheese
Have yourself a creamy, ooey-gooey mac and cheese feast in next to no time with this microwave version of the cheesy classic.
Mediterranean Mac and Cheese
It might not be loaded with butter and cream, but this Mediterranean mac and cheese will still scratch that mac and cheese itch. It is delicious and easy to make, and because it’s healthy you need not feel guilty about having seconds, or even thirds!
Organic Mac and Cheese
Here is a traditional macaroni and cheese recipe that contains good-for-you organic ingredients that you can feel good about feeding to your whole family.
PointsPlus Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Will you notice the skim milk and low-fat cheese in this recipe? Try it and find out if you think this lighter variation on a hearty dish is as good as the original.
Ricotta Mac and Cheese
This easy recipe is cheesy and comforting, perfect for those days when you want to be cozy at home.
Ritz Cracker Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
Make these crunchy, gooey fried mac and cheese balls for a decadent start to a dinner party. Everyone will adore these delicious bites.
Slow 'N' Crispy Mac 'N' Cheese
This recipe has a nutty surprise in the breadcrumb topping that adds a nice pop of flavor.
Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese
The key to this super-delicious macaroni and cheese is the custom cheese blend of smoked Gouda, salty pecorino and sharp cheddar. Rosemary and thyme also add a lovely extra kick of aromatics.
Spicy 'Home Fries' Mac and Cheese
Combine dinner and breakfast for the ultimately cheesy potato-pasta dish.
Spicy Mac and Cheese
A sprinkling of cayenne peppers adds a lovely hint of spice amid the cheesy goodness. Cheddar, Gruyère and Gouda team up in this cheesy dish.
Spicy Three Cheese Mac & Cheese
Add scallions and jalapeños to your mac and cheese for an irresistible bowl of decadent, spicy macaroni and cheese.
Thanksgiving Leftover Mac and Cheese
If you have recently had a feast of roasted turkey and all the fixings, transform the remnants into a delicious mac and cheese dish. People won’t be disappointed to see these leftovers!
Velveeta Mac and Cheese
For the silkiest, creamiest mac and cheese you could possibly imagine, look no further than Velveeta. There’s no need to make a roux in this easy recipe, so it can be ready in a flash, it really is one of those delicious pasta recipes perfect for any occasion.
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