The 34 Gooiest, Creamiest, Most Over-the-Top Macaroni and Cheese Recipes
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The 34 Gooiest, Creamiest, Most Over-the-Top Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

If you have a cheesy craving, we’ve got you covered with these delicious mac and cheese recipes
The 34 Gooiest, Creamiest, Most Over-the-Top Macaroni and Cheese Recipes
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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

Alaska Crab Mac and Cheese
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Upgrade your mac and cheese with the addition of Alaskan crab! Crispy, cheesy and delicious.

For the Alaska Crab Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

The Best Mac and Cheese Ever

The Best Mac and Cheese Ever
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This mac and cheese recipe is super-simple to make and will definitely satisfy any cheesy cravings you might have.

For the Best Mac and Cheese Ever recipe, click here.

 

Chef Chloe's Best-Ever Vegan Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Chef Chloe's Best-Ever Vegan Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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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.

For the Chef Chloe's Best-Ever Vegan Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Cheez-It Mac and Cheese

Cheez-It Mac and Cheese
Patricia Stagich

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?

For the Cheez-It Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

The Darby's Three Cheese Macaroni

The Darby's Three Cheese Macaroni
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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.

For The Darby's Three Cheese Macaroni recipe, click here.

 

Deep-Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Deep-Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites
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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!

For the Deep-Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites recipe, click here.

 

Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Easy Macaroni and Cheese
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Try this simple mac and cheese recipe and never go back to the boxed stuff again!

For the Easy Macaroni and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Gluten-Free Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Gluten-Free Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
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Subtract gluten and add bacon in this mac and cheese recipe that even the gluten-intolerant can enjoy.

For the Gluten-Free Bacon Macaroni and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Gochujang Mac and Cheese

Gochujang Mac and Cheese
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Spice up your mac and cheese with the popular Korean condiment gochujang. It’s savory, spicy, and full of flavor.

For the Gochujang Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Grilled Corn Mac and Cheese

Grilled Corn Mac and Cheese
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Top your mac and cheese with fresh corn and thyme for a tasty, seasonal mac and cheese.

For the Grilled Corn Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Healthy Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash

Healthy Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash
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Indulgent doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy. Find out for yourself with this healthy but oh-so-cheesy butternut mac and cheese.

For the Healthy Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash recipe, click here.

 

Imitation Crab Macaroni and Cheese

Imitation Crab Macaroni and Cheese
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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.

For the Imitation Crab Macaroni and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Kim Kardashian’s Mac and Cheese

Kim Kardashian’s Mac and Cheese
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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.

For the Kim Kardashian’s Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Lobster Mac and Cheese
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Add lobster to your mac and cheese for ultimate decadence. This is a recipe you won’t want to miss.

For the Lobster Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Mac and Cheese With Braised Leeks and Asiago

Mac and Cheese With Braised Leeks and Asiago
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Sweet braised leeks and sharp Asiago cheese make for a tasty twist on a cheesy classic.

For the Mac and Cheese With Braised Leeks and Asiago recipe, click here.

 

Mac and Cheese Chile Rellenos

Mac and Cheese Chile Rellenos
Dan Whalen

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.

For the Mac and Cheese Chile Rellenos recipe, click here.

 

Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins

Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins
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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.

For the Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins recipe, click here.

 

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burger

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burger
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Combine mac and cheese with a burger for an over-the-top combination that will quell a multitude of cravings.

For the Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burger recipe, click here.

 

Mac and Cheese Waffles

Mac and Cheese Waffles
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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.

For the Mac and Cheese Waffles recipe, click here.

 

Manchego Mac and Cheese With Fresh Chorizo

Manchego Mac and Cheese With Fresh Chorizo
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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.

For the Manchego Mac and Cheese with Fresh Chorizo recipe, click here.

 

Microwave Mac and Cheese

Microwave Mac and Cheese
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Have yourself a creamy, ooey-gooey mac and cheese feast in next to no time with this microwave version of the cheesy classic.

For the Microwave Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Mediterranean Mac and Cheese

Mediterranean Mac and Cheese
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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!

For the Mediterranean Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Organic Mac and Cheese

Organic Mac and Cheese
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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.

For the Organic Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Pesto Mac and Cheese

Pesto Mac and Cheese
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Make your next pasta with pesto decadent and cheesy by combining it with mac and cheese. Gooey mozzarella, sharp Asiago and savory Parmesan (in the pesto) team up in this delicious pasta recipe.

For the Pesto Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

PointsPlus Baked Macaroni and Cheese

PointsPlus Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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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.

For the PointsPlus Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Ricotta Mac and Cheese

Ricotta Mac and Cheese
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This easy recipe is cheesy and comforting, perfect for those days when you want to be cozy at home.

For the Ricotta Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Ritz Cracker Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

Ritz Cracker Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
Patricia Stagich

Make these crunchy, gooey fried mac and cheese balls for a decadent start to a dinner party. Everyone will adore these delicious bites.

For the Ritz Cracker Fried Mac and Cheese Balls recipe, click here.

 

Slow 'N' Crispy Mac 'N' Cheese

Slow 'N' Crispy Mac 'N' Cheese
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This recipe has a nutty surprise in the breadcrumb topping that adds a nice pop of flavor.

For the Slow 'N' Crispy Mac 'N' Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese

Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese
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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.

For the Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Spicy 'Home Fries' Mac and Cheese

Spicy 'Home Fries' Mac and Cheese
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Combine dinner and breakfast for the ultimately cheesy potato-pasta dish.

For the Spicy 'Home Fries' Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Spicy Mac and Cheese

Spicy Mac and Cheese
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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.

For the Spicy Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Spicy Three Cheese Mac & Cheese

 Spicy Three Cheese Mac & Cheese
Tim McGeever

Add scallions and jalapeños to your mac and cheese for an irresistible bowl of decadent, spicy macaroni and cheese.

For the Spicy Three Cheese Mac & Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Thanksgiving Leftover Mac and Cheese

Thanksgiving Leftover Mac and Cheese
Delicatessan

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!

For the Thanksgiving Leftover Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Velveeta Mac and Cheese

 Velveeta Mac and Cheese
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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.

For the Velveeta Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

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