Outstanding Mac and Cheese Recipes Slideshow

1. Bobby Flay’s Macaroni and Cheese Carbonara

Ben Fink

With five different types of cheese (count them — Asiago, Irish Cheddar, American Cheddar, fontina, and Parmesan — five!) and a little pancetta, Bobby transforms the classic one-pot dish into something truly special.

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2. Mac and Cheese with Braised Leeks and Asiago

Viviane Bauquet Farre

Viviane Bauquet Farre, author of the award-winning blog Food and Style, offers up this elegant take on mac and cheese that stays true to her motto: seasonal, modern, and exuberant.

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3. BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese

Jerry Errico

It may not sound like light, low-calorie fare, but at just 255 calories per serving, this comforting macaroni and cheese is indeed a featherweight. Missy Chase Lapine, author of The Speedy Sneaky Chef, offers numerous ways to slim down comfort foods without losing out on flavor.

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4. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Sage and Gingersnap-Pecan Crust

Stephanie Hua, Lick My Spoon

Seasonal, Italian-inspired, and indulgent, this ode to pasta and cheese from Stephanie Hua of Lick My Spoon is terribly hard to resist. With a sweet and spicy crunch from the gingersnap-pecan crust and a hint of nutmeg, this recipe will definitely make you lick your spoon.

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5. Carroty Mac and Cheese

Andrew Scrivani

What's the best way to sneak vegetables into a kid's diet? Why, hide them in something they can't resist…

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6. Chorizo Mac and Cheese

Molly Aronica

Sharp and tangy Cheddar and manchego cheeses play off garlicky, spicy sausage in this easy-to-make interpretation of mac and cheese…

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7. "World’s Best" Mac and Cheese

Sure to arouse controversy, it's best to keep in mind that "World's Best" is in quotes. The "World's Best" mac and cheese sounds like it should be a lot of work, but it really isn't much harder than easy mac from the blue box. Is it the best? Maybe. Try it and find out.

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