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15 Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes You'll Love

FEBRUARY 10, 2023
15 Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes You'll Love
Move over grilled cheese, mac and cheese is taking the spotlight! We’ve rounded up all of the best macaroni and cheese recipes so you can have your favorite comfort food in all its cheesy glory. We have plenty of classic mac and cheese recipes, but how about mac and cheese with veggies, bacon, or even squash? You’ll never run out of ways to enjoy this crowd-pleasing dish. So let’s get cooking! These 15 creamy, dreamy mac and cheese recipes are sure to have you coming back for seconds.
Detoxinista

Hidden Cauliflower Mac n' Cheese in the Instant Pot!

This healthy Mac n' Cheese makes an easy weeknight dinner, ready in about 30 minutes. I love how you can sneak an entire pound of cauliflower into this pasta, because it practically dissolves when you give it a stir after cooking it in the Instant Pot. Vegan & gluten-free variations are included!
13
585
53
35 min
TOTAL TIME
400
CALORIES
$1.14
PER SERVING
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Hidden Cauliflower Mac n' Cheese in the Instant Pot!
Cooking Mamas

Mama’s Mac and Cheese

Homemade macaroni and cheese just like my mama used to make! The ultimate comfort food!
742
CALORIES
$1.24
PER SERVING
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Mama’s Mac and Cheese
Yellow Bliss Road

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Tender pasta swimming in a silky, creamy, cheesy sauce. My Stovetop Mac and Cheese is so easy to make you'll never go back to the blue box again!
12,913
8
30 min
TOTAL TIME
1200
CALORIES
$2.56
PER SERVING
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Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
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Savory Experiments

Kale Mac and Cheese

Massaged kale tossed with olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese and sundried tomatoes, this EASY Kale Pasta Salad is the ultimate side dish!
2
97
30 min
TOTAL TIME
176
CALORIES
$0.88
PER SERVING
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Kale Mac and Cheese
Delish

3 Cheese Mac & Cheese

Looking for the perfect baked mac and cheese recipe? This 3-Cheese Mac from Delish.com is the best!
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2,601
488
50 min
TOTAL TIME
984
CALORIES
$3.47
PER SERVING
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3 Cheese Mac & Cheese
My Dainty Soul Curry

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Vegan & GF

The famous butternut squash mac and cheese vegan and gluten-free yet so delicious. This is my instant pot go-to vegan meal, which is taste-tested and kid-approved. Presenting my vegan butternut squash mac and cheese.
9
539
15
9 min
TOTAL TIME
427
CALORIES
$2.49
PER SERVING
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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Vegan & GF
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Cooklist AI

Crispy Delight Mac & Cheese

Luscious, creamy macaroni and cheese with a crispy golden breadcrumb topping make this Crispy Delight Mac & Cheese a go-to comfort food. With the perfect blend of white cheddar and gouda, this dish is a delight for your taste buds.
3
1 hr 15 min
TOTAL TIME
537
CALORIES
$1.14
PER SERVING
Crispy Delight Mac & Cheese
Directions
BREADCRUMBS
1
Melt the unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
2
Add the panko bread crumbs and cook, stirring until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.
3
Remove from heat, season with salt, and set aside.
MAC & CHEESE
4
Preheat oven to 350°F.
5
Boil a pot of salted water and cook elbow macaroni until al dente, about 8-10 minutes. Drain.
6
In a large saucepan or cast-iron skillet, melt the unsalted butter over medium-high heat.
7
Add flour, whisking continuously for 2 minutes.
8
Gradually whisk in milk, Dijon mustard, and white pepper, and simmer, whisking occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
9
Stir in the Kosher salt.
10
Slowly add the shredded white cheddar and gouda cheese, stirring constantly until melted and smooth.
11
Fold in the cooked elbow macaroni.
12
Transfer the macaroni and cheese mixture into a greased 9x13 inch casserole dish.
13
Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top.
14
Bake for 20 minutes, until bubbly.
15
Remove from the oven, set the broiler to high, and broil for 1-2 minutes until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Keep a close eye to avoid burning.
16
Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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thesuburbanmom.com

Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe

The ooey-goey cheesiness of macaroni and cheese taken to the next level by adding bacon! This bacon Bacon Mac & Cheese recipe is sure to be a new family favorite.
30 min
TOTAL TIME
437
CALORIES
$0.69
PER SERVING
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Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe
Bake It With Love

Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This absolutely delicious Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese is wonderfully creamy and extra cheesy! Made with a minimum of three cheeses to make the best ever mac and cheese that is sure to be a family favorite!!
1
43
6
1 hr 5 min
TOTAL TIME
563
CALORIES
$1.14
PER SERVING
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Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese
How To Feed A Loon

The Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

This is the ultimate macaroni and cheese dish that you are going to love. Creamy and cheesy in the middle...a quick browning under the broiler crisps up the toasted bread crumbs and makes for the perfect flavor combination.
3
9,623
20 min
TOTAL TIME
900
CALORIES
$2.95
PER SERVING
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The Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese
The Girl on Bloor

Freezer-Friendly Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

This Freezer-Friendly Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese is a delicious, fall-inspired twist on everyone's favourite comfort food - it's made with roasted veggies for extra nutritional value!
4
364
5
55 min
TOTAL TIME
827
CALORIES
$1.93
PER SERVING
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Freezer-Friendly Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
Kirbie's Cravings

Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy garlic and parmesan cheese flavored macaroni and cheese.
8
159.0k
114.0
30 min
TOTAL TIME
659
CALORIES
$1.22
PER SERVING
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Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese
Cooking Classy

Mac and Cheese

A rich and creamy mac and cheese the people of all ages will love! Includes three kinds of cheese - cheddar, mozzarella and cream cheese. Made on the stovetop for a quick and easy side dish. Makes about 9 1-cup servings.
42
33,316
240
25 min
TOTAL TIME
418
CALORIES
$1.07
PER SERVING
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Mac and Cheese
Modern Crumb

Four Cheese Creamy Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

Are you ready for the side dish of all side dishes? All of your fall and winter dinners will be complete when you serve them with this mac and cheese. A four cheese, super creamy, homemade baked mac and cheese. Thanks to sharp cheddar, monterey jack, parmigiano and mozzarella I am deeming this th...
170
35 min
TOTAL TIME
866
CALORIES
$2.38
PER SERVING
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Four Cheese Creamy Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese
Mom on Time Out

The BEST Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese

The BEST Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese you'll ever try! Extra creamy, loaded with bacon, cream cheese, jalapeños, and kicked up a notch with TABASCO® Sauce, this delicious and easy mac and cheese is sure to be a new favorite! 
2
35,544
4,811
50 min
TOTAL TIME
1020
CALORIES
$2.33
PER SERVING
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The BEST Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese
Alton Brown

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked macaroni and cheese: Enough said. Even though President Thomas Jefferson did enjoy a type of mac and cheese in the White House, most Americans didn't discover the cheesy casserole until 1937, when Kraft introduced their instant version. But we can do better than that. This recipe first appeare...
400
102
71
1 hr 5 min
TOTAL TIME
673
CALORIES
$1.31
PER SERVING
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Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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