17 Macaroni and Cheese Recipes That Taste Even Better Than Mom's
Longing for macaroni and cheese like Mom used to make? When your childhood comes calling, answer with a batch of from-scratch macaroni and cheese. This oh-so-Southern delicacy has a place on every dinner table, whether you're preparing sides for your big Thanksgiving dinner or looking for a perfect pairing to fried chicken for the church potluck. These rich, creamy recipes may be the best macaroni and cheese recipes you've ever tried. From our Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese that brings back nostalgic memories from Grandmama's table to our Cajun Mac and Cheese which will transport you straight to the French Quarter, we promise that each and every one of these homemade macaronis are much more satisfying than the boxed stuff. As you're preparing, feel free to get flexible with your noodles. Pick a pasta–like cavatappi or elbow macaroni–that has plenty of nooks for capturing pockets of cheese sauce. You can thank us later.
Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
When your childhood comes calling, answer with a batch of from-scratch macaroni and cheese. This oh-so-Southern delicacy has a place on every dinner table, whether you're preparing sides for your big Thanksgiving dinner or looking for a perfect pairing to fried chicken for the church potluck. This rich, creamy recipe may just be the best macaroni and cheese recipe you've ever eaten. It brings back nostalgic memories around Grandmama's table and we promise that it's much more satisfying than the boxed, powdery stuff. As you're preparing, pick a noodle – like cavatappi or elbow macaroni – that has plenty of nooks for capturing pockets of cheese sauce. We used extra-sharp Cheddar cheese to bring out the rich, creamy taste of this macaroni and cheese, and a pinch of salt, red pepper, and black pepper rounds out the dish. If you're making macaroni and cheese from scratch, you'll definitely want to bookmark this recipe.
Mac and Cheese with Ham
Recipe: Mac and Cheese with Ham
This delicious mac and cheese is light on butter and cheese yet still melts in your mouth. Change the flavor profile of the recipe with combinations such as sweet peas and proscuitto or ham and broccoli.
Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe: Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese
How do you get gooey cheese in ever bite? You pack it with cubes of Cheddar cheese.
Cajun Macaroni and Cheese
Skillet Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Although we wouldn't dare to completely replace our pasta with cauliflower, we're all for a delicious addition that adds a touch of vegetables and flavor.
Herbed Breadcrumb-Topped Macaroni and Cheese
This herbed breadcrumb topping will take your classic mac and cheese up a notch.
King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
All the flavors of a favorite casserole come together in the comfort of mac and cheese. Serve this dish to your family, and it will become a quick favorite.
Macaroni Au Gratin
Recipe: Macaroni Au Gratin
With just four ingredients (plus salt and pepper), you can have a cheesy, bubbly casserole on the table for lunch or dinner.
Roasted Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
The broccoli florets in this recipe are roasted before they get baked in the mac and cheese. This adds extra flavor.
Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
Recipe: Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
Classic cafeteria-style goodness, this recipe yields enough to serve as a side for a crowd, or it could be dinner for a family of four. Recipe by Pam Rawlinson, North Augusta, South Carolina.
Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Recipe: Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon
This creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon is an excellent, extra-indulgent dish to add to your pasta night rotation.
Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
Finished tomatoes and extra cheese, this macaroni recipe is worthy of center stage.
Lobster Mac and Cheese
Sheet Pan Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Macaroni Pie
Sliceable, but still creamy, this Macaroni Pie uses a trifecta of cheeses (Gruyere, extra-sharp white Cheddar, and fontina) and fresh thyme to create a savory depth of flavor that sets this dish apart.
Navi Kitchen Tikka Masala Macaroni and Cheese
Cali-cool mashed up with traditional Indian flavors, this macaroni is a restaurant-quality recipe.
Recipe: Macaroni Pudding
Looking for a creamier, richer version of your everyday mac and cheese? Give our Macaroni Pudding a try.