Top-Rated Macaroni and Cheese Recipes
Macaroni and cheese can be anything. It is an appetizer, it is a side dish, and, as Southerners know, mac ’n’ cheese is a meal. These recipes highlight the variety of ways these two humble ingredients—simple pasta, and a delicious cheese—can be combined with a number of tasty treats to create out-of-this-world delights. Macaroni and cheese truly are the stars, in a simple Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese, or a delightful Gnocchi Mac and Cheese. In these recipes, the two taste sensations are smoked, baked, or tossed together in a skillet, served creamy, crisp, or cafeteria-style. And the cheeses: you’ll enjoy extra-sharp Cheddar, smoked Gouda, pimiento cheese, and more! So open up to the idea of some warm comfort food, and say macaroni and cheese.
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.
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.
Herbed Breadcrumb-Topped Macaroni and Cheese
This herbed breadcrumb topping will take your classic mac and cheese up a notch.
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.
Chicken-Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon
A little bit of turmeric enhances the color here; it's a bit of a trick that makes you perceive the sauce as cheesier than it actually is.
Southern Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Southern Mac and Cheese
This macaroni and cheese recipe combines 2-year-old aged Cheddar cheese with Gruyere cheese, diced bacon, and leeks. The results are a deliciously baked Southern classic that's finished with a drizzle of heavy cream and toasted breadcrumbs.
Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese
A little bit of heat from poblano peppers gives this classic comfort food its Tex-Mex flair.
Chipotle-Bacon Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Chipotle-Bacon Mac and Cheese
Only 40 minutes of hands-on time and you can spice up your dinner with this delicious take on a classic comfort food.
Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
Turn this kid-friendly side into an entrée by serving with a salad and warm, crusty bread.
Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese
Longing for macaroni and cheese like Mom used to make? Try this version that we were loving in the 80s–and still can’t get enough of today. Cottage cheese and sour cream make for an extra creamy casserole, playing nicely off of the sharp, shredded Cheddar cheese. Cubes of ham stirred into the casserole give this macaroni and cheese heft, truly making it a one-dish dinner. Final touches? Buttered bread crumbs that crisp grow crispy in the oven, forming a golden crust, and sliced cherry tomatoes and flat-leaf parsley for a fresh finish to this luscious dish.
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.
Gussied Up Mac 'n' Cheese
Recipe: Gussied Up Mac 'n' Cheese
Andouille sausage, smoked cheddar, aged gouda and parmigiano-reggiano cheese kick this Southern staple 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.
Dinner Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Dinner Mac and Cheese
Ham and roasted veggies tossed in with corkscrew noodles and cheddar cheeses make this dish a hearty meal for the whole family.
Finished with a delicious trio of toppings - breadcrumbs, bacon, and pecans - this macaroni recipe is worthy of center stage.
Recipe: Four-Cheese Macaroni
Easy Skillet Pimiento Mac 'n' Cheese
Recipe: Easy Skillet Mac 'n' Cheese
You'll love how easy this recipe is to prepare. You can substitute monteray jack for cheddar cheese and chopped green chiles in place of diced pimientos for a more Southwestern spin.
Three Cheese Pasta Bake
Recipe: Three-Cheese Pasta Bake
Skip the marinara sauce and go for a rich Alfredo sauce instead. The creamy sauce, paired with three types of cheese, creates a family-friendly dish that’s ready in a flash. While the original version is meatless, feel free to add cooked chicken, shrimp, or even spicy sausage for a heartier one-dish dinner. Pair with a salad or steamed veggies.
Step-by-Step Video: Over-the-Top Three-Cheese Pasta Bake
Macaroni-and-Pimiento Cheese Bites
Enjoy a twist on the classic comfort food dish with these crispy appetizers full of melted cheese.
Easy Skillet Pimiento Mac 'n' Cheese
Recipe: Spinach-Bacon Mac and Cheese
Rotini with a homemade cheese sauce? Bacon? Your little ones won't notice they're eating spinach when they dig into this delicious side.