Mac and Cheese Recipes To Try This Thanksgiving
This year, we decided to bring out the mac and cheese with longstanding classics and deliciously different recipes that will have your Thanksgiving table buzzing. We’re strong believers that macaroni and cheese deserves a spot on the holiday table no matter what; but if you’re looking to take the old-fashioned comfort food to new heights, these recipes are going to get it done. Give a Southern-style twist with Andouille sausage, pimiento cheese, or pecans. Or take an unexpected approach with smoked Gouda cheese, potato gnocchi, or roasted vegetables. Mac and cheese is an easy holiday family favorite that can still have that old-fashioned creaminess like your mama’s with a special flavorful touch that’s all yours. Here are our favorite macaroni and cheese recipes to liven up your Thanksgiving.
Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
This creamy dish is loved and requested by both kids and adults alike, and it can come together in under one hour and in three easy-to-follow steps. With that much ease, flavor, and cheesy goodness, could we offer a better Thanksgiving side?
Herbed Breadcrumb-Topped Macaroni and Cheese
Buttery panko breadcrumbs seasoned with sage, thyme, and rosemary are definitely the trick to this elevated mac and cheese. The crispy topping and creamy inner pockets make for a Thanksgiving side that will pair incredibly with your turkey and dressing.
Hugh’s Southern Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Hugh’s Southern Mac and Cheese
Thick-cut bacon, Gruyere and aged Cheddar cheeses, leeks, and dry mustard give a flavor-packed Southern twist to simple creamy mac and cheese recipe.
Baked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
Smoked Gouda cheese and smoked ham make sure you aren’t just sticking to the basics this year with your macaroni and cheese. This smoky dish will give a level of extra flavor to your Thanksgiving sideboard.
Gussied Up Mac 'n' Cheese
Recipe: Gussied Up Mac 'n' Cheese
We aren’t opposed to livening up a classic recipe for a special holiday meal, and this mac and cheese recipe gets it done. Andouille sausage, four different cheeses, and a hearty dose of heavy cream make this side dish a perfect new addition for Thanksgiving. Prepare in a baking dish or individual ramekins depending on your head count!
Recipe: Four-Cheese Macaroni Recipe
Pecans, ground red pepper, and Asiago cheese are a few standout ingredients in this elevated mac and cheese. A delicious mixture of chopped pecans, breadcrumbs, butter, and bacon top the dish before popping in the oven for that crispy finish.
Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe: Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese
The Test Kitchen concluded that this recipe is your fail-safe guarantee at mac-and-cheese success any day, making it an easy make-ahead choice for Thanksgiving. You get pockets of gooey goodness in every bite, thanks to the addition of cubes of Cheddar cheese that melt as the pasta bakes.
Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
You get the best of both worlds with this mac and cheese dish with potato gnocchi. The richness of the potato gnocchi melds well with the cheeses to create a creamy, decadent dish perfect for a Thanksgiving feast.
Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese
There’s no skimping on ingredients that ensure the creamiest mac ever in this recipe. Sour cream, cottage cheese, and plenty of sharp Cheddar cheese make this dish an easy family favorite. Speckled with smoky bits of diced ham and topped with buttered breadcrumbs, this recipe made our collection of five-star recipes.
Roasted Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
Tender spears of roasted broccoli take this best-ever mac and cheese recipe to the next level. The crisped, savory taste of well-roasted broccoli adds a holiday-worthy spin to your hearty Thanksgiving feast.
Three-Cheese Pasta Bake
The City and The Country Mac and Cheese
This recipe is perfect for the home-style Southern family that isn’t afraid of going all in this Thanksgiving. It is certainly indulgent, but well worth the extra full belly at the end of the day. This dish features two different types of ham—smoky brined city ham and salty country ham—with a hearty helping of cheese and heavy cream to end up with a crowd-pleasing Southern side dish.
Uncle Jack’s Mac-and-Cheese
Recipe: Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
There isn’t a more foolproof way to get your family full and happy on Thanksgiving than this dish paired with all of your turkey, dressing, and casseroles. This slow-cooker recipe is one of our ultimate favorites, thanks to a hearty use of cheese and minimal prep time.
Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese
Stand out at the Thanksgiving meal by bringing this insanely good mac and cheese dish. Bacon, chives, pimiento cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and a splash of hot sauce are going to blow the lid off any other mac and cheese dishes on the Thanksgiving table.
Skillet Mac and Cheese with Crispy Breadcrumbs
A hearty helping of mayonnaise gives a slight tanginess and so much creaminess when paired with mild ricotta cheese, along with Cheddar and Velveeta, and topped with buttery breadcrumbs. Cooking it in a skillet makes sure you’ll get plenty of the gooey cheese you’re looking for with a slightly crispy edge. You can double the recipe for a larger Thanksgiving crowd.
Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
Sliced plum tomatoes, oregano, and Parmesan cheese give the slightest Italian twist to a classic mac and cheese recipe. It’s worth stepping outside the Thanksgiving box to introduce some new flavors!
Golden Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe: Golden Macaroni and Cheese
This recipe gets its name from the two whole blocks of sharp Cheddar cheese exclusively used in the pasta and topping. It’s a simple dish that can be customized for your holiday meal easily with the addition of chopped bacon, smoked ham, or some chives. Each will work well with the hint of onion salt in the recipe.