Our Best Mac and Cheese Recipes

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Playing Can’t Get Enough Mac ‘n Cheese? Neither Can We!
Can’t Get Enough Mac ‘n Cheese? Neither Can We!

Cheesy. Gooey. Crunchy. Golden goodness! If anyone ever tries to tell you cheese doesn't make everything all better, they're wrong! Take that creamy cheese sauce and dump it over pasta, and you can pretty much solve all of your problems.

It can take a cranky child and make them a happy one. It can turn a cold, chilly night into the coziest memory. Heck, it could probably even cure a broken heart. (See? It's actually good for you!)

So, let that liquid gold warm your soul and make one of these drool-worthy recipes tonight.

1. Basic Mac 'n' Cheese (with 5-ingredient sauce!)

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Let's start with the basics, shall we? Perfect for picky eaters, or for those days when you want a no-fuss, classic mac 'n' cheese. It's easy to make and can be whipped up quickly even on the busiest of nights.

GET THE RECIPE: Basic Mac 'n' Cheese (with 5-ingredient sauce!)

In the video above, Rach shows you how to make this basic version.

2. Garlic Bread Mac and Cheese

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Rach's fool-proof mac and cheese base gets a tasty dose of garlic breadcrumbs in this yummy comfort food mash-up. 

GET THE RECIPE: Garlic Bread Mac and Cheese

3. Green Chile and Bacon Mac and Cheese

Green Chile Bacon Mac & Cheese
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Rach's fool-proof mac & cheese base gets the Tex-Mex treatment with green chiles + crispy bacon. 

GET THE RECIPE: Green Chile and Bacon Mac and Cheese

4. Pimiento Cheese Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

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Jarred pimientos and some spice give Rach's foolproof mac & cheese base a Southern spin.

GET THE RECIPE: Pimiento Cheese Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

5. Mac 'n' Cheese with Crab and Old Bay Oyster Cracker Topping

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If you're having a dinner party, or maybe you just really enjoy seafood, this amped up mac 'n' cheese dinner is perfect for you! Rach cleverly uses crushed-up oyster crackers tossed with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and chives as the crunchy topper.

GET THE RECIPE: Mac 'n' Cheese with Crab and Old Bay Oyster Cracker Topping

6. Mac, Cheese, Bacon, Onions and Beer with Buffalo-Mustard Pretzel Topping

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OHHHH RACH. She's really outdone herself here (because the staff practically dove after this once it was made. No shame.) It's topped with crushed up mustard pretzels, hot sauce and salty bacon for goodness sake, how could we resist?!

GET THE RECIPE: Mac, Cheese, Bacon, Onions and Beer with Buffalo-Mustard Pretzel Topping

7. Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese with Garlic Bread Breadcrumbs

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Spinach and artichoke dip, meet garlic bread and mac 'n' cheese. We think you'll be good friends.

GET THE RECIPE: Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese with Garlic Bread Breadcrumbs

8. Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese

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This is one of our most popular mac 'n' cheese recipes on the site. Sometimes you just want buffalo wings and mac and cheese, but it's so messy to eat! Now, you don't have to choose. Make this casserole, grab your fork, and be happy.

GET THE RECIPE: Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese

9. Queso Dip Mac 'n' Cheese

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This tex-mex style mac 'n' cheese might just be too pretty to eat. (We said MIGHT.) As you could probably guess, the base of this cheese sauce is a creamy, spicy queso, and the mac is topped with fresh pico de gallo and lots of crunchy tortilla chips.

GET THE RECIPE: Queso Dip Mac 'n' Cheese

10. Mac and Blue

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This classic mac 'n' cheese gets a grown-up twist. Rach uses Gruyère and blue cheeses to give this dish extra flavor.

GET THE RECIPE: Mac and Blue

11. Honey-Mustard Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese with Caramelized Red Onions and Potato Bun Crumb Topping

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Got leftover chicken fingers? Toss 'em in honey mustard and make mac 'n' cheese! Between the bites of juicy meat, the cheesy sauce and crunchy topping, this will be your new go-to recipe.

GET THE RECIPE: Honey-Mustard Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese with Caramelized Red Onions and Potato Bun Crumb Topping

12. Carbonara Mac 'n' Cheese Soufflé and Spring Salad

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Just look at that picture. Look at it! Don’t you just want to go rogue and dive straight in and eat it with your hands? It's filled with white cheddar, Gruyère, meaty pancetta, and eggs — we give you full permission to eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

GET THE RECIPE: Carbonara Mac 'n' Cheese Soufflé and Spring Salad

13. Jeanette's Turkey Chili Verde Mac 'n' Cheese

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Mmm! Curl up on the couch with this cheesy, chili pasta for a great night!

GET THE RECIPE: Jeanette's Turkey Chili Verde Mac 'n' Cheese

14. Grant's Healthy Pimento Mac

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Mac 'n' cheese gets a healthier spin by using whole wheat pasta and a crunchy topping made with whole wheat pita chips!

GET THE RECIPE: Grant's Healthy Pimento Mac

15. Sweetie Pie's Mac 'n' Cheese

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If you're craving Southern comfort, look no further than this straight-outta-the-South version of mac 'n' cheese. Indulge, and enjoy!

GET THE RECIPE: Sweetie Pie's Mac 'n' Cheese

16. New Mexican Green Chile Mac & Cheese

Green Chile Mac and Cheese
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Mac & cheese goes southwestern in Rach's latest crowd-pleaser made with roasted green chilies.

GET THE RECIPE: New Mexican Green Chile Mac & Cheese

17. Instant Pot Taco Mac and Cheese

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Taco-flavored mac and cheese gets the Instant Pot treatment for a dinner recipe that's faster, easier and healthier than it sounds.

GET THE RECIPE: Instant Pot Taco Mac and Cheese

18. Quick Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with Spiced Pepitas

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Fiber-rich canned pumpkin gets stirred into the cheese sauce—and the whole thing is topped with crunchy spiced pumpkin seeds.

GET THE RECIPE: Quick Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with Spiced Pepitas

19. Bacon and Truffle Mac and Cheese

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Gruyere, bacon, and truffles take comfort food to another level.

GET THE RECIPE: Bacon and Truffle Mac and Cheese

20. One-Pot Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

YouTube star Donal Skehan shows you how to save time by cooking the pasta in milk so you can make your sauce in the same pan!

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GET THE RECIPE: One-Pot Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

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