Can’t Get Enough Mac ‘n Cheese? Neither Can We! Check Out These 12 Irresistible Recipes

by Jeanine Asencio 1:58 PM, February 15, 2017

Aired September 5, 2017

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.

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

In the video above, Rach shows you how to make this basic version and how you can turn it into the next three variations below.

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

Mac, Cheese, Bacon, Onions and Beer with Buffalo-Mustard Pretzel Topping
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?!

Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese with Garlic Bread Breadcrumbs
Spinach and artichoke dip, meet garlic bread and mac ‘n cheese. We think you’ll be good friends.

Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese
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.

Queso Dip Mac 'n Cheese
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.

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

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

Carbonara Mac ‘n Cheese Soufflé and Spring Salad
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!

Jeanette’s Turkey Chili Verde Mac n’ Cheese
Mmm! Curl up on the couch with this cheesy, chili pasta for a great night!

Grant’s Healthy Pimento Mac
Mac ‘n cheese gets a healthier spin by using whole wheat pasta and a crunchy topping made with whole wheat pita chips!

Sweetie Pie’s Mac ‘n Cheese
If you’re craving Southern comfort, look no further than this straight-outta-the-South version of mac ‘n cheese. Indulge, and enjoy!