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The Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes Ever

On the hunt for the perfect macaroni and cheese recipe? Don’t worry, our search team has uncovered the 10 best macaroni recipes, served every way imaginable.

If you're a mac and cheese connoisseur, you know that the blue-box mac just isn't going to cut it. But there are many ways to make mind-blowing mac and cheese, so we scoured our catalog for the best macaroni and cheese recipes to share with you.

Mac & Cheese with Roasted Chicken

Mac & Cheese with Roasted Chicken

Mac & Cheese with Roasted Chicken by My Baking Addiction
This recipe transforms regular ol’ mac n’ cheese from a side dish into a show-stopping main event. Rotisserie chicken makes the dish hearty and filling, making it perfect for an entree. Meanwhile, the goat cheese and infusion of rosemary makes it the perfect fancy dish for a holiday feast.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese by Leite's Culinaria
If you’re partial to quality soul food, you probably have strong opinions on mac 'n' cheese. Proper mac is baked mac, you insist, loaded into a baking dish with bread crumbs and a variety of cheeses — just like this recipe. After a cook time of 20 minutes it comes bubbling out of the oven, so thick and you’ll have to cut it with a knife before serving.

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Lobster Mac & Cheese by Savour the Senses
Can we all give a round of applause for the mystery hero who decided to combine lobster with mac 'n' cheese? This recipe combines heavy cream, mascarpone cheese, butter, elbow macaroni, and an incredible three pounds of lobster for a drool-worthy mac.

Gruyère and Ham Mac and Cheese Pot Pies

Gruyère and Ham Mac and Cheese Pot Pies

Gruyère and Ham Mac and Cheese Pot Pies by Picky Palate
Pot pie. Ham and cheese. Mac 'n' cheese. Let’s just combine our favorite comfort foods into one dish, why don’t we? In this recipe, delicious Gruyère cheese and pasta are baked inside a puff pastry crust for the ultimate comfort combo.

Butternut Squash Whole-Wheat Mac & Cheese

Butternut Squash Whole-Wheat Mac & Cheese

Butternut Squash Whole-Wheat Mac & Cheese by Simple Bites
If you’re looking for a lightened-up version of the classic mac 'n' cheese, you just have to try this recipe. First, elbow pasta is swapped out for whole wheat egg noodles, then butternut squash puree is combined with grated cheese for the filling. You’ll still get all the flavors you love about mac 'n' cheese, without the food coma or guilt.

Cauliflower Spinach Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Spinach Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Spinach Mac and Cheese by Cooking LSL
Cauliflower may just win the award for most versatile vegetable in existence. It can be molded into pizza crusts, mashed into puree, or, as is the case with this recipe, combined with creamy cheese sauce to create a filling mac and cheese. If you have picky eaters in your family, the havarti cheese does an excellent job of "hiding" two servings of vegetables within this dish.

The Ultimate Mac and Cheese

The Ultimate Mac and Cheese

The Ultimate Mac and Cheese by Jo Cooks
What’s the one thing that goes best with bacon? Cheese! In this dish, mounds of melted mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, Gruyère, and goat cheese are topped with six thick-cut slices of bacon. Yes, you counted correctly — that is four different types of cheese in a single recipe — and no, you can't have too much cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese by The Girl Who Ate Everything
What’s your favorite side dish: Buffalo chicken dip or macaroni and cheese? In this recipe, you don’t have to choose between the two. Your favorite Buffalo sauce is combined with half-and-half, sharp cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, sour cream, and panko breadcrumbs for a dish that will have you begging for seconds. But be warned — this recipe packs a kick!

Garlic Bread Crusted Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

Garlic Bread Crusted Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

Garlic Bread Crusted Gnocchi Mac & Cheese by Cinnamon Girl
If you can’t decide between your favorite Italian main dishes, this recipe is for you. In one single dish, you’ll capture all the flavors of gnocchi, toasted bread topped with melted butter and garlic powder, and (of course) macaroni and cheese. After all, why make decisions when you can just have everything on your foodie wish list?

Gooey Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions & Mushrooms

Gooey Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions & Mushrooms

Gooey Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions & Mushrooms by The Naptime Chef
Sometimes, the absolute best macaroni and cheese recipe doesn’t need any extra stuff. No lobster, no bacon bits, no hidden vegetables; just whole milk, all-purpose flour, macaroni, melted butter, and shredded cheddar cheese. In this recipe, you’ll first prepare the cheese sauce and macaroni in separate pots on the stovetop over medium heat. After you drain the noodles, you assemble the casserole to finish in the oven.

Dig Into The Best Mac And Cheese Recipe

The next time you're craving mac 'n' cheese, try adding one of these new recipes to the menu. No matter if you're partial to Monterey jack, Swiss, or cheddar, you're sure to find a recipe you love.

kosher salt, butter, elbow macaroni, whole milk, sharp cheddar cheese
gruyere cheese, dry mustard, ground black pepper, whole milk and 7 more
grated Parmesan, plain flour, milk, butter, macaroni, grated cheddar
pepper, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, milk, salt, noodles, jalapeno and 2 more
cumin, flour, cilantro, monterey jack cheese, diced onions, chili powder and 10 more
organic vegetable stock, grated Parmesan, macaroni, plain flour and 3 more
salt, macaroni, hoop cheese, water, evaporated milk
salsa, elbow macaroni, taco seasoning, processed cheese
large carrots, elbow macaroni, silken tofu, garlic salt, nutritional yeast