25 Best Mac 'n' Cheese Recipes

Cheesy and oh so satisfying, mac 'n' cheese can do no wrong. Transport yourself back to childhood with one of these classic or kicked-up options.

Part of: Comfort Food: Family Favorites

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Turkey Macaroni & Cheese Alfredo

"I really don't think a five-star rating and a 'thank you' is payment enough for this delicious recipe! I used frozen zucchini and it worked out perfectly — it was creamy, crunchy and tasty."

-*Asha*

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Margarita Mac 'n' Cheese

"What a great twist on mac and cheese. I used fresh chopped tomatoes and added some chili powder and a dash of rosemary."

-SouthernCACook

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Upgraded Kraft Mac 'n' Cheese

"This was awesome and so easy! The sour cream really helps the dish stay moist in the oven. I'll definitely be making this again."

-veggiechild

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Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni

"This does have the flavor of a bacon cheeseburger. The ketchup and mustard add tanginess, and bonus points for being a very kid-friendly meal."

-*Parsley*

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Fried Mac 'n' Cheese

"I used a box of Kraft Deluxe sharp mac 'n' cheese and seasoned the panko with even more cayenne and let the bites chill in the fridge until I was ready to deep-fry them."

-KPD

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Mac 'n' Cheese with Stewed Tomatoes

"Pure comfort food. I halved the recipe and it still could have fed six people! I love how creamy this came out, and I'm really looking forward to the leftovers."

-Lucky in Bayview

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Lobster Mac 'n' Cheese

"I doubled this for dinner guests and it was gone fast! I boiled the noodles and made the sauce the night before, and combined them before baking — was super creamy and satisfying."

-under12parsecs

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Chipotle, Sausage & Cheddar Mac

"This was a huge hit. I used curly pasta, which kept everything mixed well. I also had a friend make this, and she emailed me saying it was the best thing she ever ate!"

-yogiclarebear

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Slow-Cooker Mac 'n' Cheese

"This recipe has a great creamy, cheesy consistency with a lovely crunch on the top. Some garlic powder would also be great in this."

-Lalaloula

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Southern Macaroni & Cheese

"This was very good! We loved the crunchy topping, and it made a great side with our meatloaf."

-Derf

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Baked Mac 'n' Cheese with Kale & Beans

This sophisticated (yet easy!) mac and cheese is a fantastic way to eat your greens. And it's perfect for leftover kale — just be sure the leaves are totally dry before adding them to the mix.

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Macaroni Vegetable Cheese Pie

"Cinnamon was a nice addition to this recipe. I used about three cups of penne and a bit more mustard powder, as well as low-fat milk. I also added tomato and some fresh spinach. It was a hit!"

-Redsie

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Greek Macaroni & Cheese

"I made this fabulous dish for the first time tonight — it goes a very long way and could feed a crowd. So amazing! I'll make it again and again."

-Chef #1476256

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Healthy Macaroni & Cheese

"Mmmm! While this is simple and easy to prepare, it certainly doesn't taste plain! I used whole spelt spaetzle pasta and decided to leave my broccoli in bigger chunks."

-Lalaloula

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Smoky Mac 'n' Cheese with Tomatoes

"My family and I loved this. You should definitely try some smoked cheddar, although this recipe is very adaptable to whatever cheese you have on hand."

-ellie_

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Alton Brown's Stovetop Mac 'n' Cheese

"This is perfect! There's just enough bite from the cheddar and creaminess from the American cheese. I'm done searching for the perfect mac and cheese recipe."

-Casey in DC

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Low-Fat Mexican Mac 'n' Cheese

"Awesome mac 'n' cheese! I used corkscrew pasta for this dish and it turned out very nice. It has lots of flavor from the taco seasoning and salsa, and it's very easy and fast to make."

-Calee

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Creamy Baked Mac 'n' Cheese

"I combined a few recipes together and this is the BEST! It's easy to reheat, too — just add a little milk on top of the leftovers, cover with foil and put it back in the oven for a half hour."

-Cathy Pete

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Super Easy Broccoli Mac 'n' Cheese

"This is a colorful, low-fat, high-protein meal that will fill you up. My husband — who claims to dislike anything healthy, especially wheat pasta — says this is great!"

-FLKeysJen

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Hawaiian Macaroni & Cheese

"Very good! I'd recommend using pineapple bits instead of crushed pineapple, otherwise it disappears in the cheese sauce!"

-tanamarn

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Best Ever Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese

"With this dish, I was able to get my 2-year-old son to eat cauliflower! The crumb topping was a great addition with the Parmesan cheese."

-AZPARZYCH

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Beefy Shells & Cheese

"We loved this. My husband said it reminded him of the Sonora Chicken Pasta from Ruby Tuesday (without the beef, of course). YUM!"

-BamaBelle30

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Herbed Mac 'n' Cheese

"This is the ultimate comfort food. I used nonfat milk with a little fat-free cream and Havarti cheese — so delicious and a little bit more grown-up than usual."

-CaliforniaJan

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Butternut Mac 'n' Cheese

Sharp cheddar cheese alongside sweet butternut squash is the perfect pairing for this decadent casserole.

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Special Mac 'n' Cheese for a Crowd

"This is a great macaroni and cheese! The cream cheese adds just the right touch of creaminess, and the extra cheese and crunchiness on top are great additions. I used crushed Ritz crackers on top and they were good."

-pattikay in L.A.

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