12 Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Creamy, Easy Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Macaroni and cheese is possibly the quintessential comfort food. Toddlers love it, kids love it, and adults of all ages love it, even if they consider it somewhat of a guilty pleasure. Like all comfort food, mac and cheese is made in a variety of ways that are often passed down in families. Plus it lends itself to doctoring up. Check out these recipes for good eating.

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    Creamy Cheese and Dijon Mustard

    Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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    Creamy cheese and dijon mustard makes this the perfect macaroni and cheese. Cheddar and half-and-half make this macaroni and cheese creamy, and Dijon mustard gives it some flavorful bite. The breadcrumb topping gives it tasty crunch texture. Serve this macaroni and cheese as a main dish with a salad or serve it as a side dish.

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    Easy Mac and Cheese in the Crockpot

    Crockpot baked mac and cheese

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    This is a basic recipe for easy mac and cheese in the crockpot. You can start it up, go to work or on errands and come home to a welcoming dinner. 

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    Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

    Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This incredibly creamy Instant Pot macaroni and cheese recipe is surprisingly fast and easy to prepare. Aside from needing very little attention, there are no boil-over messes to worry about, no separate sauce to make, and no baking required.

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    Easy and Quick Mac and Cheese

    Simple Macaroni and Cheese

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This super easy and quick mac and cheese recipe is great for a weeknight. You don't make a sauce, and the entire thing will be ready in about a half an hour -- just long enough to steam some broccoli or green beans, set the table and crack open some wine. 

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    Easy Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

    Serving of gnocchi mac and cheese

    The Spruce / Pete Scherer

    Convenience is coupled with homemade flavor in this easy gnocchi mac and cheese recipe. The from-scratch potato dumplings (gnocchi) take the place of macaroni but the cheese sauce comes from a package of store-bought mac and cheese.

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    Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

    Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Cottage cheese and sour cream really shows its stuff in this recipe where it teams with cheddar for this creamy macaroni and cheese.

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    Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

    buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese in a baking dish

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Buffalo chicken wings meet mac and cheese in this spicy recipe. The chicken is cooked a spicy sauce, and the cheese sauce includes hot sauce and pepper jack. Both are combined with macaroni, then it's all baked to perfection.

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    Jalapeño Macaroni and Cheese

    Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese
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    Boursin cheese with garlic and herbs or roasted red peppers plus jalapeños really turn up the heat in this Jalapeño macaroni and cheeses recipe. Adjust the amount of jalapeños you use according to your taste or used mild green chilies instead. With mac and cheese on the hot side, choose a cool side like a green salad or cold sliced tomatoes if they're in season.

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    Uncomplicated Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

    Baked macaroni and cheese casserole

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    This uncomplicated macaroni and cheese casserole is held together with a mixture of eggs, milk, and cheese -- there's no sauce to make. It takes only about a half an hour to bake, and it all adds up to a quick mac and cheese fix. ​

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    Macaroni and Cheese With Bacon

    Bacon mac and cheese
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    Cooked crumbled bacon and green onions take this macaroni and cheese with bacon recipe to a new level. The green onions go into the cheese sauce, and the bacon is sprinkled over the casserole before the buttered breadcrumb topping is added. If you prefer the bacon throughout, mix the bacon into the cheese sauce and macaroni before you put the mix into the casserole dish. 

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    Macaroni and Cheese With Paprika

    Baked Macaroni and Cheese

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This easy and basic macaroni and cheese with paprika recipe ​is jazzed up with the addition of paprika and an abundance of cheddar cheese, including for the topping instead of breadcrumbs. 

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    Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni

    Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This super quick bacon cheeseburger macaroni skillet dish is a made-from-scratch version of boxed mixes -- and so much better. Ground beef and crispy bacon make this mac and cheese a hearty meal. The recipe calls for cheese soup, but you can substitute shredded cheddar or American cheese and a little milk if you prefer to avoid canned ingredients.