Top 11 Main Dish Macaroni and Cheese Combinations

  • 01 of 11

    Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese

    Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    This genius combination is sure to please the kids. The sloppy Joe filling in this baked macaroni and cheese is incredibly delicious. 

    This dish can also be made with ground turkey. It is the best of both worlds!

  • 02 of 11

    Macaroni and Cheese With Andouille Sausage

    Andouille Macaroni and Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    Spicy Cajun-style andouille sausage and Cajun seasonings give this scrumptious macaroni and cheese its incredible smoky flavor and a bit of heat. Make the recipe with macaroni or other pasta shapes. 

    If you don't have access to good smoked andouille sausage, try this recipe with another variety of smoked sausage. Chorizo or a tasty turkey or chicken sausage would be excellent as well. Add a little cayenne pepper to the dish for more heat.

  • 03 of 11

    Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork

    Macaroni and Cheese With Pulled Pork
    Diana Rattray

    This macaroni and cheese with pulled pork is two comfort foods in one dish.

    You can use homemade leftover pulled pork or a purchased tub of pulled pork. Add a little extra barbecue sauce to the pulled pork before baking.

    Serve this dish with slaw and biscuits or dinner rolls and save the recipe because you'll be asked to make it again.

  • 04 of 11

    Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

    Macaroni and Cheese With Bacon
    Diana Rattray

    Cooked smoky bacon jazzes up this mac and cheese. The bacon crumbles are sprinkled over the top of the macaroni and cheese along with the buttery breadcrumbs. This casserole can be served as a main dish or side dish. Add a salad or fresh sliced tomatoes for a memorable meal.

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  • 05 of 11

    Chicken Pasta Casserole With Cheddar Cheese and Bacon

    Chicken Pasta Casserole With Cheddar and Bacon
    Diana Rattray

    This savory dish offers a fabulous combination of flavors, from the cheddar and American cheeses to the smoky bacon, chicken, and peas. Use elbow macaroni or a mini penne pasta in this dish.

  • 06 of 11

    Taco Cheeseburger Macaroni

    Taco Macaroni and Cheese with Ground Beef
    Diana Rattray

    This main dish mac and cheese combines taco seasonings with cheeseburger flavors.  It's easy and delicious, and your family will ask for it again and again.

    The cheddar cheese soup mixed with shredded cheddar make it especially creamy, and the preparation is quick and easy.

  • 07 of 11

    Macaroni and Cheese With Chicken Sausage

    Macaroni and Cheese With Chicken Sausage
    Diana Rattray

    There is spinach, fontina cheese, and roasted garlic chicken sausage (Trader Joe's) in this dish, but feel free to use your favorite flavored chicken sausage in the dish. Aidells makes several varieties of chicken sausage, including roasted garlic and gruyere and artichoke and garlic. The macaroni and cheese is super creamy and gets a lot of flavor from the sausage you choose.

  • 08 of 11

    Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Ham

    Macaroni and Cheese With Ham
    Diana Rattray

    This dish is a hearty macaroni and cheese with chopped ham and green onions. The casserole is made with plenty of cheese in the sauce, and cheese is sprinkled over the top. It's finished with a delicious buttered bread crumb topping.

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  • 09 of 11

    Chicken and Cheddar Casserole With Macaroni

    Chicken and Cheddar Casserole With Macaroni
    Diana Rattray

    This hearty macaroni and cheese casserole is baked with an unexpected topping of French fried onion rings. It's an all-in-one meal your family will love. Use frozen peas, peas, and carrots, or mixed vegetables in this dish.

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    Macaroni and Cheese With Italian Sausage

    Macaroni and Cheese With Sausage
    Diana Rattray

    This macaroni and cheese is made hearty and delicious with browned spicy or Italian sausage, bell peppers, and sliced grape tomatoes. The dish is prepared with a mixture of cheddar and American cheese, but all cheddar or a good mixture of melting cheese can be substituted.

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    Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese

    Tex-Mex Style Macaroni and Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    The Tex-Mex flavors of ground beef, bell pepper, tomatoes, and corn come together in this delicious dish. The skillet dish is made with a prepared macaroni and cheese dinner, making it super easy and convenient for a busy family.