46 of the Best Mac & Cheese Recipes on the Internet

The Cabot Cheese Board presents their favorite variations on an American culinary classic.

You would be hard pressed to find a more popular, family friendly, crowd-pleasing dish than classic Macaroni and Cheese. Its provenance goes back centuries, to the court of French kings, then on to the British Empire.

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The first written recipe for this dish seems to be from a cookbook called The Experienced English Housekeeper, published in 1769. It’s a recipe not too far removed from modern day mac and cheese, consisting of a bechamel sauce with Cheddar, mixed with macaroni, sprinkled with Parmesan, then baked until bubbly and golden. Sounds familiar, right?

Fast forward 250 years, and you can see that this dish truly has staying power. And while people all over the world love this tried and true comfort food, it’s also true that famous chefs and home cooks alike are eager to experiment with the basic preparation.

The wonderful thing about macaroni and cheese is that it starts as a blank canvas and lends itself to flights of foodie fantasy. Feeling elegant? Add lobster or shrimp. Maybe you want a little healthier version. Nothing perks up the cheesy goodness more than your favorite veggies. Maybe meat’s more to your liking. Adding steak, ground beef, chicken or turkey can make a one-pot meal in minutes.

With a little culinary experimentation, you can even make exciting internationally themed versions of mac and cheese with choice ingredients. Add chorizo and salsa for a Mexican flair. In the mood for Italian? Toss your cheese covered macaroni with chopped basil and tomatoes. Adding bratwurst brings a German flair to the proceedings.

The variations on this delicious theme are almost endless. And you can see by this list of favorites from the Cabot Cheese Board, each one looks better and tastier than the next.

Click through to each of these inventive and exciting recipes to find a mac and cheese dish that’s just right for you.

We’ll start by giving props to Cheese Board member Molly Yeh, who shows us how to throw the perfect Mac & Cheese party. What a great idea, don’t you agree? I can’t think of a better way to entertain and satisfy hungry friends.

Molly Yeh - Mac & Cheese Party

Whether you decide to throw a party for a crowd or just make it the tastiest stay-at-home night ever, here are some of the best Macaroni & Cheese recipes you’ll ever come across, gathered together in one amazing list. You can thank us later.

Here’s an easy, basic recipe from Bless This Mess:

Creamy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

And then, it’s off to the races, with more than forty fantastic ideas for your next mac and cheese meal.

From Nutmeg Nanny:

Gorgonzola Bacon Mac & CheeseFive Cheese Mac and CheesePoblano Macaroni and Cheese
Beer Bratwurst Macaroni and CheesePulled Pork Mac and Cheese

Gorgonzola Bacon Mac & Cheese

Five Cheese Mac and Cheese

Poblano Macaroni and Cheese

Beer Bratwurst Macaroni and Cheese

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

From The Lean Green Bean:

Lentil Macaroni and CheeseMacaroni and Cheese with Sausage and Peas

Lentil Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage and Peas

From the Slow Roasted Italian:

Jack Daniels Bacon Mac and CheeseSuper Simple Mac and Cheese Italian Style

Jack Daniels Bacon Mac and Cheese

Super Simple Mac and Cheese Italian Style

From Back to Her Roots:

Bacon Sriracha Macaroni and Cheese

Bacon and Brie Macaroni and Cheese

Bacon Sriracha Macaroni and Cheese

Bacon and Brie Macaroni and Cheese

From The Brown Eyed Baker:

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Hatch Chile Mac and Cheese

Cajun Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese

Butternut Squash & Bacon Mac n’ Cheese

From Good Life Eats:

Asparagus and Bacon Macaroni and CheeseBaked White Cheddar Mac n Cheese with Kale and Bacon

Asparagus and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Baked White Cheddar Mac n Cheese with Kale and Bacon

From Running to the Kitchen:

Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac ‘n Cheese with Peas and BaconSweet Potato Spinach Mac and Cheese

Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac ‘n Cheese with Peas and Bacon

Sweet Potato Spinach Mac and Cheese

From Eats Well with Others:

Buffalo Cheddar Mac and CheeseSpicy Harissa Macaroni and Cheese

Buffalo Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Spicy Harissa Macaroni and Cheese

From Healthy Seasonal Recipes:

Cauliflower, Pea and Edamame Macaroni and Cheese

Cauliflower, Pea and Edamame Macaroni and Cheese

From Shugary Sweets:

Copycat Panera Macaroni and Cheese

Copycat Panera Macaroni and Cheese

From Bake Your Day:

Spinach Queso Macaroni and Cheese

Spinach Queso Macaroni and Cheese

From A Dash of Soul:

Greek Yogurt Macaroni and Cheese

Greek Yogurt Macaroni and Cheese

From The Little Kitchen:

Fried Mac and Cheese Bites

Fried Mac and Cheese Bites

From Rachel Cooks:

Macaroni and Cheese Pizza

Macaroni and Cheese Pizza

From Well Plated:

Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese

Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese

From Peas and Crayons:

Confetti Mac and Cheese

Confetti Mac and Cheese

From Foodness Gracious:

Jalapeno Poppers with Mac and Cheese Cheetos

Jalapeno Poppers with Mac and Cheese Cheetos

From Dine and Dish:

Crab Macaroni and Cheese

Crab Macaroni and Cheese

From Mel’s Kitchen Café:

Fire Roasted Mac and Cheese with Feta

Fire Roasted Mac and Cheese with Feta

From Seasonally Jane:

Truffled Mac and Cheese with Kale

Truffled Mac and Cheese with Kale

From Healthy Nibbles and Bits:

Macaroni and Cheese Prosciutto Bites

Macaroni and Cheese Prosciutto Bites

From Inspiralized:

Spiralized Mac and Cheese Two Ways: Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato

Spiralized Mac and Cheese Two Ways: Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato

From Cooking with Cakes:

Bourbon Bacon White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Bourbon Bacon White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

From Buns in My Oven:

Barbecue Mac Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Barbecue Mac Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

From The Comfort of Cooking:

Creamy Stovetop Jalapeno Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Stovetop Jalapeno Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

From Dixie Chik Cooks:

French Dip Mac n Cheese Smothered French Fries

French Dip Mac n Cheese Smothered French Fries

From Julie’s Eats and Treats:

Skinny Pizza Mac N’ Cheese

Skinny Pizza Mac N’ Cheese

From Pass the Sushi:

Mac and Cheese Soup

Mac and Cheese Soup

From Savory Simple:

French Onion Soup Macaroni and Cheese

French Onion Soup Macaroni and Cheese

From Cooking with Books:

Korean Macaroni and Cheese

Korean Macaroni and Cheese

From Meal Makeover Moms:

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

In addition to all these yummy dishes, be sure to visit the Cabot website where you’ll find lots more great ways to make Macaroni and Cheese.

46 of the Best Mac and Cheese Recipes


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Candace Karu reports on all there is to discover and love about food and farming as well as communicating Cabot’s mission to support community, volunteerism, and sustainability. Whether online, on air, or in person, her job is to amplify the passion and commitment of the 1200 farm families who own Cabot. When Candace is not representing Cabot, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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Rose Martine | February 03, 2020 | 12:06am

You are AMAZING! Thank you thank you thank you so much for this. I was considering doing the same thing and you’ve just made the task a lot less daunting.

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