Non-Traditional Mac & Cheese Recipes

As far as comfort foods go, macaroni and cheese ranks pretty high up on the list for most people. It’s one of those dishes that everyone seems to enjoy, even the pickiest eaters, and just the smell of it can instantly transport you back to childhood.

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As much as we love and admire the simplicity of a traditional mac and cheese, we feel it is our duty as cheese-lovers to introduce you to a few more creative ways to enjoy this classic dish.


Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Think Beyond The Stovetop: Mac and Cheese can be so much more than just pasta in a pot on the stovetop. Try using your slow cooker to make even less work on your part Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese

Cabot_Slow_Cooker_Macaroni_and_Cheese

Bake it in the oven with a crunch topping Baked Macaroni & Cabot Cheddar.

Baked Macaroni and Cabot Cheddar

You could also make it into muffins to make it more portable! Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cups

Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cups

Add Extra Veggies: Mac and Cheese is pretty much a blank canvas, making it a great place to add some extra veggies to your day! Plus they’ll be covered in delicious cheese sauce – what better way to eat them?!

Try this kale version Alpine Cheddar and Kale Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese

Alpine Cheddar and Kale Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese

Or one with cauliflower Stovetop Edamame and Cauliflower Mac & Cheese.

Stovetop Edamame and Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Transform Your Leftovers: If you have some leftover meat, adding it to make and cheese can be a great way to transform it into a new dish and turn mac and cheese into a complete meal!

Try this cheeseburger version with leftover ground meat Stovetop Cheeseburger Macaroni & Cheese

Stovetop Cheeseburger Macaroni & Cheese

A version with leftover ham! Stovetop Smoked Ham and Broccoli Macaroni & Cheese

Stovetop Smoked Ham and Broccoli Macaroni & Cheese

Add herbs: Boost the flavor of your mac and cheese by adding herbs!

Try this version with sage Stovetop Cheddar Mac & Cheese with Pancetta Sage Breadcrumbs

Stovetop Cheddar Mac & Cheese with Pancetta Sage Breadcrumbs

A garlic and herb version Stovetop Macaroni & Garlic Herb Cheddar Cheese.

Stovetop Macaroni & Garlic Herb Cheddar Cheese

It’s time to get a little creative in the kitchen and see how many delicious spins you can put on this classic dish! We’d love to hear about your favorites!


Looking for even more mac and cheese ideas? Try these:

Chipotle Chicken Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Chipotle Chicken Macaroni & Cheese

Cuban Mac & Cheese

Cuban Mac & Cheese

10 Minute Mac & Cheese

Ten-Minute Mac & Cheese

Low-Fat Mac & Cheese

Low-Fat Mac & Cheese


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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.

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