50 Mac and Cheese Recipes

Find dozens of new ways to make a weeknight favorite from Food Network Magazine.

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11. Bacon-Chipotle: Make Classic Baked Mac and Cheese, reducing the cheddar in the sauce to 1 cup and replacing the gruyere with 2 cups chipotle cheddar; add 2 tablespoons chopped chipotles in adobo sauce and 8 slices crumbled cooked bacon. Top with the cheese and a mix of 1/2 cup panko and 1 teaspoon smoked paprika before baking.

12. Classic Stovetop: Make Classic Baked Mac and Cheese, adding just enough of the reserved cooking water to make a thick sauce. Skip step 3.

13. French-Style Stovetop: Make Classic Baked Mac and Cheese, cooking 2 chopped garlic cloves in the butter, replacing the cheddar in the sauce with 8 ounces brie (rind removed) and adding just enough of the reserved cooking water to make a thick sauce; stir 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard into the sauce. Skip step 3.

14. American Mac and Cheese:

  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni or other small pasta
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mild yellow cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced processed cheese, such as Velveeta
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; whisk in the flour, mustard powder and cayenne and cook, whisking, 1 minute. Whisk in the evaporated milk and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thick, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cheeses, then the pasta and just enough of the reserved cooking water to make a thick sauce. Season with salt and black pepper.

15. Barbecue-Style: Make American Mac and Cheese; stir in 1 cup warm prepared pulled pork. Sprinkle with crushed barbecue potato chips.

16. Hot Dog: Make American Mac and Cheese, adding all of the reserved cooking water to make a loose sauce; add 4 sliced hot dogs. Transfer to a buttered baking dish and top with a mix of 1/4 cup cheddar, 2 tablespoons panko and a pinch of mustard powder; bake at 400 degrees F, 15 minutes.

17. Pimiento: Make American Mac and Cheese, adding all of the reserved cooking water to make a loose sauce; add 1/2 cup pimientos and 1/4 cup sour cream. Transfer to a buttered baking dish; top with crushed butter crackers. Bake at 375 degrees F, 15 minutes.

18. Broccoli and Havarti: Make American Mac and Cheese, adding 2 cups broccoli florets to the pasta during the last 3 minutes of cooking and replacing the cheddar with havarti.

19. Ham and Pea: Make American Mac and Cheese, adding 1 cup frozen peas to the pasta during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Stir in 1 cup chopped ham.

20. Andouille: Make American Mac and Cheese, adding 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning with the flour. Stir in 6 ounces browned diced andouille sausage, 1/3 cup chopped Peppadew peppers and 1 sliced scallion.