50 Mac and Cheese Recipes

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

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21. Roasted Pepper and Chipotle: Purée 1 cup chopped roasted red peppers, 1 small chipotle in adobo sauce and 1 tablespoon adobo sauce. Make American Mac and Cheese; stir in the pepper purée and 2 sliced scallions.

22. Cheeseburger: Brown 1/2 pound ground beef with 1/4 cup each ketchup, chopped onion and chopped pickles. Make American Mac and Cheese, adding all of the reserved cooking water to make a loose sauce. Transfer half of the pasta mixture to a buttered baking dish; top with the beef mixture, then the remaining pasta mixture. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheddar and bake at 400 degrees F, 15 minutes.

23. Spinach-Artichoke: Make American Mac and Cheese, adding all of the reserved cooking water to make a loose sauce; stir in one 6-ounce jar chopped marinated artichoke hearts and 2 cups chopped baby spinach. Transfer to a buttered baking dish. Mix 2 tablespoons each panko, grated Parmesan and chopped parsley; sprinkle on top. Bake at 400 degrees F, 15 minutes.

24. Wisconsin-Style: Make American Mac and Cheese, adding 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard and all of the reserved cooking water to make a loose sauce. Transfer to a buttered baking dish; top with 1/2 cup cheddar cheese curds and broil until melted.

25. Chili-Chip: Make American Mac and Cheese, adding all of the reserved cooking water to make a loose sauce. Transfer to a buttered baking dish; top with 1 cup chili and 1/4 cup each crushed tortilla chips and grated pepper jack cheese. Bake at 400 degrees F, 15 minutes.

26. Light: Make American Mac and Cheese, using multigrain pasta and reduced-fat cheddar and replacing the evaporated milk with 2% milk.

27. Alfredo Mac and Cheese:

  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces penne or other short pasta
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping

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, rub a large skillet with the smashed garlic clove, then discard the garlic. Add the butter and melt over medium-high heat. Add the cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until reduced by about one-third, 5 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan.

Add the pasta and just enough of the reserved cooking water to make a thick sauce. Season with salt and pepper and top with more Parmesan.

28. Sun-Dried Tomato: Make Alfredo Mac and Cheese; stir in 4 ounces goat cheese, 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes and a handful of chopped basil.

29. Creamy Vegetable: Make Alfredo Mac and Cheese; stir in 2 cups cooked mixed vegetables and 2 tablespoons each mascarpone and chopped parsley.

30. Four-Cheese: Make Alfredo Mac and Cheese, cooking 1 minced shallot in the butter; stir in 1/4 cup each shredded mozzarella, shredded asiago and diced taleggio cheese. Top with chopped parsley.