Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Make delicious macaroni and cheese on the stovetop or baked to gooey perfection in the oven.
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Croque Monsieur Mac and Cheese

This down-home comfort food gets a French twist with gruyere cheese, ham and toasty bread crumbs.

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Rachael Ray's Cauliflower Mac N Cheese

Cauliflower and fresh watercress are crunchy additions to Rachael's pasta.

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The Pioneer Woman's Macaroni and Cheese

Ree Drummond's macaroni can be served straight from the stove or baked in a buttered dish with extra cheese until bubbling and brown.

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Rachael Ray's Jalapeno Popper Orzo Mac-n-Cheese

Rice-shaped orzo pasta gets a cheesy makeover and a spicy kick from Fresno chiles and jalapenos. Serve along with a salad of velvety avocado and heirloom tomatoes.

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Buffalo-Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Hot sauce gets stirred into mac 'n' cheese for this Buffalo chicken rendition of the classic pasta dish.

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The Barefoot Contessa's Lobster Mac & Cheese

Turn mac 'n' cheese into a decadent meal with chunks of fresh lobster.

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Rachael Ray's Roasted Squash Chili Mac

This pasta gets a fiery kick from a fresh chile pepper.

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Beefy Mac and Cheese

Turn macaroni into a substantial meal by adding hearty beef.

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Spring Shells and Cheese

Get your greens in this version of mac 'n' cheese that is complete with tender zucchini and velvety spinach. Use pasta shells for the perfect pockets of oozy melted cheese.

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Apple-Sausage Mac and Cheese

Give this dish a fall twist by adding sweet apples and chicken sausage to gooey cheese pasta.

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Mini Mac and 'Shrooms

For a sophisticated version of this childhood favorite, nix the Cheddar in favor of creamy Brie cheese and add fresh wild mushrooms.

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The Barefoot Contessa's Mac and Cheese

Sliced tomatoes make a refreshing addition to Ina Garten's mac 'n' cheese.

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Alton Brown's Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese

Alton Brown's stove-top version is a cinch to make. In just one pot you can quickly whip up some down-home cheesy goodness.

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Alton Brown's Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Gooey macaroni with sharp Cheddar cheese is crowned with breadcrumbs and baked until golden and bubbly.

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Ellie Krieger's Macaroni and 4 Cheeses

The secret to this casserole is pureed winter squash for its nutrients, bright orange color and velvety flavor that complements the four cheeses.

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Cajun Mac and Cheese

Take cheesy pasta wheels for a spin through andouille sausage and Cajun spices.

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Grilled Mac and Cheese With Pulled Pork

Grilled cheese meets macaroni and cheese plus pulled pork in this perfect marriage of comfort foods.

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No-Bake Macaroni and Cheese

This lighter mac 'n' cheese is as deliciously creamy as a traditional version; the perfect texture comes from the evaporated milk, reduced-fat Cheddar and Neufchatel cheese. The secret ingredient that makes these creamy ingredients go a long wayis cooked cauliflower blended into the sauce.

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Crab Cake Mac N Cheese

You can't go wrong when blending two foods as delicious as crab cakes and macaroni and cheese into one hot, bubbling casserole.

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Lightened-Up Mac and Cheese

This macaroni is every bit as creamy and cheesy as the traditional version, but with fewer calories thanks to lowfat cheeses and skim milk.

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Mac and Cheese Soup

The ultimate cold-weather comfort food: a steaming bowl of creamy macaroni and cheese soup.

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Mac Daddy Mac n' Cheese

This dressed-up mac and cheese studded with bacon and fresh herbs will have broad appeal on your family's table. Add a quick side salad or steamed veggie and dinner is served.

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Mac-n-Cheese-n-Spin-occolini Bake

Broccolini and spinach give a bit of green to Rachel Ray's three-cheese Italian mac that also features a blend of nutty Parmesan, tangy provolone and sharp Asiago cheeses. 

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Mac N' Cheese with Bacon and Cheese

Don't worry about peeling the garlic or chopping the thyme in Tyler Florence's recipe: the flavors will infuse into the milk base and then you can strain them out later.

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Grown Up Mac and Cheese

Salty blue cheese elevates this classic comfort food into a decadent dish. Ina's secret ingredient is a hint of nutmeg to round out the overall flavor.

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Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

With spicy pepperjack cheese and cayenne pepper this dish packs the heat. Sour cream, heavy cream and buttermilk bump up the richness and balance out the kick.

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Whole Wheat Spinach Mac n Cheese with Broiled Tomatoes

The pumpkin puree in this mac and cheese adds fiber, as well as body and color, so less cheese is needed. Whole wheat pasta and baby spinach bump up the health factor even further.

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Mac and Cheese Grilled with Bacon Two Ways

Jeff's showstopping sandwich is unlike any grilled cheese you've ever had. A helping of creamy mac and cheese makes up the ultra-cheesy filling, and crispy bacon adds crunch.

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