72 Macaroni and Cheese Recipes That Are Absolute Perfection

Updated on September 14, 2023

Whether you stir it on the stovetop, bake it until golden-brown in the oven or zap a quick, one-bowl version in your microwave, mac and cheese is guaranteed to be the most craveworthy dish at your dinner table.

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Our Best Ideas for Mac and Cheese

We’re firm believers that there’s no wrong way to make macaroni and cheese. Sometimes we like to start with a roux and make a creamy béchamel sauce that we can load up with a blend of melty cheeses. Other times, we opt for a low-maintenance mac that comes together in a matter of minutes. As long as you choose the right cheeses for your style of macaroni and cheese, you’ll find that it cooks up creamy and comforting every time. It's no wonder it's a family-favorite dinner in so many households. Looking for a place to start? This easy version sticks to classic Cheddar and cooks in just four minutes, using a multicooker. Best of all, once it’s gobbled up, you’ll only have one pot to clean!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Baked Mac and Cheese

This incredible and substantial side dish has that traditional buffalo-wing flavor, but without any meat. Serve with extra hot sauce on the side for your friends and family who love the heat.

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Quickest Mac and Cheese

Whip up this fast mac and cheese recipe when you’re in a hurry and need to fill your belly. It only takes 10 minutes to cook!

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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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