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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5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

This macaroni for this creamy, kid-friendly dish cooks up in just four minutes when using the pressure-cook setting. And after it's been gobbled up, you'll only have one pot to clean!

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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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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 Cauliflower Mac N Cheese

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

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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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Macaroni and Cheese

"The mac and cheese is for the kids." Who are we kidding when we make that statement? Giada De Laurentiis knows that we adults like mac and cheese too. The bits of ham and melted mozzarella elevate this classic pasta dish.

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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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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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The Barefoot Contessa's Lobster Mac & Cheese

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

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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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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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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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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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Rachael Ray's Roasted Squash Chili Mac

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

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Katie Lee's Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Mushrooms

One pound of white button mushrooms gives this stovetop mac and cheese from Katie Lee an earthy and delicious bite. When plating, serve with a slice of taleggio for an additional rich and creamy note.

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Beefy Mac and Cheese

Turn macaroni into a substantial meal by adding hearty beef.

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Lorraine Pascale's Glam Mac and Cheese

This decadent spin on mac and cheese from Lorraine Pascale incorporates pancetta, gorgonzola and parmesan to achieve the ultimate level of cheesy goodness. If you’re not a fan of blue cheese, a smooth cheddar also works!

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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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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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Nancy Fuller's Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Nancy Fuller combines shell pasta with a melty mixture of cheddar, Colby jack and cream cheese to infuse this stovetop mac and cheese with creamy goodness. For some surprise heat, add a heaping teaspoon of Dijon mustard, a dash of hot sauce and a 1/8 teaspoon of paprika.

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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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Macaroni and Cheese

You can't go wrong with Tyler Florence's macaroni and cheese. He uses cheddar and Parmesan to play up the classic flavors. Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes for a perfect golden crust.

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Pimento Cheesy Mac

Pimentos are sweet and aromatic — perfect when paired with sharp yellow cheddar. For a bit of heat, Rachael adds paprika and dry mustard to the bechamel sauce.

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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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Mac and Cheese with Eggs

Whether you make this for brunch or a late-night snack, this bubbly dish is sure to be a real crowd-pleasurer. Simply spread warm mac and cheese in an ovenproof skillet, add in some eggs and dig right in!

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Macaroni and Cheddar Cheese

Rachael's baked mac and cheese utilizes a roux, or a gently cooked butter and flour mixture, as a shortcut to make this comforting dish in only 30 minutes.

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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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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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Valerie Bertinelli's Baked Mac and Cheese with Hidden Cauliflower

Not only is this recipe super yummy, but it’s also a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables thanks to the cauliflower hidden inside. Follow Valerie's lead and top your baked mac and cheese with crushed sour-cream-and-cheddar potato chips for a crispy crunch with every forkful.

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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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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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Noodle Kugel

This savory kugel gets its great crunch factor from a topping of crushed cornflakes.

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Havarti, yellow cheddar and white American cheeses are the picks for this creamy dish that gets a kick from hot sauce and cayenne pepper.

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Sloppy Joe and Macaroni Casserole

Rachael's meaty macaroni is a great make-ahead meal. The unbaked casserole can be covered and refrigerated and baked right before you're ready to serve.

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Mac

Rachael Ray uses anchovy paste to replicate the robust flavor of Caesar dressing in this mac and cheese. Serve it with shredded escarole or romaine dressed with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil for a balanced dinner.

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Lobster Mac and Cheese

The Neelys use tomato paste, heavy cream and sweet chunks of lobster tail for an extra-thick, extra-decadent macaroni and cheese that's worthy of a special occasion.

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Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Mac

Tired of macaroni or penne? Rachael recommends cavatappi (corkscrew-shaped pasta) for this spicy, smoky twist on traditional mac and cheese.

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Mac and Smoked Gouda with Cauliflower

Kids won't object to eating their veggies when you serve up this cheesy dish. Cauliflower lends great texture, but the creamy smoked Gouda still takes center stage.

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Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin Mac and Cheese

Rachael uses sour cream in place of milk for a tangy flavor that pairs well with broccoli and cauliflower.

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Creamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

No need for a flour-and-butter roux in this easy stovetop version of an old favorite: The cream cheese adds body and richness. If your mac and cheese gets a little stiff as it cools, just stir in some warm water to smooth it out — it works like a charm.

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Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This baked mac and cheese — perfect for a large crowd or as a side dish — is super simple to make. The cream cheese gives it richness and a little tang.

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Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Kale and Mushrooms

Don't be alarmed by how much kale you start with for this recipe. It will cook down quite a bit and pairs deliciously with the creamy pasta and shiitake mushrooms.

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Creamy Jalapeno Popper Macaroni and Cheese

This pleasantly spicy mac and cheese delivers on its name: The cheesy jalapeno pasta with its crunchy panko breadcrumb topping tastes just like poppers!

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Creamy Pizza Macaroni and Cheese

You could call this mac and cheese a mash-up: It tastes just like pizza! We love using the oil from sun-dried tomatoes to make the topping. It's also great drizzled on toasted bread or pasta.

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Breakfast Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage and Hash Browns

The best part of this breakfast-inspired mac and cheese is the hash-brown topping. It couldn't be easier: Just thaw frozen hash browns and toss them with butter so they bake up golden and crispy.

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Macaroni and Cheese Carbonara

The best parts of the traditional Italian dish spaghetti carbonara are found in this baked mac and cheese: richness from the bacon, creaminess from grated cheese and spice from the black pepper.

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