More Cheese, Please: The Pioneer Woman's Gooiest Recipes

From classic macaroni and cheese and a meaty lasagna to a chile-studded queso dip, learn how to make Ree's cheesiest recipes.

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Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin

Every bit as perfect as its name leads you to believe, Ree's stick-to-your-ribs potato side dish comes together with just a handful of ingredients and features a thick layer of sharp cheddar for rich, hearty results. 

Get the Recipe: Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

Hot and Cheesy Baked Meatballs

Ree turns up the heat with her baked meatballs by using spicy pasta sauce and hot cherry peppers.

Get the Recipe: Hot and Cheesy Baked Meatballs

Cheesy Ham & Egg Hand Pies

Using ready-to-go frozen puff pastry means these breakfast treats are easy enough to pull off on a weekday morning.

Get the Recipe: Cheesy Ham & Egg Hand Pies

Spicy Grilled Cheese

There’s no regular ol’ sliced cheese here! Ree opts for a fiery creamy pimento cheese that gets smoky and spicy flavors from chipotle peppers in adobo and sliced jalapenos.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Grilled Cheese

Caprese French Bread Pizzas

Melted mozzarella gives this bright and colorful dish a creamy texture in every bite.

Get the Recipe: Caprese French Bread Pizzas

Crispy Grilled Cheese

Not only does Ree's fast-fix grilled cheese feature a blend of rich cheeses between bread, but there's also a sprinkle of nutty Parmesan on each side of the bread too. When the bread hits the pan, the Parmesan crisps up and turns golden.

Get the Recipe: Crispy Grilled Cheese

Supreme Pizza Lasagna

Individually, both pizza and lasagna are cheesy and rich, but when you combine them into one hearty casserole, what results is meaty, saucy, super-cheesy decadence.

Get the Recipe: Supreme Pizza Lasagna

Corn and Cheese Chowder

A base of sauteed bacon adds subtle smokiness to Ree's fresh-corn chowder, to which she adds two kinds of melty cheeses just before serving in hearty bread bowls. 

Get the Recipe: Corn and Cheese Chowder

Tomato, Mozzarella and Pesto Sandwiches

Four ingredients and five minutes — that's all it takes to prep Ree's top-rated sandwiches. Follow Ree's lead and start with prepared pesto for a fuss-free lunch.

Get the Recipe: Tomato, Mozzarella and Pesto Sandwiches

Pawhuska Cheesesteaks

Ready to eat in just 16 minutes, Ree's top-rated sandwiches come together with deli roast beef, sauteed peppers and onions, and a cheesesteak staple: processed cheese.

Get the Recipe: Pawhuska Cheese Steaks

Hot Corn Chile Dip

Grab your chips and get ready to dig in, because Ree's corn-jalapeno dip boasts an extra-creamy base of mayo, chiles and pepper Jack, plus a hefty blanket of bubbly cheese.

Get the Recipe: Hot Corn Chile Dip

Macaroni and Cheese

To make sure her cheese sauce turns out thick and creamy, Ree creates a roux out of flour and butter before whisking in the milk, then gives the mixture a chance to firm up a bit as it cooks. Just before baking the casserole, she tops the macaroni with a layer of cheddar for next-level decadence.

Get the Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese

Chicken Spaghetti

Ree mixes the just-cooked spaghetti and chicken with a hefty dose of cheddar to form a rich, cheesy sauce for her casserole, then tops it with a blanket of even more cheese before baking for a gooey topping. 

Get the Recipe: Chicken Spaghetti

Baked Ziti

Mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan make up the cheesy trifecta in Ree's big-batch baked pasta. She combines the cheeses and mixes them with the pasta and her beefy tomato sauce to create a hearty supper. For even more melty indulgence, Ree adds layers of mozzarella among the pasta and sauce while building the casserole to create gooey texture in every bite.

Get the Recipe: Baked Ziti

Green Chile Queso

Think of this as the ultimate go-to appetizer: It's ready to eat in only 30 quick minutes, and it's at once a comforting favorite your guests will crave and a new twist on classic chips and dip. For subtle smoky flavor, Ree adds a few chipotle peppers in adobo to the buttery cheese sauce spiked with green chiles.

Get the Recipe: Green Chile Queso

Garlic Cheese Bread Sticks

Five everyday ingredients: That's all it takes to make Ree's 25-minute breadsticks. She dresses up a loaf of French bread with garlic-laced butter and plenty of fresh mozzarella, which promises the richness you know and love.

Get the Recipe: Garlic Cheese Bread Sticks

Basic Pepperoni and Four Cheese Pizza

Start with Ree's go-to recipe for classic pizza dough, then choose for tonight whichever one of her bold pizzas you're craving. Her pepperoni-topped pie comes together with gooey fresh mozzarella, while the four-cheese variety is topped with a bright salad featuring colorful grape tomatoes, tangy balsamic and fragrant basil — as well as four kinds of creamy cheeses, of course.

Get the Recipe: Basic Pepperoni Pizza and Four Cheese Pizza

Broccoli Cheese Soup

When it comes to the cheese in Ree's easy-to-make warming soup, the specific kind is up to you; pick your favorite among a few of Ree's suggestions, like mild or sharp cheddar or Jack cheese. Thanks to the cheese and a duo of whole milk and half-and-half, there's no shortage of comforting creaminess in this big-batch recipe.

Get the Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Soup

Quick Shells and Cheese

Just as the name suggests, this go-to recipe can be on the table in only 15 speedy minutes. Ree opts for a duo of cheddar and Jack cheeses, plus some processed cheese, like Velveeta, which adds an unmistakable gooey texture to the cheese sauce. 

Get the Recipe: Quick Shells and Cheese

Rib-Eye Steak with Onion Blue Cheese Sauce

Ideal for entertaining and special-occasion meals alike, Ree's tender, juicy steaks get a creamy, tangy bite from her Worcestershire-spiked blue cheese sauce, which she makes especially decadent with a few glugs of heavy cream. This surprisingly easy dish is so transformative that Ree says of it, "Take a bite. And the world at long last will make sense."

Get the Recipe: Rib Eye Steak with Onion Blue Cheese Sauce

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