17 Homemade Mac'n'Cheese Recipes, from Classic to Totally Whack
Meet the best homemade mac and cheese recipes! Yup, here's your one-stop mac-n-cheese emporium of delights. These recipes run the full gamut, from classic mac to totally whack -- looking at you, mac 'n' cheese in a waffle cone made of Cheddar cheese! Enjoy!
Mouse's Macaroni and Cheese
Cheesy meets easy. A little mustard powder gives this mac-and-cheese a secret little kick. This cheesy, creamy, top-rated recipe features two kinds of cheese, melted on the stove before the casserole is baked.
Home Style Macaroni and Cheese
The secret ingredient is cream cheese, along with Cheddar and a touch of Dijon mustard. It comes together fast and bakes in less than 20 minutes.
BEST EVER Mac and Cheese
Best ever? Well, you decide. This one combines cottage cheese with sour cream and tomatoes. "This recipe was all I had hoped it would be," says Molly, who rates it 5 stars. "Hot, creamy and delicious!"
No-Bake Crispy Potato Chip Mac and Cheese
No-bake mac and cheese won't heat up the kitchen. Chef John features as the star of the dish everyone's favorite part of macaroni and cheese: the crisp, crunchy topping. "This recipe makes extra cheese sauce, so save it in the fridge for the next batch," says Chef John.
Microwave Macaroni and Cheese
The microwave means good-and-gooey mac and cheese in minutes. "A nice alternative to baked macaroni and cheese," says Kristin Gowin. "Vary the recipe by using farfalle, fusilli, or rotini pasta. You may add cooked chicken or tuna to this recipe for a more hearty meal."
Mac and Cheese II
A classic with shredded Cheddar and Velveeta. "This recipe is so simple to make!" says KROB919. "It can be a side dish with meatloaf and stewed tomatoes or hold it's own."
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
Takes about 5 minutes to set it up in the a.m. "This creamy, comforting meal takes just moments to assemble and is always a big hit," says Cathy P. "Great for large family gatherings and to take to pot luck dinners."
Lobster Mac and Cheese
Seafood and cheese DO belong together. "You can actually prep these ahead and bake before that romantic dinner," says Chef John. "You probably want to take them out and let them warm up for 30 minutes before baking. Only bake these until the tops are browned and the inside is just hot."
Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and Onions
With crispy bacon and caramelized onions. "The creamiest most bacony macaroni and cheese!" says mj. "Amazing comfort food and easy to make!"
Macaroni and Cheese Salad
Mac and cheese goes cold salad on us, with a little cider vinegar kick. "This in one of the best macaroni salads I have had," says bw. "I made it for a potluck today. I have used Beau Monde spice for years but only for 1 dish I make. Never thought of using it in any other mayo based recipes. I will explore more uses for it."
South-of-the-Border Mac and Cheese
Chili powder and diced green chiles take mac and cheese South of the Border. "This is the first time I've ever made mac and cheese in a crock-pot and with summer temperatures soaring outside, this was a great way to cook it and not heat the house up with the oven," says Sherri.
Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
Sporting Frank's wing sauce, rotisserie chicken meat, and ranch dressing mix, it's ready for the big game. This mac and cheese boasts all the flavor of Buffalo chicken and macaroni and cheese combined into one tasty dish.
Easy Mac and Cheese Muffins
Finally a mac-and-cheese you can eat with your hands. "This takes a fun approach to the traditional mac and cheese recipe," says joplin_7_7_7. "Kids can eat it like a muffin and with their hands, making it a new mac and cheese experience!"
Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
It's mac and cheese in a fun finger-food format -- and cheesed to the max with Cheddar, Italian cheeses, and pimento cheese spread. "A fun and easy recipe that the kids and guests will love!" says erinrhodes813. "It's super cheesy and absolutely one of my faves. No need for spoons with this mac dish!"
Mac and Cheese in a Cheese Waffle Cone
And don't forget the pepperoni. "This is a fun way to serve the classic mac and cheese," says Poker Mike. "Cheddar cheese is melted and formed into crisp waffle cone and mac and cheese is poured in. I made this for a few kids and they loved it...gotta love cheese though."
Speaking of pepperoni...pizza mac! "BEST...PIZZA...EVER!" says MissaLissa. "This is the basic recipe. Add your favorite flavors to make it personal. Suggestions: Bacon, onion, avocado, tomato, havarti cheese, Gruyere cheese.
Philly Cheese Steak Pasta
This Philly cheese steak mac-and-cheese is smothered in a creamy cheese sauce and complete with thinly sliced steak, peppers, and onions. "This pasta is a very delicious take on my favorite sandwich, the Philly cheese steak," says Cadzima.