25 of Our Ooiest, Gooiest, Cheesiest Recipes

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham in a white bowl over a green and white dish towel
Photo: Culinary Envy

There are some 50,000+ recipes on this food site. Not all of them feature cheese. So many lost opportunities, you might say. But those cheeseless choices are not our concern. Today, we reveal our most cherished, cheesiest recipes. These are the ooey, gooey, pull-aparty best of our cheese-powered recipes.

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Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue
Denise Sakaki

Here's a super-cheesy classic! This cheese-and-wine fondue features melty Gruyere and Swiss with dry white wine and a touch of ground nutmeg. "Outrageously good fondue!" raves Joan. "The quality of the cheese you use really matters, so spring for the good stuff."

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Cheesiest Potato Soup

Cheesiest Potato Soup in a bread bowl

Heavy cream and plenty of sharp Cheddar dress up this puréed potato soup. Enjoy as is, or inside a bread bowl for an extra comforting meal.

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Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti in a blue dish

Cheesy-cheesy layers of ziti pasta, beefy tomato sauce, sour cream and three kinds of Italian cheese. "So cheesy!" raves Robin Chory Valenti. "DH couldn't stop raving about it. He went back for seconds...then thirds!"

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham in a white bowl over a green and white dish towel
Culinary Envy

Featuring both Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, the rich sauce that envelops these potato slices and pieces of smoked ham is lick-the-plate good. Dee Hayes says, "My family loves this dish, especially on cold, wintery evenings. It's frequently in our meal rotation."

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Guacamole Chicken Melt

Guacamole Chicken Melt

Seasoned chicken breasts are browned in butter and olive oil, topped with homemade guacamole and slices of pepper jack cheese, then broiled.

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Cheesy-Crust Skillet Pizza

Cheesy-Crust Skillet Pizza
The Gruntled Gourmand

Pizza is already cheesy, but this gluten-free recipe kicks it up a notch. Part-skim mozzarella makes up the crust, just waiting to be decorated with your favorite toppings.

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Wisconsin Five-Cheese Bake

Wisconsin Five-Cheese Bake in a white dish
Samantha Trujillo

Can you handle five cheeses? "Here's a savory twist on traditional macaroni and cheese made with multiple cheeses for layers of cheese flavor in every bite," says Kim B.

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Cheesy Beef and Bean Bake

Cheesy Beef and Bean Bake

"A great recipe for those days when you want a tasty main dish without spending a lot of time in the kitchen," describes dish creator Maggie Bomis. Beef and beans are cooked down in a savory sauce, then topped with a layer of comforting mashed potatoes and gooey cheese before baking.

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Manicotti Italian Casserole

Manicotti Italian Casserole
Photo by Svenja Haupt.

Mounds of mozzarella! "This is one of my all time favorite meals to make, and it's super easy" says ERINLOVE65. For gatherings I make the whole recipe, for my family I cut it in half."

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Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower

Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower in a white dish
Soup Loving Nicole

Reminiscent of a loaded potato, these cauliflower florets are loaded up with mozzarella, sour cream, mayo, bacon bits, and Cheddar to create an irresistible dish.

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Inside-Out Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Inside-Out Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Chef John

It's cheesy on the inside, cheesy on the outside! "In my humble opinion, this crispy, crunchy, cheesy masterpiece is the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich," says Chef John. "Make sure you follow some basic rules for this to work properly. Only use airy, nutritionally insignificant white bread. Use a nice sharp cheddar and be sure to use a quality non-stick pan over medium to medium-low heat."

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Cheesy Bacon Tater Tots®

Cheesy Bacon Tater Tots in a skillet

"These delicious tots are great as a side dish or as a game day appetizer," says fabeveryday. "The potatoes crisp in bacon grease before being baked with Cheddar cheese for an easy bacony, cheesy treat."

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Mouse's Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese on a white dish
Photo by Dianne.

"Oh my gosh, I loved this recipe!" raves Cristina. "It was so creamy and so cheesy. I can't say enough about how much I liked this. I have been looking for a mac and cheese recipe like this."

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Bobbe's Super Cheesy Pasta

Bobbe's Super Cheesy Pasta on a white plate

Three types of cheese—Cheddar, Gouda, and Parmesan—blend with blue cheese dressing to create a decadent and tangy pasta dish.

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Jalapeño Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

"One of my favorite local Mexican restaurants serves a dish with shredded chicken, jalapeno cream cheese, and Monterey Jack cheese that is to die for," says baumanns. "I had been experimenting with dishes that contained those two ingredients and came up with this! It is absolutely to die for."

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Twice-Baked Cheesy Potato Casserole

Twice-Baked Cheesy Potato Casserole on a white plate

Enjoy all the flavor of twice-baked potatoes without the extra effort of scooping and stuffing. Each bite is rich with Cheddar and cream cheese, along with chives, sour cream, and garlic.

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Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole closeup
Kimberly Asha

Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses, plus ham and hash browns add up to a multi-purpose cheesy casserole. "I mostly use this as a breakfast casserole," says POOBOO, "but it's great anytime. May be served with or without diced ham. Quick and easy to make, not to mention delicious!"

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Cheesy Grits

Cheesy Grits

A Southern classic, these cheesy grits are ready in just 15 minutes. Enjoy them as a breakfast side, or make them into a meal by topping with freshly sautéed shrimp and veggies.

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Four Cheese Margherita Pizza

Four Cheese Margherita Pizza on a baking sheet

"This is a fantastic version of an Italian classic," says Michelle. "The feta cheese adds a rich flavor that brings this dish to life. Incredibly easy and incredibly delicious!"

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Cheesy Baked Eggs

Cheesy Baked Eggs in a white dish
Allrecipes Magazine

"This basically is eggs, on top of cheese, on top of cheese, on top of eggs," says Hammertime. "To add a little extra kick, add a small can of diced chiles or jalapenos into the mix. Serve with sour cream, salsa, and green taco sauce."

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Incredibly Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf

Incredibly Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf on a white plate

A whopping 3/4 pounds of Colby cheese go into this rich turkey meatloaf. "This is by far the best meatloaf recipe I have ever tried. It's so moist and delicious with all that cheese," says reviewer Brandex.

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Chili Rellenos Casserole

Chili Rellenos Casserole

This cheesy chili rellenos casserole is super easy to prepare. "Great for a busy week night, and good enough for company," says CLARISSA2.

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Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole in a blue bowl
Carolyn Chieffe Perrine

Guests will never know that only a microwave is needed to create this indulgent side dish. Chopped broccoli and rice are stirred into a decadent mix of processed cheese and cream of chicken soup then cooked until bubbly.

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Cheesy Jalapeño Dip

close up of Cheesy Jalapeno Dip

Cream cheese, Cheddar, and shredded Parmesan are the base for this irresistible dip. Fresh jalapeños and chopped green chiles add spice, while ranch dressing and cilantro create a pop of flavor.

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Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

"This is my jazzed up version of classic queso dip taken to a heartier level, perfect for football games, tailgating or for taking along to pot lucks in a slow cooker," says brightlightz. "This is a serious crowd-pleaser that is served hot as a dip, spooned over crisp tortilla chips nacho-style, or rolled up in a warm flour tortilla!"

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