5 Amazing Mac & Cheese Recipes

Since the weather is finally getting colder where we are, I’m in full comfort food planning mode.

This has led me to realize that I have quite the collection of macaroni and cheese recipes on the blog. Whatever you call it (mac, mac and cheese, macaroni, macaroni and cheese), you can bet these recipes will be just the thing from traditional to creative.

Without further ado, here are 5 amazing Mac & Cheese recipes:

Classic Mac & Cheese

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This recipe is just a classic with lots of cheese, seasoned breadcrumbs and pasta cooked perfectly to hold its shape. Also, it feeds a ton of people! It’s custardy, savory and so comforting.

Mac & Cheese Tot Casserole

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This is something a little different for mac and cheese lovers, and you’re going to just love it. There’s broccoli mixed in with the pasta and cheese sauce, and tater tots are crisped on top. It’s like a marriage between a classic casserole and mac and cheese.

Spinach Artichoke Mac & Cheese

If you’re a spinach artichoke lover like me, then you will find this mac and cheese to be your ideal meal on a cool fall or winter night. It allows you to play around with pasta shapes and fun cheeses.

Bacon Brussels Mac & Cheese

Here’s another creative take on our favorite side, and it’s got bacon and Brussels sprouts to add lots of flavor. It’s smokey, still got lots of tasty fall veg, and will fill you up for sure!

Truffle Mac & Cheese

I make this mac and cheese almost every¬† year for my husband’s birthday, and it’s an Ina Garten wonder! It will cost you a little more than usual with the truffle butter and mushrooms, but it lends a wonderfully earthy flavor and also makes a lot of mac!

Cookout Staple Mac & Cheese

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You know that feeling when you find a recipe that is so good you know you’ll be making it over and over again over the years?

It’s a good feeling, and I definitely¬†had it the first time I made this Mac & Cheese recipe. I got it from a friend and was amazed by the simplicity, the amount of cheese and the custardy, delicious outcome.

There’s nothing fancy about this macaroni and cheese, but when you use good ingredients (Kerrygold butter, a nice sharp cheddar, crispy panko) the final dish will surely impress. It’s as simple as cooking pasta, making a roux, grating a bunch of cheese and combining it all, topped with buttered breadcrumbs.

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Also, this recipe could feed an army! I’ve made it for a few large gatherings, and we’ve still had leftovers.

If you’re a cheese or mac and cheese lover, then you must try this easy variation!


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Queen of Mac

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Have you ever made homemade mac and cheese?

If you haven’t, and your mac is usually made from powder and pasta from a box, I’ve got so much to teach you!

Just call me the queen of mac.

First of all, you can totally do this! Making mac and cheese is really easy. It’s as simple as cooking the pasta, making a roux with butter and flour, adding in some milk then shredded cheese, and finally combining and baking.

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Rainy Day Mac and Cheese

It’s one of those dreary, drizzly fall days that just makes you want to curl up with something warm, gooey and decadent to eat. Anything that will make you want to immediately take a nap will probably do the job.

With the chill and rain beginning to come in, I just couldn’t deny my need for a yummy mac and cheese. I’ve seen quite a few chefs on TV whip up a quick macaroni and cheese, and let’s face it, box mac and cheese just isn’t the same. I’m a Southern girl, and I love some creamy, cheesy macaroni and cheese!