The 20 Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes Ever

Dec 4, 2019

Category: Food

Macaroni and cheese is easily among the top choices when it comes to comfort food on the culinary scene. More commonly referred to here in the states as “mac and cheese,” the roots of this heavenly concoction run deep – dating all the way back to the medieval cooks of the 14th century. These ancient recipes weren’t quite like the macaroni and cheese we enjoy today, but they weren’t far off either consisting of fresh hand-cut pasta sandwiched between butter and cheese. It wasn’t until the late 1700s that modern day mac and cheese recipes were implemented, and the rest is history.

Growing up we ate macaroni and cheese on what seemed to be a daily basis, and we still indulge on regular basis these days as well. Before adulthood, we had no idea that there were so many different ways to cook up such a simple dish. But hey, you live and you learn. We never imagined it was even possible to love this cheesy pasta dish more than we already did, that is until we decided to chase down the best mac and cheese recipes on the web. We did what you don’t have the time to, cooked up a countless number of dishes to find the absolute best of the best. Check out our collection of the 20 best macaroni and cheese recipes on the planet below – in no particular order.

Easy Beer Mac and Cheese

1. Easy Beer Mac and Cheese

When you’ve got the words “easy” and “beer” together with mac and cheese, you’ve got our attention. Adding booze to anything makes it that much better, and pasta is no exception to the rule. [View Recipe]

BBQ Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese 1

2. BBQ Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese

Just looking at this causes our mouths to water. Mac and cheese typically comes as a side dish at BBQ restaurants, but this recipe switches things up a bit – making mac and cheese the main course. [View Recipe]

Roasted Garlic Macaroni and Cheese

3. Roasted Garlic Macaroni and Cheese

If you’ve got a thing for garlic, this is the recipe for you. After 4-plus years of writing some of the best recipes on the web, the team at Just A Taste decided it was time to publish one of the greatest mac and cheese creations we’ve ever encountered. [View Recipe]

Sriracha Mac and Cheese

4. Sriracha Mac and Cheese

It’s macaroni and cheese smothered in the heaven sent hot sauce known as Sriracha. Need we say more? [View Recipe]

Chipotle Mac and Cheese with Bacon

5. Chipotle Mac and Cheese with Bacon

We absolutely love bacon, so don’t be surprised if it shows up multiple times on this list. Created for the 4th of July in 2013, this recipe is said to have magical powers, and it’s extremely addictive. The perfect blend of creamy, tangy and spicy. [View Recipe]

Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac and Cheese

6. Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac and Cheese

There was no way we were putting together a list of the best mac and cheese recipes without including some famous Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Toss  in10 slices of bacon, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, along with the base ingredients, and you’ve got yourself one mouth watering dinner. Keep this one away from the kids. [View Recipe]

Luscious Lobster Mac and Cheese

7. Luscious Lobster Mac & Cheese

Lobster is one of the best pairings with mac and cheese, and after testing a few different recipes, this one came out on top. One tip: don’t skimp on the lobster quality. It makes all the difference. [View Recipe]

Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese

8. Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese

While technically it’s a grilled cheese sandwich, there was no way this bad boy wasn’t making the list. Combining the 2 best comfort foods of all times, this is carbs on top of carbs…on top of carbs. Sign us up. [View Recipe]

Caprese Mac and Cheese 1

9. Caprese Mac and Cheese

Created for the vegetarians out there, this dish tastes just as good as it looks. When presentation is key (and when is it not?), this recipe is always good a choice. [View Recipe]

Mac and Cheese Cupcakes

10. Mac and Cheese Cupcakes

While some people might be a bit cautious when it comes to trying something called “mac and cheese cupcakes,” all we needed to do was see that photo, and we were all in. The recipe is a bit tedious as you first have to create a batch of creamy mac and cheese, and then essentially bake the heck out of them. The end result is something quite special though. Do it. You won’t regret it. [View Recipe]

Cheesy Chili Mac

11. Cheesy Chili Mac

This dish is packed with all of the essential man food groups: meat, noodles, and of course cheese. It doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to comfort food, but we can’t promise that you won’t want to take a little nap after consumption. [View Recipe]

Baked White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

12. Baked White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

What makes this particular recipe so tasty is that it calls for 4 different cheeses, along with a handful of different spices. Word of advice (and really it remains true for all of the recipes): invest in some quality macaroni and cheese when shopping for ingredients. You’ll thank us later. [View Recipe]

Fried Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Balls

13. Fried Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Balls

Did we just die and go to heaven? No, but it sure feels that way as you bite into this deep fried goodness. [View Recipe]

Smokey Gouda Mac and Cheese

14. Smokey Gouda Mac & Cheese

Using 2 cups of grated smoked Gouda cheese as the base for the sauce, this dish is downright delectable. It’s perfect for those cold, gloomy days. [View Recipe]

THE Mac and Cheese

15. THE Mac and Cheese

Many people claim to have the best macaroni and cheese recipe in the world, but Alison Kirksey actually walks the walk. Certainly a contender for the greatest mac and cheese on the planet, this is the perfect recipe for those of you looking for a downright delicious mac and cheese dish, without all the fluff. [View Recipe]

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

16. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Trust us when we say that we were also a bit skeptical when it came to adding butternut squash to our mac and cheese. It didn’t seem like a match made in heaven, but boy were we wrong. [View Recipe]

Macaroni and Cheese Pizza Recipe

17. Macaroni and Cheese Pizza Recipe

Yes you read that title correctly. And, yes it’s everything you’d imagine it would be… and then some. If you love pizza (which we do), this is a must-try dish. This is not for the low-calorie carb conscious complainer. [View Recipe]

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

18. Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese

While we still have a few more months before the Fall season lands upon us, it’s never too early to start mapping out the food schedule. Pumpkin fanatics will fall head over heels for this dish. [View Recipe]

Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese

19. Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese

You might be thinking, “Avocado mac and cheese doesn’t sound all that appetizing.” Not to mention the fact that I prefer my mac and cheese not be colored green. While we understand the skepticism, this dish does not disappoint. Admittedly we are huge avocado lovers, and the mixture of garlic, avocado, lime juice, cilantro and pepper jack cheese was simply amazing. [View Recipe]

BBQ Chicken and Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Bacon

20. BBQ Chicken and Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Bacon

We saved one of our personally favorites for last. Packed with plenty of protein, this is the ultimate meat lovers mac and cheese creation. The fact that the chicken is smothered in barbecue sauce makes it that much better. [View Recipe]

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