Is it possible to love mac and cheese any more than we already do? The best part about mac and cheese is how soul satisfying it is and how you can make whatever flavor you want!
If your mac and cheese knowledge is limited to pre-portioned pasta and powdered cheese… don’t worry today’s recipes are here to help. These hearty and decadent recipes feature ingredients like mushrooms and truffles, Guinness and Irish cheddar and there’s even a caprese inspired mac and cheese.
It’s impossible to go wrong with warm carbs and cheese, but truly, the flavor variations are endless. The ultimate comfort food just got better, let’s take mac and cheese to the next-level!
Here’s 17 Irresistible Mac and Cheese Recipes That Will Feed Your Soul!
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1. Crab Macaroni and Cheese
Found from Dine and Dish
First of all, adding crab to mac and cheese is simply genius and changes everything. The crab meat is tossed into a creole spice blend that goes perfectly with the cheesy goodness. Bake into a casserole dish or individual pots for smaller portions. This crab mac and cheese will be devoured quickly!
2. Jack Daniels Bacon Mac and Cheese
Found from The Slow Roasted Italian
Jack Daniel’s Mac and Cheese recipe is loaded with hickory smoked peppered bacon, tons of smoky cheese and a selection of spices to wake up all your senses. The Jack Daniel’s brings an element of smokiness and a sweet maple flavor that is balanced out with the heavier spices. This is what mac and cheese dreams are made of.
3. Caprese Mac and Cheese
Found from Simply Delicious Food
A caprese salad is traditionally fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil layered together. Now imagine that inside of a decadent mac and cheese. The creamy mozzarella with fresh basil and tomatoes tossed with pasta and more cheese is just heaven! I love to add some balsamic vinegar on top to cut through the richness and has a brightness that I can eat all day long.
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4. Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese
Found from Center Cut Cook
Everyone knows jalapeno poppers because it’s a classic appetizer. This recipe takes all those delicious flavors and puts them into a creamy mac and cheese. The spiciness of the jalapeno is everything you want out of a jalapeno popper mac and cheese.
5. Pumpkin Thyme Mac and Cheese
Found from Spoon Fork Bacon
This mac and cheese tastes like fall. The pumpkin and thyme goes perfectly together in this comforting bowl of goodness. If you don’t want to wait until fall you can make this recipe all year round with canned pumpkin puree, dried thyme and fresh lemon zest!
6. Loaded Mac and Cheese
Found from Lemon Tree Dwelling
Think of the ultimate loaded baked potato mixed with ooey gooey mac and cheese. Delicious baked mac and cheese, loaded with sour cream, bacon, and chives and topped with buttery bread crumbs. This is sure to become a family favorite!
7. Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese
Found from Damn Delicious
This creamy, cheesy mac and cheese recipe can be made in 30 minutes. It light and healthy but still packs a punch of flavor with spinach and artichoke. The panko bread crumbs on top gives the perfect amount of crunch!
8. Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
Found from Carlsbad Cravings
You will quickly understand why this is called the Million Dollar Mac and Cheese. This mac and cheese is all about the rich sauce. The homemade sauce itself is rich and crazy creamy and the casserole is stuffed with a hidden layer of provolone cheese and sour cream that melts when baked for a ridiculous amount of velvety creamy, cheesy gooey goodness.
9. Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
Found from Port and Fin
I love buffalo wings, I love melty cheesy carbs… the rest is history. Take all the flavors of buffalo chicken wings and bleu cheese dressing and mix it all into mac and cheese. You seriously can’t go wrong!
10. Fried Mac and Cheese Bites
Found from Little Southern Kitchen
These fried mac and cheese bites are little pillows of cheesy heaven with a kick of cajun seasoning. This certainly reinvents a classic mac and cheese recipe!
11. Mushroom White Truffle Mac and Cheese
Found from The Almond Eater
This Mushroom & White Truffle Mac and Cheese can be made in one skillet and in under 30 minutes. It combines luxurious truffle oil, mushrooms and parmesan cheese for a super tasty variation on traditional macaroni and cheese. It’s got a bold flavor that you can’t take your fork away from.
12. Guinness and Irish Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese
Found from Celebrating Sweets
This recipe is super flavorful, ultra creamy, and my new favorite mac and cheese. Guinness, Irish cheddar, and a touch of dijon mustard add a slight sharpness that cuts through the richness of this dish. It’s a grown up version of mac and cheese that is boldly flavored and worlds apart from that bland stuff that comes in a box.
13. Fancy Macaroni
Found from The Pioneer Woman
The fancy mac and cheese is made with caramelized onions and crispy bacon. The beauty of this baked macaroni is that the outside sizzles and crisps up while baking, while the stuff inside remains luscious and creamy.
14. One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese
Found from Belly Full
If there’s another thing that never gets old, it’s mac and cheese. And chili. So put them together to create one killer mash-up!
15. Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
Found from Slow Cooker Gourmet
This pulled pork mac and cheese is like a juicy pulled pork sandwich. Its spicy and smoky with tangy BBQ sauce. This is a perfect weeknight meal!
16. Chicken, Bacon and Blue Cheese Mac & Cheese
Found from Yellow Bliss Road
This is the ultimate comfort food. Four creamy cheeses envelope tender macaroni, savory chicken and crisp bacon to create the best mac and cheese!
17. Mac and Cheese with Spinach and Peas
Found from Hip Foodie Mom
This mac and cheese is filled with spinach and peas. Its bright and fresh flavors! The fresh veggies make the mac and cheese velvety and delicious!
These recipes show you how to take everyone’s favorite comfort food to the next level. And I have a sneaky suspicion that you’re going to be obsessed with all of these recipes.
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