10 Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

These macaroni and cheese recipes feature all of the many different ways to revel in the rich and cheesy comfort food, whether baked or stovetop, on the ascetic and quick end of the spectrum or the indelicately lavish and indulgent end of things. No judgment here.

A grey ceramic bowl filled with baked mac and cheese with bread crumbs
This baked macaroni and cheese boasts all the cheesy goodness of the usual American classic but with the spectacular addition of crunchy, buttery crumbs on top as well as the bonus points that it can be prepared in advance. What’s not to love?!
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A cast iron skillet filled with baked macaroni and cheese.
This baked macaroni and cheese recipe is the best and easy to make. The bread crumbs on top and creamy comfort food underneath are proof that homemade tastes infinitely better than that store-bought stuff in the blue box. Here’s how to make it.
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3-ingredient macaroni and cheese--elbow macaroni, cream, Cheddar cheese--in a yellow casserole with a wooden spoon.
Mac and cheese doesn’t get any easier than this 3 ingredient macaroni and cheese. The 3 ingredients? Elbow macaroni, heavy cream, and Cheddar cheese. And it takes just 20 minutes.
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A person scooping a spoonful of green chile macaroni and cheese from a bowl.
For this green chile macaroni and cheese, Lisa Fain mixes Anaheim peppers, Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, onions, cream, spices, snd a topping of finely crushed tortilla chips.
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A grey plate half-filled with mac and cheese canapes, with a few resting beside the plate
These mac and cheese canapes, essentially baked mac and cheese bites, are made from macaroni and sharp Cheddar cheese and baked in mini-muffin tins. Perfect finger food for kids and adults. Cocktail party, anyone?
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A dark grey rectangular baking dish half filled with four cheese macaroni and cheese and a metal spoon lifting a scoop out.
This four cheese macaroni and cheese is made with a creamy béchamel sauce, penne pasta, fontina, Gorgonzola, pecorino Romano, and Parmesan cheeses, and finished with a crispy panko topping.
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An oval skillet filled with mushroom macaroni and cheese with a spoon resting on top.
This mushroom macaroni and cheese recipe, made with macaroni, mushrooms, taleggio or fontina, and herbs, is simple and creamy.
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A dish of macaroni au gratin on a white paper napkin on a white plate with a stack of plates beside it.
This macaroni au gratin is no ordinary macaroni and cheese. Not at all. It’s still pasta in cheese sauce but blanketed with a layer of ooey, gooey blend of three cheeses. Easy and on the table in less than an hour.
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Skillet mac and cheese in a grey bowl with a spoon, garnished with extra shredded cheese.
This skillet mac and cheese is fast, easy, uses only one dish, and requires very little stovetop fussing. The pasta cooks in a creamy milk sauce in the oven, and then two (or more!) types of cheese are stirred in at the end.
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A brown bowl filled with gluten-free macaroni and cheese sprinkled with pepper on a wooden table with a fork resting beside the bowl.
This gluten-free macaroni and cheese, made with gluten-free pasta, Cheddar, and goat cheese is easy to make and is every bit as good as the real deal.
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