On the blog today I’ve rounded-up 60+ Best Mac and Cheese recipes for you. Mac and cheese dishes are quite a hit at our house, for two reasons, mainly: they are quick and easy to make, and you can really personalize it to your taste. Not to mention, oh so yummy! We make mac and cheese at least once every week, and now my kids are experimenting with their own versions of the recipe.
When looking for new versions of mac and cheese recipes, I head to Pinterest in search of something new and different. Low and behold there are quite a few mac and cheese recipes from other amazing moms and food bloggers. These are the best versions of this classic recipe.
Here are 60+ of the best Mac and Cheese recipes I’ve found on the internet over the years. We’ve tried and loved most of these, and the newer ones are waiting in our list for the coming weeks.
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60+ Best Mac and Cheese Recipes
1. Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese with Ham
This is a classic Mac and Cheese recipe from Tammilee Anderson that she makes in a crock pot. She uses ham in her recipe and it takes around 4 hours in the crockpot to cook slowly. This is a great recipe that you can start and then forget about until it’s time for dinner.
Check out Tammilee Tips for the complete recipe.
2. Creamy Crockpot Mac and Cheese
This recipe from Kelly Wilds of Coastal Kelder can be also made in a crockpot. She adds red pepper flakes and sriracha sauce for added taste which I cannot always use because my youngest cannot eat spicy food much, but it still tastes awesome.
Check out Coastal Kelder for the complete recipe.
3. Gluten-free Mac and Cheese with Greek Yogurt
If anyone if your family is gluten-intolerant, you can try this Gluten-free Mac and Cheese recipe from Laura Sandford. She uses plain Greek Yogurt and Cheddar Cheese with gluten-free pasta for this recipe.
For the whole recipe, check out Laura’s website Joy, Food, Sunshine.
4. Keto Mac and Cheese
If you follow a Keto lifestyle, it doesn’t mean you can’t have Mac and Cheese. This is a Keto friendly recipe that uses zucchini noodles instead of macaroni, with lots of cream cheese, Parmesan and cheddar cheese, and vegetable broth. This may not be a traditional Mac and Cheese recipe, but the taste is the same.
For this Keto-friendly recipe and more, visit Tessa Smith’s website Mama’s Geeky.
5. Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Check out Mabintu Mustapha’s Recipes from a Pantry for 5 simple and easy ways of cooking Mac and Cheese in an Instant Pot. You can follow her blog to choose from evaporated milk, regular milk, ham, pesto and peas in your recipe.
6. Mac and Cheese with Asparagus
Recipe developer and food photographer Mabintu has another endearing recipe where she adds asparagus and a handful of breadcrumbs to this recipe that takes around 50 minutes to prepare, and the end result is golden, crunchy and creamy.
Check out her website Recipes from a Pantry for more.
7. Mac and Cheese Fry
Dr. Wajiha Baig from Glitter and Gluttony doesn’t just make an amazing Mac and Cheese, she fries them into delicious little balls. She turned this classic American dinner recipe into a crispy afternoon snack. I am definitely going to try this soon!
8. Mac and Cheese Soup
This farm wife and the mother of 3 boys converted her Mac and Cheese recipe into a healthy and yummy soup that has a lot of vegetables in it, with heavy cream and creamed corn.
Check out Brandy Olsen-Myers’s Teaspoon of Goddess for more.
9. Healthy Jalapeno Mac and Cheese
Myra Hyland-Samson from Delicious on a Dime adds a little bit of jalapeno to her Mac and Cheese recipe for that extra bit of kick, but at the same time, lightened it up with some plain yogurt, cheese and skim milk. If you are making it for the kids, you might want to be a little stingy with the Jalapeno, though.
10. Mac and Cheese Curry
Yes, curry! Rebecca Pytell from Strength and Sunshine has invented this Mac and Cheese recipe that is more like a curry than a dinner recipe, as well as 100% gluten-free, allergy-free and vegan. She has blended this American recipe with Indian curry powder and a surprise ingredient!
11. Mac and Cheese in an Instant Pot
The owner-founder of Cardamom and Coconut, Danielle Howard, loves to try out new food in her travels. Her Mac and Cheese is an Instant Pot recipe that takes only 30 minutes to prepare and cook.
12. Paula Deen’s Mac and Cheese
Stephanie Melchione from The Cozy Cook has tried and duplicated the famous Mac and Cheese recipe of Paula Deen, the legendary cooking show host, and TV personality. This is one of the creamiest, cheesiest Mac and Cheese recipes I’ve, personally, ever tried.
13. Vegan Mac and Cheese with Broccoli
If you want your Mac and Cheese to not only be delicious but healthy, too, this is a great recipe that has both broccoli heads and cashew nuts.
Check out Alex Mourer’s Our Wandering Kitchen for more.
14. Simple Mac and Cheese Recipes
If you visit Trisha Dishes, you can find a very simple Mac and Cheese recipe that takes only 45 minutes to prepare and only a few simple ingredients that you can always find at home.
15. Mac and Cheese with Egg
Trisha Dawn Kilpatrick from Trisha Dishes also has a Mac and Cheese recipe that has scrambled eggs for added taste. You can make this recipe in a slow cooker.
16. Ultimate Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese
If you are a firm believer of “Old is Gold”, you are definitely going to love this classic Mac and Cheese recipe. It is cooked with three types of cheese as well as a hint of Italian seasoning.
Check out Kirstin Cooking for the whole recipe.
17. Easy Skillet Macaroni and Cheese
Christina Tattory from Run Lift and Eat has a simple Mac and Cheese recipe that you can cook in a skillet. She adds a little bit of paprika, ground mustard, red pepper flakes and dried parsley to it for some added taste.
18. Chicken Meatball Mac
Shenna Jones adds some crunchy chicken meatballs to her Mac and Cheese, making it true comfort food that you’ll definitely love to try.
Check out Dude that Cookz for the whole recipe.
19. Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli
If you are trying to get your kids to eat their broccoli, this is a delicious Mac and Cheese recipe by Mariel Sunday Wangsgard from Or So She Says. She adds plenty of evaporated milk, a little mustard and a hint of paprika to disguise the broccoli, and it tastes splendid.
20. Taco Macaroni Bake
What happens when you are craving both some tangy tacos and a bowl of creamy Mac and Cheese? You mix them both to get an amazing dinner recipe that all members of your family are going to love.
Check out Tricia Mauney Flake’s recipe at The Country Chic Cottage.
21. Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe
Making Mac and Cheese in an Instant Pot makes the whole process extremely easy. This classic dish takes only 15 minutes to cook with the most basic ingredients available on hand if you follow Monica Kelly Parlee’s recipe on Older Mommy Still Yummy.
22. Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Kim Ritter from Two Kids and a Coupon has an easy Macaroni and Cheese recipe where she uses store-bought elbow macaroni, plenty of butter, milk and some bread crumbs for added crunch.
23. Italian Sausage Macaroni and Cheese Casserole Recipe
Turning your classic Mac and Cheese recipe into an elegant casserole doesn’t take much time and effort. You just put in a chunk of Italian sausage into the recipe, add a few tomato cubes, top it with some cheese and bake.
Check out Eating on a Dime for more!
24. Mac and Cheese Poutine
If you love Mac and Cheese for your dinner but are still looking for a new recipe, here’s something different to try: Mac and Cheese Poutine. It has the creaminess of the Mac and Cheese recipe, the crunch of the fries and an added bonus of tangy cheese curd.
Check out the whole recipe at My Organized Chaos.
25. The Best Macaroni and Cheese
Tammi Roy from My Organized Chaos sure loves her Mac and Cheese. Here’s another classic recipe from her where she cooks the pasta as per the original method and then bakes it with plenty of cheese on top.
26. Perfect Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese
This recipe from Marianne Lindley Rogers has a certain Southern twist to it. She adds two types of Cheddar Cheese to it, as well as a hint of white pepper and cayenne pepper before baking the whole thing for about 30 minutes.
Check out Marianne’s recipe at Basil and Bubbly.
27. Salsa Verde Mac and Cheese
Karly Claire Gomez from A Simple Pantry adds a cup of Pace® Salsa to her Mac and Cheese recipe, which makes this classic dish absolutely delicious. What a brilliant idea!
28. Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
If you love pumpkin, you are definitely going to love this Mac and Cheese recipe that uses a large amount of pumpkin puree. Check out We are Not Martha for this surprising recipe!
29. Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese Idea
It seems to me that most moms out there prefer to cook their Mac and Cheese in an Instant Pot, and I get why! It’s so easy to manage with the least amount of trouble.
You can try out Kim’s easy Mac and Cheese recipe here at Kimspired DIY.
30. Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
You can follow this easy Mac and Cheese recipe from An Italian in my Kitchen that you can cook under 35 minutes on your stovetop.
31. Vegan Mac and Cheese Sauce
This is a 100% vegan Mac and Cheese recipe by Emese Maczko from My Pure Plants that use sunflower seeds, plenty of vegetables and even a little yeast.
32. Homemade Creamy Baked Pancetta Macaroni
Rosemary Malloy from My Italian Kitchen has another creamy recipe you might like to try. She added sautéed mushrooms, cream and bacon bits to it, and made it even more hearty!
33. The Ultimate Vegan Mac and Cheese
This is another awesome vegan Mac and Cheese recipe that uses cashew nuts (or macadamia nuts) for an extra richness that you won’t find in most other recipes.
Check out Amazing Ackee for the whole recipe.
34. Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese
Michelle from The Gracious Wife makes her Mac and Cheese into Sloppy Joes, with liberal amounts of ground beef, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, and mustard.
35. Swedish Meatball Mac and Cheese
Everything tastes better when you add some Swedish meatballs to them. Try out this recipe where The Gracious Wife Michelle has experimented with a new ingredient to improve her Mac and Cheese recipe.
36. Creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Jyoti Rajesh from Curry Trail swears her Mac and Cheese is “extra creamy”, as she uses especially pungent cheeses like Gruyere, Fontina, Swiss, Gorgonzola and Gouda, and cooks everything in an instant pot.
37. Mom’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Tracy Freeman Harrelson has reinvented the Mac and Cheese recipe of her childhood, just like her mother used to make for her.
I’m sure you are going to love this classic baked Mac and Cheese recipe from The Kitchen in my Playground.
38. Creamy Garlic Pasta
Alli Doubek from Dancing Through the Rain throws in a few cloves of minced garlic in her pasta dish, together with some garlic powder and chicken broth. The end result is hearty and creamy!
39. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
If you want a low-carb Mac and Cheese recipe, this one is the best substitute one you can find. Lisa Brown from Low Carb Yum substitutes cauliflower florals for pasta, and heaps in Cheddar cheese and heavy cream.
40. Buffalo Mac and Cheese
This is a surprising recipe by Meghan Yager for Foodal.com where she uses two different kinds of cheeses, cream, and butter to cook her Mac and Cheese, and then bakes it in a giant casserole dish.
41. Low Carb Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Recipe
This is another low carb recipe where you can substitute cauliflower florals for pasta, but make it delicious by roasting her main ingredient and adding Keto Cheese sauce. You can do the same thing with broccoli florals, as well.
Check out Megan Kemf’s Wholesome Yum for the whole recipe and more Low-carb ideas.
42. Cheesiest Mac and Cheese with Crispy Bacon Bits
Lorna Kring from has contributed a “cheesiest” Mac and Cheese recipe to Foodal.com. Her recipe has a sprinkle of crispy bacon bits, a handful of Cheddar and Asiago, with a creamy sauce.
43. Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Ham
What happens when you bake a cheesy Mac and Cheese with ham? Something wonderful for dinner, of course!
Check out Who Needs a Cape? for this recipe by Lori Vachon.
44. Silky Vegan Mac and Cheese
The name does sound pretty exotic. Elena Szeliga made her classic Mac and Cheese recipe “silky” by adding plain almond-milk yogurt, which is a dairy-free alternative. Try out her recipe at Happy Kitchen.
45. Quinoa Mac and Cheese
This is a “Mac and Cheese” recipe that uses healthy quinoa instead, with chicken/vegetable broth and Cheddar & Colby Cheese. For added nutritional value, you can add some chopped broccoli, spinach or bell pepper to it, just like Wendy Polisi did.
46. The Ultimate Veggie Mac and Cheese Recipe
However, if you don’t want to substitute your Macaroni for anything, here is another recipe by Wendy Polisi that uses an assortment of vegetables in it, i.e. shredded carrots, broccoli, baby peas, tomatoes, and sautéed spinach.
47. Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
Erin Amundsen from Bottom Left of the Mitten adds pulled pork drizzled with BBQ Sauce in her Mac and Cheese recipe, with some spicy Jalapenos and red onions. Probably better as a dinner idea for the adults!
48. Brown Butter Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese
This is a Mac and Cheese recipe that uses roasted garlic, dried parsley and bread crumbs baked together with other ingredients. Check out Jazzmine Woodard from Dash of Jazz for the whole recipe.
49. Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Mother of 4, Laura Kelly Walters, bakes her Mac and Cheese with crumbled butter crackers and tomato slices on the top. Check out her recipe at Me and My Inklings.
50. Swiss Macaroni and Cheese with Applesauce
This is a classic Mac and Cheese recipe from Switzerland by Thanh Berthou, where she uses applesauce, crispy bacon bits, fried onions, and boiled potatoes. A mouthwatering recipe from Eat Little Bird.
51. Cauliflower Mac ‘N Cheese
It seems like a lot of cooks out there prefer to substitute cauliflower florals for pasta, Gwynn Galvin from Swirls of Flavor being one of them.
52. Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Kristi Corrigan from The Classy Chapter also cooks her Mac and Cheese in an Instant Pot with just some basic ingredients in a matter of minutes.
53. Vegan White Bean Mac and Cheese Recipe
This elegant Mac and Cheese recipe use a blend of almond milk, corn flour, white beans, vinegar, and miso. Find out more about this vegan recipe at Rhian’s Recipes.
54. Black Truffle Mac and Cheese
This recipe from Bacon is Magic is from Canada and uses black truffles, a special sauce known as Mornay Sauce, cooked pancetta and Comte cheese.
55. Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese
Amy Fulwood from The Cook Report adds peeled and finely diced sweet potatoes to macaroni, butter, flour, and milk, as well as a little Dijon mustard and Cheddar cheese.
56. Instant Pot Hamburger Mac and Cheese
This recipe takes only 30 minutes to cook in an Instant Pot, with a blend of ground cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Check out Salt and Lavender for more.
57. Mac ‘N Cheese Recipe with Sausage and Artichokes
Maura White from Happy Deal Happy Day cooks her Mac ‘N Cheese with a special ingredient: Condensed Cheddar cheese soup. She also adds her favorite chicken sausages and artichoke hearts to it.
58. Brisket Mac and Cheese
This recipe from Dude that Cookz combines Mac and Cheese with chicken stock, Cheddar cheese and Cheddar Jack Mix, heavy cream and pre-cooked Brisket. Spicy and creamy – the perfect combination.
59. Keto Mac and Cheese with Pulled Pork
Lisa Brown from Low Carb Yum has another healthy Mac and Cheese recipe with low-carb; she combines pulled pork and cauliflower florals with creamy cheese sauce for a great recipe.
60. Microwave Gluten-free Vegan Mac and Cheese
This Mac and Cheese recipe is one that you can cook easily in a bowl in the microwave oven, with only some of the most basic ingredients needed. Get this quick fix recipe from Strength and Sunshine.
61. Fontina Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
This is a Mac and Cheese recipe filled with yummy goodness, made with ziti pasta, whipped cream, a pinch of nutmeg, cream cheese, diced tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs. Check out Mama’s Geeky for the recipe.
62. Slow Cooker Crock Pot Mexican Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Tammilee Anderson from Tammilee Tips has another amazing Mac and Cheese recipe with a Mexican twist that you can cook in a Crock Pot. As a treat, she uses both green chili and chili powder, and diced tomatoes in it.
63. Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese
This recipe by Laura Sandford from Joy, Food, Sunshine is easy, healthy and tasty. This is not exactly pasta, but a healthier option – spaghetti squash, that she is using in this recipe.
There you have it! 60+ of the best Mac and Cheese recipes off the internet. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve tried most of these recipes and loved them all, and we are looking forward to trying the other ones. If you too, like my family, love Mac and Cheese, you now have 60+ ways of making it.
Tell us which one(s) you loved most. Do you have a special mac and cheese recipe you want to share?
Emese @ My Pure Plants says
I would never have guessed that there are more than 60 ways to make mac and cheese. Awesome list! Thanks for including mine.
Nancy at Whispered Inspirations says
OMG, what an amazing list. Seriously, you compiled such a great, cheesy list of goodness. Bookmarked! Thanks so much!
Tiffany @ This Mommy Tries says
I love Mac and Cheese!!! Being a mac and cheese addict I now feel it is my duty to try this entire list!
This post is the best I am literally sat now eating Mac and cheese for my lunch!
Jasmine Hewitt says
this has to be the largest mac n cheese roundup ever! something for everyone!
Kisha Stewart-Harris says
Mac n Cheese is probably one of the most celebrated comfort food in America with so many unique ways to make the recipe your own. For holidays, we usually do a baked version, but my kids especially love a quick, creamy stovetop version on a rainy day. Panera bread and whole foods also have versions that I love!
Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog says
Mac and Cheese Soup?! That’s crazy – we’d love to give that one a try!
I love how versatile this dish is…loving all these suggestions and ideas. Yum!
Kalyan Panja says
I have a fascination with mac and cheese dishes and would love to prepare the recipes one by one soon.
Alexandra Cook says
Mav and cheese and curry sounds like a great combination. I would love to give it a try.
Angie Scheie says
Wow! This is the mother load of macaroni and cheese roundups! Pinning for sure!!!!
Chelle Dizon says
Oh my gosh, that’s a lot of mac and cheese compilation! We have our own mac and cheese recipe that is easy and simple to make. I also like the version of Mac and cheese with Jalapeño, or with the cauliflower or broccoli.
This is Mac and Cheese heaven right here. Thank you soooooo much for the info, love it.
Beth Pierce says
Thank you for including a keto recipe for mac and cheese! It’s great to be able to enjoy one of my favorite dishes and not throw me off my diet!
I love the compilation of Mac and Cheese recipes, this is a perfect list! Pinning it for future reference. Thank you for sharing.
Sara Welch says
I’m so glad I saw your post! I love mac and cheese any way I can get it; it’s the best comfort food!
Who knew there were so many ways to make Mac and Cheese! Will definitely be trying out a few of these to break out of my Velvetta rut. Thanks!
Wow, great list and I would try the bacon version as bacon is my favorite. I hope it turn out good and my family love it.
Surekha Busa says
Wow, I never knew that there are plenty of different ways to cook Mac and Cheese. I haven’t try almost all of this cuz I just stick to the basic. Maybe I could try one of this to make something different.
Whoa – awesome! I will have to try the curry version for my husband, and I’m intrigued by the pumpkin 🙂
Melissa Dixon says
Ooh how fun would it be to go to a mac n cheese cook-off? I would love to try each and every one of these and I may do that over time. Thanks for rounding all of these recipes up, how awesome!
Catherine Santiago Jose says
I knew that there’s a lot of mac and cheese recipe available all over the world wide web and I think all of them are so delicious!
Yeah Lifestyle says
Mac & cheese is one of our favourite family meals but it can be difficult to know what to do to make it a little different each time. Definitely going to bookmark this so we can enjoy our favourite dish in a variety of ways
Didn’t know they were so many recipes, gonna give them a try !
Rhonda Albom says
Holy cow, somebody loves mac and cheese. Dare I admit, I like it from the box. But I have never had some of these interesting combos. I love the idea of adding veggies to it.
Yummy! I will be trying some of these. My kids love mac and cheese and so do I! 😀
oh man, mac n cheese is one of my top favorite foods. wonder how long it would take me to work through this list…
Bless you for this!! This is my kinda bucket list!
This is just about the best post ever haha. I love me a good vegan mac and cheese!!
Kim Wetherall says
OMG-I’m in the middle of a 66hr fast-this was def not the blog to read! I soooooo want mac & cheese now!
Can’t wait to try out some of these….
Mama Maggie's Kitchen says
Wow! These mac and Cheese recipes look sooooo delicious. Wish I could try them all!
wander women abroad says
who knew there were so many types of mac and cheese?! im in heaven
Katie Davies says
Wow wow wow I never knew there were so many variations of mac n cheese! Il have to give some of these a try
I HATE mac n cheese, but my partner and boys LOVE IT! He would Flip if I made jalapenos mac and cheese. Thanks for the inspo!
We’ve tried like half of these lol we love man & cheese in my home!
This is literally the best post ever! Thank you for your hard work with finding all of these recipes because this is what I’m going to make for a month! Hahaha
Love this post, so many ideas! I already check the Asparagus one as it sounded intriguing but now I can’t wait to cook it! Thanks for gathering all of these 😉
Mac and cheese is LIFE!!