Craving some fancy mac and cheese vibes? Buckle up because we’re about to shake up your mac & cheese game with some seriously cool twists. We’re talking fancy gourmet stuff and wholesome, veggie-packed goodness. These recipes are the real deal, making you want another round ASAP. Get ready to witness the makeover of your classic comfort food into a mouthwatering masterpiece that’ll cover all your cravings. It’s mac and cheese, but like, on a whole new level!
Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Pancetta
Take standard mac and cheese to inspire new heights with this smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta recipe. Elbow noodles pair up with gouda cheese, white cheddar, garlic, pancetta or bacon, shallots, and more, to create this seriously impressive dish.
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Instant Pot Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Do you ever find creamy pasta dishes can work you up into a frenzy? Whether or not you have Italian blood running through your veins, you might still be crazy for all kinds of wonderful pasta dishes. Especially comfort food pasta like this Instant Pot creamy macaroni and cheese.
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One Pot Taco Macaroni and Cheese
Can’t decide between mac and cheese and tacos? Enjoy the best of both worlds with this taco macaroni and cheese. It’s a one-pot, Dutch oven 30-minute meal boasting both Mexican and Italian flavors in every mouthful. It makes satisfying comfort food and is a perfect meal for the cooler months when you are craving something hearty and warm.
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Mac & Beer Cheese in a Mini Pretzel Bowl
Can you think of a better comfort food than mac & beer cheese in a mini pretzel bowl? This Oktoberfest, Super Bowl or game day appetizer using mini pretzel rolls and a beer cheese sauce for macaroni is every bit as tasty as it sounds. This mini pretzel bread bowl recipe with a panko pretzel topping is an autumn favorite.
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Cheesiest Bowtie Mac and Cheese
A delicious bowtie pasta mac and cheese recipe that will pair easily with your favorite main dishes.
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Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Baked Macaroni and Cheese made with “extra” cheese is that creamy goodness that you’ve been craving. Perfect size to indulge, or big enough to share!
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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Muffin Cups
I love a good homemade macaroni and cheese recipe, and this homemade macaroni and cheese muffin cup dish takes this old-fashioned mac and cheese to the next level. You are in for a treat if you have never had a macaroni and cheese muffin cup.
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Baked Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower
This Baked Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower combines the creamy, cheesy mac and cheese flavor with the extra cauliflower nutrients. A delicious and healthy twist on everyone’s favorite comfort meal!
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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
There is no debating the inherent comfort of mac and cheese: warm, creamy, cheesy goodness clinging to tender pasta – does it get any better?! This pumpkin mac and cheese is a seasonal twist on an old classic and is loaded with pumpkin and spinach.
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Chorizo Mac and Cheese with Broccoli
Broccoli and chorizo mac and cheese is an easy stovetop macaroni and cheese recipe made with delicious chorizo, lots of steamed broccoli, and a creamy cheese sauce. You’ll love this easy, family-friendly meal!
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Mac and Cheese with Kale
This 20-minute stovetop Mac and Cheese with Kale is a healthy whole-grain vegetarian dinner that the whole family will devour!
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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
This cheesy, hearty butternut squash mac and cheese is the perfect blend of tender pasta, gooey cheeses, and butternut squash! It is perfect for a cozy comfort food meal, for Thanksgiving, or just when looking for new and exciting ways to incorporate butternut squash into your dinnertime menu.
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Spinach Ricotta Mac & Cheese
This creamy, delicious, and easy-to-make Spinach Ricotta Mac and cheese is completely life-changing! Made with wholesome spinach, creamy ricotta, shredded cheddar and mozzarella, and large elbows, this is a pasta recipe that the entire family will love. Put this mac & cheese recipe together in 30 minutes or less for an easy, comforting, next-level dinner!
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Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash
Craving the flavors of fall? This comforting Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe is perfect as a festive autumn-inspired main or side dish that everyone will love. Rich, creamy, and delicious!
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Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Mac and Cheese
This healthy Quinoa Mac and Cheese is filled with broccoli, spinach and plenty of cheddar cheese, and the majority of it can be prepped ahead of time. It’s a delicious vegetarian and gluten free dinner recipe that the whole family will gobble up!
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Truffle Mac and Cheese
This cheesy Truffle Mac and Cheese can be made in one skillet and in under 30 minutes. It combines white truffle oil, mushrooms and gruyere cheese for a super tasty variation on traditional macaroni and cheese.
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Pepperoni Mac and Cheese Skillet
Two classic childhood favorites come together in this cheesy, gooey, pepperoni-topped and noodle-filled baked skillet. Ready in just 30 minutes, this easy Pepperoni Mac and Cheese Skillet Recipe is guaranteed to have your kids begging for more!
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Creamy Cowboy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
This Creamy Cowboy Mac is the very definition of comfort food thanks to three different cheeses, sweet corn, salty pancetta, and a surprise cornbread crisp topping.
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Lobster Mac and Cheese with Speck and Spinach
Lobster mac and cheese is comfort food at its finest! With buttery lobster meat mixed with cheese, crisp speck, and fresh spinach.
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Caramelized Onion Apple Mac And Cheese
Sounds a little outrageous but it’s a pretty epic combo for a mac and cheese. Totally creamy and cheesy with the most perfect crispy edges thanks to finishing it off in the oven and using panko crumbs over top that get extra crispy and ones that stay extra crispy.
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Southwestern Mac and Cheese
My kids are crazy and don’t like any form of mac and cheese. This post is about this tasty Southwestern Mac and Cheese recipe that I love and that I eat all by myself.
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White Cheddar Mac and Cheese (with Kale and Bacon!)
This Baked White Cheddar Mac n Cheese with Kale and Bacon is pure comfort food. The macaroni noodles are coated in a creamy cheese sauce that is loaded with sharp white cheddar cheese and fresh parmesan.Chopped kale, bacon, and a crunchy garlicky breadcrumb topping are added to round out this delicious baked mac and cheese recipe.
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Jalapeño Bacon Mac n Cheese
Jalapeño Bacon Mac n Cheese is loaded with poblano peppers, jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, and of course lots of bacon!
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One Pot Spicy Mac and Cheese
This easy one pot mac and cheese is loaded with spicy ‘nduja paste to make a supercharged, gooey, saucy mac and cheese with no need to make a roux, no butter and no flour. Just add everything into a pot and let the magical pasta starch do all the heavy lifting.
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Wild Garlic Macaroni Cheese
A creamy, warming bowl of macaroni cheese has to be the ultimate in delicious comfort food, and this wild garlic mac and cheese gives the much-loved classic a seasonal spring twist. Add a crispy garlicky pangrattato topping for a very special (and easy) meal.
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Karen Kelly, a food and travel writer, is the founder of Seasonal Cravings. She is also a health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the AP Wire and MSN.