Indulge Your Love For Cheese With These Mac And Cheese Recipes

Is there such a thing as too much cheese?

If you're addicted to cheese, there's no need to be not shy about it. Whether it’s your average processed milk product or a fancy aged slice, cheese on its own or added to a dish can make it phenomenal. We have to say though, that one of the best ways to enjoy cheese is with pasta. There’s a reason why mac and cheese will always be popular with kids and kids-at-heart. 

So many good things come together in that one cohesive bowl of goodness. It’s usually a combination of different cheeses—which means you get twice, thrice, or quadruple the goodness. You can get a fine, stretchy mozzarella, with sharp, tangy cheddar, with a fluffy ricotta, and unique-tasting Gorgonzola all together in one bowl if you wanted. Then, pasta comes in as the blank canvas to meld all those gorgeous flavors of cheese. What more could you want?

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It’s no surprise that we’ve got many different cheesy pasta recipes to enjoy your mac and cheese: from a seafood version to a Filipinized recipe and from a dairy-free and vegetarian recipe to a revamped instant packet. We’re sure you’ll find your perfect recipe on this list.

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1 Fried Mac and Cheese Balls Recipe

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Who doesn’t love a wonderfully baked mac and cheese—especially the extra cheesy, bubbly, and crunchy edges! That, of course, means that some people digging into that mac and cheese aren’t going to have those perfect bites. There’s a way to fix that, though: portion, coat in breadcrumbs, and deep fry them! Now everyone can have the perfect bite. Be sure to serve it with the marinara sauce which will cut through the richness so those flavors really shine.

Kids (and adults) will like mac n' cheese in cupcake form!

Mac and cheese can be fried into golden treats!

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This mac and cheese pasta is made even more delicious with the addition of crab.
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2 Crab Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Mac and cheese isn’t just the favorite dish of your childhood. It can be your favorite fancy meal as an adult, too. The crab meat incorporated into this dish makes it extra special.

This mac and cheese recipe has a seafood favorite mixed into it: crab meat!

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3 Mac and Cheese with Ham Recipe

Mac and cheese make for a gooey, stretchy, creamy, and velvety mouthfeel but the contrasting texture of broccoli and the sweetness of the ham take things up a notch. The use of mushroom soup for this recipe also amps up that umami punch.

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Make mac and cheese extra fun!

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4 Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe

Are you so addicted to cheese that it’s starting to be a problem? We empathize. That’s why we’ve got this vegan mac and cheese recipe that can help you quell that craving without the use of actual cheese. You’ll be surprised with how good this recipe tastes.

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Never thought you could add squash to mac and cheese?

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5 Creamy Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe

It’s hard enough to say no cheese, and then you add bacon! This creamy concoction is what dreams are made of. Plus, it’s the perfect baon! This is especially awesome if you’ve got a microwave in your office pantry so you can enjoy the cheese at its best: all warm and melted.

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How do you make macaroni and cheese even better? Three words: Just add bacon!

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6 Chorizo and Cheese Macaroni Recipe

This mac and cheese recipe is given a Filipino twist with chorizo and queso de bola. The chorizo adds a sweetness to the salty queso de bola—a perfect balancing act.

This is a grown-up version of classic macaroni and cheese.

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7 Baked Mac and Cheese Cups

If you have no time to make mac and cheese from scratch, you can just buy instant mac and cheese and revamp it into this four-ingredient recipe.

Fancy up a quick-cook pasta like mac and cheese in just four ingredients! Here's how.

8 Luxe Mac and Cheese with Truffle Oil

A little bit of truffle oil goes a long way. It really amps up the aromatic profile of mac and cheese, so every bite releases a fragrant, earthy, and complex flavor with a heady aroma.

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This extra-rich mac and cheese is gooey, thanks to the five cheeses and truffle oil!

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9 Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese Recipe

Pulled pork—in all its hefty, salty-sweet, and barbeque glory—is the perfect combo to creamy mac and cheese. It makes every bite meatier and a little bit more satisfying. Want something similar without having to use a slow cooker for eight hours? You can try using ready-made canned barbeque pulled pork!

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We've reinvented macaroni and cheese using smoky pork chunks and a really cheesy sauce.

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Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

10 Dairy-Free Mac and Cheese Recipe

Some people weren’t born lactose intolerant but later on, develop it. If you’re one of those people and you miss good old mac and cheese, then this is a game changer. Finally, mac and cheese that’s perfectly okay for you to eat.

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Make a healthy dairy-free mac and cheese with puréed potatoes, carrots, and cashews.

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11 Stovetop Mac and Three-Cheese Recipe

Most mac and cheese recipes want you to bake it in the oven. Not this one. That’s why you can make it faster! Sure, baked mac and cheese is great, but sometimes, you have to do what you have to do when the cheese is calling and there’s no time for the oven.

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This make-ahead classic can be your go-to dish for those sudden cheesy cravings.

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12 Cacio e Pepe Recipe

Cheese is glorious, isn’t it? As much as all the frills can be great, enjoying cheese in a simple pasta dish, and just letting it shine can be just as great but without the mountainous effort. “Cacio e Pepe” which translates to “cheese and pepper” is as easy and simple but tastes as fancy as it sounds. 

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Literally, cheese and pepper, this is a grown-up version of the mac and cheese.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to start making some mac and cheese! We’re sure you’ve found one that’s perfect for you and your loved ones—even for vegetarians and lactose intolerants!

Whatever recipe you decide to cook up, just remember that as tempting as it is to finish it all on your own, you’ll be much happier to share it with someone. Don’t let your cheese addiction get the best of you! Instead, get others just as hooked on cheese as you, and you’ll be spreading some joy.

Need a cheese fix right now and those fancy cheeses are a little bit out of reach? We’ve got recipes you can make using your favorite local cheddar cheese.

Do you still have room for more cheesy recipes? Click here.

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