14 Mac and Cheese Recipes That'll Make Your Other Sides Jealous
You might have grown up eating mac and cheese from that little blue box — you know the one — but now that you're older it's time to ditch the almost-instant stuff (complete with day-glow cheese) for a more sophisticated version. Here's the secret: in a world of complicated side dishes, Mac and cheese is so easy to make. Not to mention the fact that the variations are almost endless. We had a tough time choosing our favorite recipes, but we found 14 of our favorites to get you started. Now banish that blue box and let's get cooking!
Homemade cheese fondue is drizzled over dyed pasta and served up in a wild spectrum of color across your plate. Get ready to dig in and taste the rainbow. All the kiddies — big and small — will love this one. (Brit + Co)
Oh em gee — it's everyone's two faves, pizza and mac and cheese, cooked up in a single skillet. This double-delicious dish will get thumbs up from even the pickiest eaters at the table. (via Heather's French Press)
This homemade mac and cheese is made the old-fashioned way, with a floury roux-based cheese sauce. The combination of cheddar and Parrano cheese is extra tangy, and pairs just right with the lobster. Your tastebuds will thank you for your trouble. (via Amy in the Kitchen)
Everyone's childhood favorite is all grown up in this mac and cheese with bacon and caramelized onions. Elevate this dish to food-throwdown perfection by subbing prosciutto or pancetta in place of the bacon. (via Julia's Album)
This recipe is so simple, yet *so* delicious. Take your basic mac and cheese and load it up with four cheeses — cheddar, mozzarella, Havarti and Brie — then top with a fresh basil pesto and some heirloom tomato slices. It's everything you ever wanted in a mac and cheese: creamy, luscious and OH-SO-good. (via Half Baked Harvest)
Vidalia onions are spilling over at the greenmarket, and this soup takes full advantage. Everyone knows the best part of onion soup is the cheese, right? But let's up our game by adding macaroni and cheese, to turn this soup into a tasty meal that's deeply satisfying. (via Hungry Couple)
This one's for all the GF peeps in the house. This mac and cheese comes with a delectable sauce made of Greek yogurt, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese that's served over zucchini noodles. This low-carb, low-cal copycat clocks in at just 250 calories and tastes out of this world. (via Food Faith Fitness)
Okay, we promised you crazy, and this dish can bring it! Imagine an Irish colcannon with bacon, kale and potatoes in a scrumptious mash-up with a traditional mac and cheese. And if that's not outrageous enough, top it off with a crumbled mound of potato chips before serving. You'll want to bookmark this one for St. Paddy's Day. (via Half Baked Harvest)
Mac and cheese brings this grilled cheese with bacon sammy to a whole new mind-blowing level. It makes a perfect second-day lunch when you've got some leftover mac and cheese in the fridge. (via Real Food by Dad)
Because everything tastes better fried, this TGI Friday's copycat calls for homemade mac and cheese to be chilled, formed, then dipped in egg and covered in breadcrumbs before hitting the fryer. Golden brown, crusty and oozing cheesy goodness, these bites won't last a minute — so you'd better make a double batch for that next BBQ. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)
These appetizers are easy to make and bacon-anything is always a crowd pleaser. Bonus: They can be prepped ahead of time and warmed up right before serving. (via The Gunny Sack)
These poppers are stuffed with cheesy macaroni, then covered in crunchy Cheetos and doused with melted cheese. SWOON. Have some ice cold beer handy, because these things are addictive and the jalapeños pack a punch. (via Foodness Gracious)
When cooking something everyone likes seems almost impossible, here's your secret weapon! Mac and cheese and spicy Italian meatballs are stuffed inside colorful bell peppers, then bathed in savory marinara sauce. Reluctant short order cook FTW! (via Half Baked Harvest)
Perfect recipe for the veg head who would prefer to see something green on their plate. (via Two Peas & Their Pod)
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