12 Macaroni and Cheese Recipes from Applesauce Mac to Classic and Creamy

Oh, macaroni and cheese. It warms the soul in the winter, makes springtime seem brighter with the addition of fresh produce, and is even just as delicious in the summer months with a skillet recipe. Plus, it's really the perfect excuse to eat a plateful of hot, melty cheese.

It doesn't matter if you bake it, slow cook it, or do it on the stove, this dish will always be delicious. With its creamy, cheesy, ooey gooey texture, mac and cheese has the credentials to become a weekly staple at the dinner table.

However, don't get stuck in a mac and cheese rut! Keep it interesting this season and try these twelve mac and cheese recipes with a twist.

1. Classic Mac and Cheese

stovetop mac and cheese
Damn Delicious

The secret to a great macaroni and cheese is to make sure that you have the ooey gooey factor. Mac and cheese that goes into the oven wet only to come out dry and crumbly is one of the great disappointments in life.

So in order to avoid that, make sure you have a perfect recipe for all those times you get a craving and need your cheese fix right now. Get the perfect recipe here.

2. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower mac and cheese
Damn Delicious

It breaks our heart to admit it, but sometimes macaroni and cheese can just be too heavy of a dish. When that happens, but you still need some cheesy goodness in your life, maybe it's time to try a lighter version.

Cheesy, guilt-free, and secretly loaded with veggies this cauliflower mac and cheese will be your best excuse when you lose your self-control and eat the whole dish.

Get the recipe here.

3. Greek Roasted Garlic and Leek Mac and Cheese

roasted garlic mac and cheese
Adventures in Cooking

Bursting with Mediterranean flavor, you will definitely be getting up for seconds. That's okay, though, because don't they say that a Mediterranean diet is good for you?

Since clearly that is the case, help yourself to this gooey melange of Greek ingredients that includes leeks, feta, sun dried tomatoes, oregano, and spinach. Get the recipe here.

4. Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers

brie mac and cheese
Half Baked Harvest

The name may be a mouthful, but so is this dish - in a good way. With your mouth filled with four kinds of cheese and a crispy crust, you won't be able to concentrate on anything else than what is in front of you.

Get the recipe here.

5. Spicy Green Chili Mac and Cheese

green chili mac and cheese
A Spicy Perspective

Sometimes you need to spice it up. Why not do it literally by tossing some chilis into your mac and cheese? Especially with some hatch chilis mixed in, this version of cheesy goodness is sure to liven up dinnertime.

Get the recipe here.

6. Lobster Mac and Cheese

lobster mac and cheese
Foodie Crush

A classic variation on mac and cheese, adding some lobster takes this creamy comfort dish to a whole new level of decadence. Think of it as luxury comfort food.

Don't you want to make that tonight? Get the recipe here.

7. Beer Mac and Cheese

A Spicy Perspective

When is beer not good? Not only is it great to drink, but beer gives a nutty, complex flavor to whatever it is cooked with.

When you add it to macaroni and cheese and then sprinkle a little bacon on top, you will know what a match made in heaven means. Get the recipe here.

8. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

butternut squash mac and cheese
Two Peas and Their Pod

Roasted butternut squash adds a velvety texture and a fall flavor to whatever it is added to. Since fall is on the horizon, why not get a jumpstart on that #PSL trend and incorporate some butternut squash into you life.

It is basically fancy pumpkin after all. Get the recipe here.

9. Smokey Gouda Mac and Cheese

smokey-gouda-mac and cheese
The View From Great Island

There is nothing earth shattering about this mac and cheese recipe, but perhaps that is what makes it so good. It's familiar.

The only difference is that its soft smokey flavor pairs impeccably well with its crunchy baked top. Get the recipe here.

10. Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese

blue cheese mac and cheese
How Sweet It Is

The wonderful flavor of blue cheese will definitely remind you that life is good and that we are once again entering macaroni and cheese season, which is almost as good as summertime.

Get the recipe here.

11. Gruyere Bacon Mac and Cheese

gruyere bacon mac and cheese
Damn Delicious

Life is always better when bacon is involved. So why not load up your mac and cheese with some too? That way you can have some bacon-y goodness and balance out your carb intake with some protein.

Right? Right? Get the recipe here.

12. Applesauce Mac and Cheese with Apple Sausage

apple mac and cheese
Adventures in Cooking

Don't let the combination of flavors fool you, this recipe is delicious. Coming from a German background, this mac and cheese artfully melds the flavors of apple, pork, and cheese into a spiced dish full of comfort and happiness.

Get the recipe here.

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