Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Find 12 of Cooking Light's best macaroni and cheese recipes.

Three-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Three-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Quite possibly the ultimate comfort food, nothing can really top a good bowl of hearty macaroni and cheese. While classic cheddary options are divine, other combinations of cheeses and various ingredients can combine to make a great thing even better. Flip through this gallery to find both mainstream and unique macaroni and cheese recipes that received highest accolades from our readers.

First, try this rich and creamy three-cheese macaroni and cheese for the ultimate feel-good meal.

"If I go more than a day or two without pasta, watch out, because I get nasty," jokes one CookingLight.com user. Other users admit hankering for high-quality cheese. Keep a close eye on the flour while it cooks so it doesn't burn. For a weeknight supper, bake the macaroni in an 8-inch square baking dish for 35 minutes.

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Stovetop Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Stovetop Mac and Cheese

We thicken the sauce with flour so that low-fat milk works well in this application of tried and true stovetop mac and cheese.

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Truffled Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Truffled Mac and Cheese

White truffle oil has an intense earthy flavor that wakes up ordinary mac and cheese. We also get extra flavor by steeping the milk with onion and bay leaf.

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Bacon, Ranch, and Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Bacon, Ranch, and Chicken Mac and Cheese

Dress up your macaroni and cheese with applewood-smoked bacon, chicken, and Ranch dressing-inspired seasonings for a delicious twist on this classic dish.

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Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese

This classic macaroni and cheese recipe has been updated for heightened flavor with the addition of Gouda and Parmesan cheeses and fresh spinach.

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Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes Recipe

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Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes

Tomatoes add a healthy dose of lycopene as well as juicy texture and flavor to the warm cheesiness of the traditional stove-top cooked mac and cheese.

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Creamy, Light Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Creamy, Light Macaroni and Cheese

Our favorite thing to do is take your favorite recipes and make them even better by cutting fat and calories, but not sacrificing taste or flavor. That's exactly what we've done with our Creamy, Light Macaroni and Cheese. You'll enjoy it just as much, if not more than, the full-fat version.

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Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese

This macaroni and cheese is a favorite of ours because it is incredibly tasty and easy to prepare. You don't even have to make a white sauce for this creamy dish. The acidic tomatoes counter the richness of the cheeses.

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Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Stovetop Sausage Mac and Cheese

A quick and easy pasta toss combines three types of cheese, plus sausage, for creamy yet hearty texture and flavor. For a more colorful version, stir in spinach.

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Steak House Side Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Steak House Side Mac and Cheese

Classic steak house side dishes of creamed spinach, sautéed mushrooms, and blue cheese dressing come together for an intense and enticing new variety of macaroni and cheese.

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Bacon Mac Recipe

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Bacon Mac

Sure to gather rave reviews from kids and adults alike, this family-friendly one-dish meal gets its richness from sharp cheddar cheese, which mellows the heat from the hot sauce.

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Creamy Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Creamy Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese

Mustard, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce add some zip to the usual creamy and comforting mac and cheese texture. Try making the stove-top dish with any short pasta, such as fusilli, farfalle, or cavatappi, or experiment with different cheeses.

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