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18 Ways to Make Macaroni and Cheese

I don’t have just one favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, I have a lot! I’ve tried many recipes over the years and I thought I’d share some of my favorites. I’ve got ones for the Instant Pot, stove, oven, and microwave. There are even a few twists like muffins, sandwiches and pies, too. Plus some low carb options as well! I hope you enjoy browsing the recipes and find some new ones to try.
a bowl of instant pot mac and cheese

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese | Creamy macaroni and cheese is even easier and faster with the Instant Pot. Eight servings are ready in about 20 minutes with minimal work.

Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese | For a twist, make a creamy garlic parm mac and cheese using your Instant Pot, too!

Easy Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese | For years, this was my go-to recipe – it’s so easy to make and reminds me of the boxed kind but ten times better.

overhead photo of a plate of macaroni and cheese
Baked Macaroni and Cheese | This classic baked mac and cheese has a crispy, chewy topping and creamy pasta and cheese inside.

Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese | This super creamy macaroni and cheese is flavored with garlic and parmesan cheese. It is a more grown-up version, but just as easy to make as the classic.

4-Ingredient Mac and Cheese | Four ingredients and a creative cooking method gets you a bowl of macaroni and cheese in no time!

overhead photo of low carb mac and cheese

Keto Macaroni and Cheese | If you’re eating low carb you don’t have to give up this classic comfort food dish! You can have all the cheesy goodness and still stay on track.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese | This cauliflower version is made with a creamy garlic parmesan cheese sauce. It’s a lighter but still flavorful and cheesy, so you don’t miss the pasta!

One Pot Macaroni and Cheese | This one-pot recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes. It cooks in one pot and you don’t need to drain out the water.

photo of grilled macaroni and cheese sandwich
Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Sandwich | For the ultimate mac and cheese experience make a grilled cheese sandwich! Cheesy pasta sandwiched between toasty bread will satisfy your carb craving.

Creamiest Macaroni and Cheese | If you really want to treat yourself, use heavy cream to make a rich and decadent sauce for the pasta.

Healthier Mac and Cheese | I love homemade macaroni and cheese, but you can use a boxed one and make it a little lighter with just one simple ingredient.

spoonful of microwave macaroni and cheese in a mug
Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug | If you want a single-serving that’s super easy to make just grab a mug and a few ingredients. Or try a twist with my avocado mac and cheese in a mug.

Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese | Dress up your bowl of pasta and cheese with some pulled pork for a hearty dinner. You can also use shredded BBQ chicken, too!

Mini Mac and Cheese Pies | Biscuits and mac and cheese baked up together with bacon – they look like little pies and are savory little bites.

garlic parmesan cauliflower mac and cheese
Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese | Swap pasta for cauliflower and you get a lightened-up version that still has all the cheesiness.

Zucchini Noodles Macaroni and Cheese | I love zoodles and combining them with a rich cheese sauce is a great way to make a pasta-less mac and cheese.

Macaroni and Cheese Muffins | These are a muffin-cheese-pasta mashup and a fun twist on the classic dish.

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2 comments on “18 Ways to Make Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. I have a healthy supply of macaroni in my pantry, so I’m going to make macaroni and cheese soon. The baked version is the perfect comfort food! I used to make a version for the rice cooker, but I haven’t made it since I got the fancier Asian brand.

    • I haven’t tried a rice cooker version! We’ve been eating a lot of pasta and bread these days…Hope you enjoy the baked version!

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