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19 Unique Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Baked mac and cheese is no longer just a side dish!

By: Emily Ramirez, Editor,

Macaroni and cheese isn't just for kids anymore and it doesn't come in the blue box, either. These 19 Unique Macaroni and Cheese Recipes are for people who love cheese and pasta.

These aren't your typical mac and cheese recipes, though. These are baked full of a variety of delicious cheeses, meats, and vegetables. You'll be surprised at how many different variations you can make on your favorite childhood dish.

All of these recipes are so satisfying that you can no longer call macaroni and cheese a side dish. These are the real deal meals that you've been waiting for.

Meaty Mac and Cheese Recipes

These mac and cheese recipes are chock-full of your favorite meats. From chicken to bacon to ground beef, you will find something to fall in love with. The addition of meat to macaroni and cheese means that these are full, satisfying meals. This makes your life easier because you can minimize the amount of dishes you use. Combining meat and macaroni also creates an indulgent taste that you won't be able to get enough of.

Baked Mac and Cheese from Different Countries

If you like Mexican, Italian, or Mediterranean food, these macaroni and cheese recipes are exactly what you need. Each of these dishes has a bit of extra special flavor that will take you to a different place. There's nothing better than these ethnic mac and cheese dinners because they're so unique. While you may think you know macaroni and cheese, you don't know it like this.

Wholesome Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Macaroni and cheese isn't known for being the healthiest dish out there. But, it is known for being supe flavorful. Now, with these wholesome macaroni and cheese recipes, you can have the best of both worlds! All of the recipes are lightened up or full of veggies that make macaroni and cheese better for you. You won't miss out on any flavor, though. In fact, these mac and cheese meals are bursting with tasty flavors because of all the good stuff in them.

Other Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipes

Macaroni and cheese is a great go-to dish if you're in a pinch for dinner. With these unique macaroni and cheese recipes, it becomes so much more than a quick dinner. The flavors in these dishes are fully-developed and crafted with the intention of surprising your taste buds. While some of these mac and cheese recipes are unconventional, they will most certainly become your family traditions because they're so delicious.

What's your favorite mac and cheese recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

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