For most people, myself included, mac & cheese is a lifelong love. From the early years of life when Mom would make instant mac & cheese with pieces of hot dog in it, to my now all grown up years when I make a 5 cheese mac & cheese with pieces of bacon or ham in it… I still LOVE both. Below are ten amazing renditions on classic mac & cheese, everyone has their signature, these are just a few.
*These are in no particular order, they are all delicious!
1.) Broccoli Mac & Cheese Bake – A Broccoli Mac & Cheese bake is one of the most simple. Use a basic cheddar cheese mac & cheese bake dish and add in seasoned broccoli florets (we steam ours then add salt, pepper, and garlic powder). It’s vegetarian and kid friendly.
2.) Mac & Cheese Lasagna - The Mac & Cheese Lasagna is a great dish for dinner. Its hearty ingredients include lean ground beef, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese, and grated parmesan cheese. Then it’s baked just like normal lasagna would be baked.
3.) Basic Baked Mac & Cheese - The Baked Mac & Cheese is a simple cheddar cheese mac & cheese with a seasoned bread crumb topping. If you are in a time crunch you can use pre-made Italian bread crumbs instead of making them from scratch.
4.) Mac & Smoked Gouda Cheese - This is a twist on mac & cheese that has become a family favorite! The smoked Gouda gives it that unique flavor; mix it with a more creamy cheese like Havarti and you have a bit of ooey gooey heaven!
5.) Bacon and Blue Mac & Cheese - If you’re a bacon and blue cheese lover this will be your dream dish for you. This fabulous Mac & cheese dish is full of blue cheese in bacon toped with breadcrumbs.
6.) Mac & Cheese Casserole - The twist on this mac & cheese is it’s filled with baby peas in delicious Alfredo sauce topped with breadcrumbs. No yellow cheeses here and a bit of good sweet veggies too!
7.) Ham Mac & Cheese - This is a classic dish full of 6 difference kinds of cheese: American cheese, cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, Gouda cheese, Swiss cheese, Muenster cheese, then topped with plenty of glazed Ham.
8.) Four Cheese Mac & Cheese Bake - This four cheese mac is a decadent dish filled with the delicious flavors of Swiss, Monetary Jack, Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. These four cheeses along with sautéed garlic and onions make this a creamy dish that is to die for.
9.) Mac & Cheese with Caramelized Onions & Bacon - This rich mac & cheese casserole can be loaded full of different types of cheese and topped with crispy bacon and onion then finished off with seasoned bread crumbs. Baked mac n cheese perfection!
10.) Back to the Basics Mac & Cheese - This dish never gets old, straight out the box mac n cheese! It’s a favorite dish in my family but we put our own twist on this one by adding plenty of pepper and some Ritz crackers.
by Darius Bass
Enjoy and please share with us your favorite spin on mac n cheese!