We rounded up our all-time favorite recipes, because few things are better than a bowl of homemade mac and cheese.

By Grace Elkus
Updated April 04, 2018
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Make-Ahead Mac and Cheese
Perhaps the best present you can give to yourself, make-ahead mac and cheese is one of our favorite weeknight dinner shortcuts. Make it on Sunday, and relax come Wednesday knowing a warm, comforting dinner is just a short re-heat away. Get the Recipe: Make-Ahead Mac and Cheese
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Mac and cheese is the best friend that's always there for you. That's why we've rounded up five variations, so you can dig in no matter your mood. Our southwest-inspired version is spicy and extra-crunchy thanks to taco seasoning and a layer of tortilla chips. And our herby breadcrumb-topped variety is the adult version of mac and cheese you never knew you needed. And for those of us looking to eat more veggies? We added them right into the dish for an all-in-one dinner.

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1 Kicked-Up Mac And Cheese

If you told us to top our mac and cheese with tortilla chips and taco seasoning, we'd call you crazy. But we tried it anyways and determined it was genius. Use any tortilla chip you have on hand—as long as it's crunchy and salty, it's doing its job.

Get the Recipe: Kicked-Up Mac and Cheese

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2 Decadent Mac and Cheese

If you're going to make mac and cheese from scratch, you might as well go all out. That means indulging in a super-creamy variety made with evaporated milk and six cups of freshly grated cheese. And yes, that includes American cheese: it adds irresistible gooey-ness.

Get the recipe: Decadent Mac and Cheese

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3 Make-Ahead Mac and Cheese

Perhaps the best present you can give to yourself, make-ahead mac and cheese is one of our favorite weeknight dinner shortcuts. Make it on Sunday, and relax come Wednesday knowing a warm, comforting dinner is just a short re-heat away.

Get the Recipe: Make-Ahead Mac and Cheese

Roasted Broccoli and Tomato Mac-and-Cheese
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4 Roasted Broccoli and Tomato Mac-and-Cheese

If you're looking for a healthier spin on the classic, consider this veggie-packed mac-and-cheese your new go-to. In the colder months, opt for roasted winter squash and red onion.

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Herb and English Muffin Topped Mac & Cheese
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5 Herb and English Muffin Topped Mac & Cheese

Making a breadcrumb topping out of English muffins isn't just creative—it's pure genius. Their slightly-sour flavor adds depth to the dish, and tossing them with fresh herbs and lots of black pepper makes this a grown-up spin on the kid-friendly favorite.

Get the recipe: Mac and Cheese With Herbed English Muffin Breadcrumbs