7 Mac & Cheese Recipes That Are Better Than Life Itself


Whether it was a staple during our childhoods or still is today, Macaroni and Cheese probably has a place in all of our culinary hearts. Yes, I mean the Kraft Mac & Cheese boxed version, but homemade versions are just as easy to make. You also may not be aware that there’s a lot of ways to spice up the old favorite—literally and figuratively.

Here are some new recipes we tried recently, and that you and your palate should, too.

1. Bacon Feta

This bacon feta recipe is my new favorite mac & cheese concoction, all because of the feta and bacon. Of course, if you’re a vegetarian, you can skip the bacon, but if you’re not—the more, the better!

2. Jalapeno

For an extra kick, this recipe not only has jalapenos (or mild green chiles for a bit less spice), but recommends that you use some pepper jack cheese, too. Can we say, “More, please”?

3. Spicy Cauliflower

You bake this spicy cauliflower recipe, which makes all the flavors even more pungent, I think. Aside from cauliflower, three kinds of cheese (cheddar, fontina, and butterkäse) and sautéed leeks make this mac & cheese stand out from any others you’ve tried.

4. Greek Yogurt

As you know, we’re big fans of Greek yogurt around here, so when I found this recipe that had it, it was a MUST-try. Chives liven up this recipe, as well as the Greek yogurt… which is honey-flavored. I know—honey! But it works so well to balance out the cheese. You’ll see!

5. Slow Cooker (or Crock-Pot or Instant Pot)

We love our slow cookers, Crock-Pots, and the new Instant Pot here at Simplemost, and if you’re looking for a traditional macaroni and cheese recipe—and one that you can prep before you leave for work and enjoy when you get home later—look no further than this recipe.

6. Smoked Gouda

As you’ve seen, there are all sorts of ways to make macaroni and cheese more interesting than the standard, but when you use smoked gouda, it’s a whole new experience. And this recipe calls solely for smoked gouda, no other cheeses to mix with it. (You can also use regular gouda.) It’s definitely a recipe that’ll impress your guests. Just make sure you have enough leftover for the next day!

7. Macaroni And Cheese… Pizza!

Yep, pizza! This is a kid-friendly recipe, too! For the cheese, use cheddar, mozzarella, and ricotta. Plus, you can load it up with any veggies you want—or the aforementioned bacon. On second thought, you may want to make two…

Photo by Vancouver Bites!

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About the Author
Natalia Lusinski
In addition to Simplemost, Natalia is an ongoing writer for Bustle (sex, dating, relationships, and money), HelloGiggles (pop culture and news), The Delite (feel-good stories), and Don’t Waste Your Money (yep, money issues!). You can also find her writing in the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune's RedEye, xoJane, Elite Daily, Scary Mommy, Elephant Journal, and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, among other publications. She has a Ph.D. in couch-surfing, having spent four years sleeping on over 200 L.A.-area love seats and sectionals, all in an effort to whittle down her student loan debt. She still loves couch-surfing in other cities, too (hint, hint).

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