7 Favorite Mac & Cheese Recipes to Turn a Simple Side Dish Into a Delicious Meal

favorite mac and cheese recipes

We’ve all been there, in need of a quick meal to throw together before running out the door to another practice or event. Or maybe you’re just looking for something simple to whip up for the kids before you and the hubs head out on a date night! Whatever the reason, it’s helpful to have a couple of recipes on hand that don’t require much thought or preparation.

My go-to meal for these instances is Macaroni and Cheese. I always have a box of it on hand in my pantry, it’s a staple grocery store purchase every week. My kids love it (I actually love it too!), it’s simple, and you can add a variety of ingredients to turn your favorite side dish into a delicious meal. Here are my 7 favorite Mac & Cheese recipes to incorporate into your back-up meal options for the crazy days when you’re short on time, or the lazy days when you don’t feel like adulting.

Quick & Easy Mac and Cheese

Many of the ingredients in these favorite mac and cheese recipes you will have on hand, for a simple, yet satisfying throw together meal.

Taco Mac Casserole

Combine two of your favorite dishes, tacos and macaroni and cheese, into this simple and delicious casserole. Add a bit of zest and protein to an already classic dish.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese

This three-cheese macaroni bake, tossed in a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch, is sure to please the entire family!

Mac & Cheese with Ham & Broccoli

Add a bit of protein to your favorite dinner for a healthier meal with the same great cheesy taste!

Healthy Mac and Cheese

Create a creamy, yet healthy, meal for your family with these macaroni and cheese variations.

Bacon & Pea Mac & Cheese

It’s the same warm, cheesy, gooey, delicious macaroni and cheese, just healthier! Replace a few key ingredients for a protein-packed option.

Spicy Roasted Veggie Mac and Cheese

This roasted vegetable macaroni and cheese dinner is both savory and hearty. It’s comfort food for the soul.

Gourmet Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Check out these fancy, flavorful versions of an otherwise basic dish.

Parmesan Spinach Mac and Cheese

Enjoy a creamy, yet simple macaroni and cheese dish combining spinach, parmesan, and cream cheese.

Baked Squash Mac and Cheese

My mouth is watering just looking at the fall twist to this classic dish. Combining prosciutto, acorn squash, sage, and sweet onion, this mac & cheese variation is sure to satisfy.

Do you have a go-to favorite mac and cheese recipe we didn’t mention here? Please share it with us in the comments!

Written by: Amy Powell

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