Macaroni and cheese is one of our go-to comfort foods. It’s the remedy for a bad day at work and our treat-yourself meal when we’re dining out. There’s just something about those warm, soft layers of melted cheese that puts us at peace. And what better way to drift off to cheesy heaven on National Mac and Cheese day this July 14 than with these mouthwatering mac and cheese recipes?
If you ask us, every day is mac and cheese day. We’d eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if we could — although we’d probably get some weird looks from our kids. But if there was ever a day to eat cheesy mac for all three meals, it’d be National Mac and Cheese Day — so you know what? That’s exactly what we’re going to do.
There are so many ways to enjoy mac and cheese that you’ll never have to worry about getting sick of it. Spice up your life with buffalo mac and cheese, take your mac to go with a convenient mac and cheese donut, or opt for something healthy with a cauliflower mac and cheese dish. The kitchen is your oyster, and mac and cheese is your pearl.
Keep scrolling to see our favorite mac and cheese recipes — but be warned, you’ll want to make them all!
Mac and Cheese Pizza
Pepperoni, sausage, or mushrooms are pretty good pizza toppings. Macaroni, though? Well, macaroni is a great pizza topping — plus it's the perfect excuse to eat double the cheese. Remember when we came up with crazy food creations when we were kids? Mac and cheese pizza is like seeing our childhood fantasies realized. How can you say no to that?
Get the recipe here: Mac and Cheese Pizza
Buffalo Chicken Creamy Cheddar Mac and Cheese Casserole
Buffalo chicken is the perfect finger food for any sporting event. A little tangy, a little spicy, and a lot of yum — this buffalo chicken mac and cheese casserole is worth grabbing a fork and knife for. We won't judge if your little ones lick their plates clean with this one. Drizzle a bit of extra ranch over your piping-hot casserole and we guarantee you'll be back for seconds, and maybe even thirds.
Get the recipe here: Buffalo Chicken Creamy Cheddar Mac and Cheese Casserole
Creamy Cheddar Mac and Cheese Donuts
We'd heard of spaghetti donuts before, but mac and cheese donuts? Now that's a new one. We're not complaining, though! Now we can take our mac and cheese to go.
Get the recipe here: Creamy Cheddar Mac and Cheese Donuts
Creamy Cheddar Superfood Pesto Mac and Cheese Casserole
Pesto pasta is delicious — and when you add cheddar cheese, it's even better. This superfood dish, made with healthy olive oil and pine nuts, is a delicious alternative to regular old mac and cheese. We're seeing green, and we love it!
Get the recipe here: Creamy Cheddar Superfood Pesto Mac and Cheese Casserole
Creamy Veggie Mac and Cheese Casserole
Just like the kids, we sometimes need motivation to eat our veggies. That's why this delicious veggie-filled succotash is the key to sticking with our summer diets. You can still enjoy your mac and cheese, but with a healthy twist!
Get the recipe here: Creamy Veggie Mac and Cheese Casserole
Creamy Cauliflower Mac and Cheese With Hazelnuts
Still want the taste of mac and cheese without all the carbs? This creamy, dreamy cauliflower mac is a low-carb alternative that doesn't skimp on taste. One bite and you'll forget you're eating a vegetable.
Get the recipe here: Creamy Cauliflower Mac and Cheese With Hazelnuts