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22 Tasty Twists on Everyday Mac and Cheese

We adore mac and cheese in our house. I mean, who doesn’t? All that creamy goodness in one bowl is the ultimate comfort food. One of my personal favorite things about mac and cheese is how adaptable it is. There are SO many different ways to tweak it. You can make it with regular cheddar, stir in bacon, or add just about any kind of meat or fish. I love the different ideas and twists I find all over the internet. A quick Google search and you can find hundreds of different ways to make everyday mac and cheese uniquely suited to your taste. The possibilities are endless! Here are a few of our favorite recipes. Not only are they amazingly tasty, they are easy enough to whip up any day of the week.

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    22 Tasty Twists on Everyday Mac & Cheese

    If you like mac and cheese but love to change it up here are 22 delicious ways to do it!

  • Creamy Goat Cheese Mac and Cheese 2 of 23
    Goat Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

    Goat cheese adds a delicious, creamy tang to a mac and cheese casserole. You will love the new twist to your every day favorite!

    Photo: iStock

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    bacon mac and cheese

    There is nothing quite like salty bacon to take your favorite casserole right over the top. Be sure to add some to make a delicious crunchy topping, too!

    Photo: iStock

  • Lightened Up Mac & Cheese 4 of 23
    lightened up macaroni and cheese

    A delicious mac and cheese dinner doesn't have to be crazy heavy. Here are some simple twists you can take to make it super healthy for dinner tonight!

    Photo: iStock

  • Spicy Mac & Cheese 5 of 23
    spicy macaroni and cheese

    Do you know that a pinch of cayenne pepper can take regular mac and cheese right over the top? This delicious recipe is perfect for a fresh new twist on your favorite meal!

    Photo: iStock

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    Spinach Mac n Cheese

    Lori of Recipe Girl came up with a great way to add greens to her mac and cheese. It is still ooey, gooey and delicious - plus it has a healthy dose of spinach!

    Photo: Lori of Recipe Girl

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    Mac and Cheese Soup @createdbydiane

    This delicious soup tastes just like mac and cheese! It is a great way to add a new twist to everyone's favorite dinner and is especially delish on cold winter nights.

    Photo: Created by Diane

  • Pumpkin Mac & Cheese 8 of 23
    Pumpkin-Cheese-Pasta-Marla-Meridith-IMG_6040.1

    Marla makes a mean mac and cheese in a skillet and she adds a fabulous fall twist: pumpkin! Make this rich family meal for your family this fall, it is perfect for a busy school night.

    Photo: Marla Meredith of Family Fresh Cooking

  • Three Cheese Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese 9 of 23
    Three-Cheese-Jalapeno-Popper-Macn-Cheese-www.budgetgourmetmom

    Who doesn't a love a little spice with their Mac & Cheese? Krista takes hers right over the top with these amazing three cheese jalapeno popper mac and cheese recipe!

    Photo: Budget Gourmet Mom

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    Fried mac and cheese balls

    Leave it to Marc to take a childhood favorite and make it even better. Make these amazing homemade fried mac and cheese balls when you are in the mood for a special mac-and-cheesey treat. Your family will love you for it!

    Photo: Marc of No Recipes

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    Gluten Free Mac & Cheese

    Phoebe eats gluten-free, but that doesn't deter her from making delicious mac and cheese. This easy cheesy dish comes with the perfect gluten-free twist that everyone, gluten-free or not, will love!

    Photo: Phoebe Lapine

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    Mac and Cheese with Marinara

    Enhance your mac and cheese with a smooth layer of marinara sauce! It gives it a little Italian flair everyone will enjoy.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Crab Mac & Cheese 13 of 23
    Crab Mac and Cheese

    Give mac and cheese a seafood twist like Diane did by adding delicious fresh crab meat. It will give your casserole a healthy boost and fun seafood flavor.

    Photo: Created by Diane

  • Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese 14 of 23
    Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

    Maria of Two Peas in Their Pod makes her mac and cheese even creamier and richer with the addition of butternut squash. This healthy boost is a tasty twist everyone will love!

    Photo: Maria of Two Peas in Their Pod

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    Lobster Mac & CHeese

    Jaden shows us how we can all enjoy our favorite seafood with an amazing lobster mac and cheese recipe. She always knows how to make the most decadent dishes easy to make at home!

    Photo: Jaden of Steamy Kitchen

  • Basil Ricotta Mac & Cheese 16 of 23
    Basil Ricotta Mac and Cheese

    For a lighter twist on mac and cheese try this beautiful recipe that calls for fresh ricotta and fresh basil. It is a healthy twist that is easy to throw together on any given weeknight.

    Photo: Framed Cooks

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    Shrimp Mac & Cheese

    This delicious mac and cheese is served up cajun-style with the addition of succulent shrimp! It makes mac and cheese a little fancier but still perfect for an everyday dinner!

    Photo: Brown Eyed Baker

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    Crispy Baking Sheet Mac & Cheese

    This awesome mac and cheese is baked on a sheet pan for a textural twist. There is barely any soft underbelly and the whole thing tastes like a crunchy mac and cheese topping!

    Photo: Sarah Shatz for Food52

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    creamy cauliflower mac and cheese

    One Hungry Mama gets it right with this amazing mac and cheese with a creamy sauce. The twist? A generous dose of pureed cauliflower. Parents will love the healthy twist and the kids will never know!

    Photo: Stacie Billis of One Hungry Mama

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    Macaroni & Cheese with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

    This amazing bowl of mac and cheese goodness is punched up with the addition of caramelized onions and salty bacon!

    Photo: Julia's Album

  • Creamy Tomato Mac & Cheese 21 of 23
    Creamy Tomato Mac and Cheese

    This gorgeous creamy tomato mac and cheese is just the thing for a terrific weeknight meal. Everyone will love how rich it and satisfying it is, and you will love the extra boost of nutrition from the tomatoes.

    Photo: Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life

  • Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese 22 of 23
    Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese

    Everyone will go wild for the mac and cheese that tastes just like pepperoni pizza!

    Photo: Jenny of Picky Palate

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    Macaroni and Cheese Ball Bites

    This unbelievably good macaroni and cheese balls are full of rich creamy pasta. You won't believe how easy to they are to make - and they are even easier to eat!

    Photo: The Gunny Sack

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