Ditch the Box Mac and Cheese with These 10 Recipes

A red casserole filled with cheese macaroni.Elena Shashkina / Shutterstock

Relaxing in a hot bowl of creamy macaroni and cream cheese noodles is exceptionally comforting, especially in cold weather. We found 10 of our favorite recipes to share with you.

Whether you're in a hurry or just looking for a new way to serve this comforting dish to your family, we have something special for you.

We have something healthy, spicy and, yes, even a breakfast version of this delicious meal. So, sit down and get ready to drool, because these recipes are downright delicious!

Best Together: Creamy Macaroni with Cheese

A bowl filled with baked macaroni and cheese.The Chunky Chef

Nothing beats the simplicity of baked macaroni with cheese, which is why the Chunky Chef made at the top of our list. This recipe is as creamy and cheesy as possible and the whole family will devour it.

Make a batch this week to test it. If you have the wind in your sails, you can make it a holiday side dish.

Get the recipe: The Chunky Chef

Healthier: Mac and Cheese Cauliflower

A spoon stuck in a saucepan filled with cheese macaroni.Katie Covered with Chocolate

Is there a healthy version of macaroni and cheese? When you replace half of your macaroni elbows with cauliflower florets, yes, there is! If you replace carbohydrate-rich noodles with a healthy vegetable, you replace those calories with healthy, nutrient-rich calories.

Yes, there is still cheese and milk, but seriously, it's macaroni cheese. If you have dietary restrictions and this recipe meets your requirements, try this appetizing and nutritious restitution.

Get the recipe: Katie Covered with Chocolate

Best Gourmet: Macaroni with Cheese

A bowl of creamy lobster mac and cheese.Food network

Subtly sweet and fresh lobster added to a homemade potato macaroni pot is a spectacular and elegant meal. If you want to show someone how much you like it, this dish is perfect!

Fresh lobster may not be as common in your area and in this case, add cooked shrimp instead. All these ingredients create a delicious gourmet meal.

Get the recipe: Food network

Best microwave: Mac and cheese in five minutes

A cup of coffee filled with mac and five-minute cheese.Tasty

When you do not have much time and you have hungry kids screaming for lunch, it's a great alternative to the canned mac. Throw in cooked noodles in microwaveable bowl, then add milk and cheese.

Zap in the microwave for a few minutes and presto! You have a quick and easy lunch. Add a little salt and pepper for more flavor.

Get the recipe: Tasty

Best Mac Combo: Macaroni with Cheese and Pizza

A cast iron skillet filled with pizza mac and cheese next to a small bowl of mac pizza and cheese.Well floured

Pizza and cheese macaroni are two dishes that most kids love. Some do not eat anything else. So, the author of this recipe has combined the two! It's a huge success in many homes and now it's time to share that love.

Rich cheese and tomato sauces with pepperoni create a carefree dinner that your family will cherish.

Get the recipe: Well floured

Best vegetarian option: creamy Mac and cheese broccoli

A skillet full of mac broccoli and cheese.Damn Delicious

Broccoli and cheese are a popular duo, so why not add noodles? This creamy broccoli cheese macaroni contains ingredients such as minced shallot, Dijon mustard and crushed black pepper, which add to the sensational factor.

All the ingredients complement each other so you'll love the flavor dancing in your mouth.

Get the recipe: Damn Delicious

Best for meat lovers: Steak and Cheddar Mac and Cheese

A red frying pan filled with steak and mac and cheese cheddar, with a wooden spoon.Pinch of yum

If you prefer meat in your meal, we have found a good recipe for you! Steak and Cheddar Mac is one of those all-in-one meals you'll never be without. This recipe requires a few pieces of seared steak cooked in brown butter and mixed in a creamy sauce with garlic and herbs.

Of course, we can not leave aside the favorite cheddar of everyone for a real velvety meal. All you need is a glass of your favorite red wine, and you should be ready to go.

Get the recipe: Pinch of yum

Best with a kick: Jalapeno Popper Baked Mac and Cheese

A casserole garnished with Jalapeno and cheese and bacon macaroons.The Chunky Chef

Try this jalapeno and bacon macaroni recipe to add some spice. It's the perfect hybrid of two delicious dishes that many people love. Fresh jalapenos create this powder in your mouth, while bacon and cheese sauce cool things down.

Cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, American cheese and heavy cream make this meal as rich and creamy as possible. Grilled Panko breadcrumbs are the perfect crunchy filling. Trust us, you will want seconds.

Get the recipe: The Chunky Chef

Ideal for brunch: Macaroni and cheese for breakfast

A blue bowl filled with cheese macaroni and breakfast with orange juice apart.Food network

We found the ultimate brunch pot! This morning-inspired cheese macaroni is a perfect wedding for those who love breakfast.

Sausage, onion, pepper, cream and cheddar cheese are combined to form a cooked baked dish. Do not forget the crisp hash browns that dominate this late-morning masterpiece.

Take your fork and dig!

Get the recipe: Food network

Mac and cheese seafood

A pan garnished with shrimp and macaroons with cheese and crab.The blonde cook

If you are a lover of crabs and shrimp, you will be able to admire this delicious macaroni cheese recipe. The three-cheese sauce, combined with bulk crab and freshly sautéed shrimp, is the perfect mix.

Panko bread crumbs provide a perfect crunchy finish and texture. Enjoy it with a glass of white wine.

Get the recipe: The blonde cook

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