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Best ever macaroni cheese recipes

Try one of our best ever macaroni cheese recipes. Pick from our favourite versions of this classic American comfort food, including slow-cooked beef shin macaroni, Hawksmoor's macaroni cheese and smoky mac 'n' cheese fondue, or even our mix and match mac 'n' cheese bar to create your own macaroni cheese party! You can thank us later :-)

Everyone loves mac n cheese! Check out our easy mac and cheese recipes and watch all your friends and family run to the table. We have recipes for perfectly creamy mac and cheese, from vegetarian mac and cheese to easy baked macaroni and cheese with rich beef ragu. We even have a fun idea for a mix and match bar for easy entertaining. Make your favourite macaroni and cheese recipe from the list below. Or, if you’re in the mood for cheese, check out our best cheese recipes in the world here.

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Mac and cheese with rich beef ragu

We’ve reinvented a classic macaroni cheese dish by adding a hidden layer of rich beef ragu to this recipe to make it really special and indulgent. For more ragu recipes, click here. Looking for comfort food? Find our best recipes here.

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Macaroni cheese with greens

This easy baked mac and cheese recipe is super creamy and indulgent, what’s more it’s vegetarian. This recipe comes from Marcus Samuelsson of Shoreditch’s Red Rooster restaurant (check out our full menu here).

Macaroni and Cheese With Greens Recipe

Mix and match mac and cheese bar

Put the mac ‘n’ cheese out with a serving spoon then put the toppings in little bowls and let everyone add their own. You’ll need to use your biggest baking dish for this or split it between 2 smaller ones. Our other crowd pleaser recipes are here, check them out.

Mix and match mac 'n' cheese bar

Courgette mac and cheese with garlic sourdough crumbs

In the US, mac and cheese often, on a menu, has its own heading with a choice of flavourings. Courgette and garlicky crumbs get our vote. This recipe is easy but super comforting. Looking for more courgette ideas? Here’s our guide to courgette and courgetti.

Courgette Mac And Cheese Recipe With Garlic Sourdough Crumbs

Beef shin macaroni and cheese

This epic slow-cooked beef dish comes from legendary London steak house, Hawksmoor. Beef shin is cooked in red wine and stock until meltingly tender then macaroni and cheese is added and baked to golden, bubbly perfection.

Macaroni And Cheese With Beef Shin From Hawksmoor

Mac ‘n’ cheese pots

The ultimate comfort food for a gloomy day. These mini mac ‘n’ cheese pots are full of the gooey-deliciousness of cheddar, gruyère and grana padano, baked for a crispy top. Use veggie cheese instead if required.


Smoky mac ‘n’ cheese fondue

The best family meal for macaroni cheese. Made with smoked cheese it’s easy, filling and delicious. Makes plenty for a hearty midweek meal.

Smoky Mac And Cheese Fondue Recipe

Hawksmoor’s macaroni and cheese

The best macaroni cheese recipe, quick and easy, from Hawksmoor’s restaurants – famous for excellent steak. Hawksmoor’s macaroni cheese recipe is sure to become your new favourite!


Crisp topped macaroni and cheese

Comfort food at its best. Mac and cheese is always a winner and this one, with shredded ham and a crispy top is top of our list. Fresh salad is good as a side.

Crisp Baked Macaroni And Cheese Recipe

Mac and cheese with bacon

How do you make mac ‘n’ cheese better? Add bacon of course!  This oozing cheesy pasta bake is also rich with Red Leicester and finished with a crunchy breadcrumb topping. Double up the recipe for a family meal.

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Mustard mac and cheese with pastrami and crumbs

A fun twist on the American classic mac ‘n’ cheese. Pastrami and spring onions are baked with the macaroni and there is a great crunchy, golden breadcrumb topping. 

Mustard Mac And Cheese Recipe With Pastrami and Crumbs