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Your Go-To Guide For The Best Mac And Cheese Recipes
In our opinion, mac and cheese should never be a plain Jane dish. If you’re cooking up a storm for your friends or eating this comfort food solo, we can help you deliver the best mac and cheese recipe with this guide of some of our favourite recipes.
If the cooking ends up going south and you need a plan B, we’ve got you. You can always order our famous mac and cheese from our takeaway in Milton Keynes, now available for pick up in-store or on Deliveroo, Uber Eats and JustEat! In the meantime, check out 7 of our favourite mac and cheese recipes here:
- Pimped Up American Mac And Cheese Recipe
- The Ultimate Vegan Mac And Cheese Recipe
- Bacon Mac And Cheese Recipe
- Beautifully Baked Mac And Cheese Recipe
- Lobster Mac And Cheese Recipe
- Super Cheesy Three Cheese Mac And Cheese Recipe
- Cajun Mac and Cheese
The ultimate comfort food with a meaty twist. Did you know Mac and Cheese found its solid place in American culture during the Great Depression, but was originally brought over by British settlers?
We’ve tested out so many American-style Mac and Cheese dishes over the years, but we really love this pimped-up South West take on the classic from Cauldron Foods, who even go as far as adding chopped up vegetarian sausages, chipotle chilli, guacamole, sliced jalapeno peppers, tortilla chips, spring onions and, of course, lots of Monterrey Jack cheese. The secret ingredient to adding a punch of flavour to this mac and cheese recipe is the Dijon Mustard!
If you want to try this recipe, you can check it out here on Cauldron Foods’ website.
This is one recipe where you won’t find yourself saying, “this is good…. for vegan mac and cheese.” An absolute show-stopping recipe from Make It Dairy Free, which will have your guests unable to tell the difference between regular cheese and the vegan kind. While the pasta is cooking (for the amateur chefs reading, we recommend bringing water to a boil with a drizzle of olive oil and salt before putting your pasta in to cook as per the instructions), you can focus your attention on the vegan cheese sauce.
Make It Dairy uses lima beans for the base of the sauce in a blender, adding in vegetable stock, nutritional yeast, vegan cheese, vegan butter, fresh lemon and vegan parmesan cheese. They then top with paprika and pepper, salt and dairy-free milk before blending to combine the ingredients until smooth. Then over medium heat, whisk vegan butter and chickpea flour and thick dairy-free milk (e.g. oat or almond milk, but avoid coconut milk if you can as it will make your sauce too runny). Whisk away until everything is fully combined, then add parmesan, salt, pepper and the homemade vegan cheese sauce made earlier.
For the baked version’s crispy topping, add it to an oven dish and top with breadcrumbs and additional vegan cheese before baking for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. If you want a step-by-step guide to cook along to, check out their YouTube tutorial here:
Mac and cheese, but make it keto. This mac and cheese recipe from Low Carb Love’s YouTube channel doesn’t actually have pasta in (we know this is going to be a controversial recipe), but the taste of this keto bacon mac and cheese will seriously leave you wanting more and more.
Pasta is substituted for cauliflower, cut into florets and boiled for 6 to 8 minutes (Top tip: you want the cauliflower to be tender when putting a fork in it, but you still want it to be fairly firm as you’ll continue cooking it throughout the rest of the process).
Bacon is sliced and fried, and then the sauce is prepared using the following ingredients: almond milk, whipping cream and soft cream cheese (all whisked together). Once this is combined, stir in dried parsley, garlic powder, chilli powder, and salt and pepper with shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese. This is then combined with the cauliflower mixture, the bacon folded in and baked in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes with breadcrumbs, butter, parmesan and pork rinds spread over the top.
If you’re not feeling the keto version, you can make this with regular pasta instead of the substituted cauliflower. Check out the finished product in Low Carb Love’s YouTube video below:
Looking for a beautifully baked mac and cheese with the perfect buttery breadcrumb topping? Look no further than this recipe. RecipeTin Eats’ stunning creamy cheese sauce takes the prize for ease and delivery of a great dish. All you need is a combination of the following: cheese (obviously), butter, breadcrumbs, pasta (elbow pasta is highly recommended, but any short pasta is acceptable), flour, milk and garlic, onion and mustard.
Adding butter to the cooked pasta and stirring it in will help with bloating of the pasta (pasta bloats like us, too!) The butter creates a thin layer of protection which stops the macaroni from absorbing any more liquid while in the oven, which makes bloated, overcooked pasta.
Mix panko breadcrumbs, salt and melted butter together in a separate bowl, and then in a saucepan, add butter and flour with milk. To avoid lumpy sauce, keep stirring to thicken before adding the cheese and pasta to the sauce. Layer in an ovenproof dish, cover with the breadcrumb mix and bake for a heavenly finish.
Watch their YouTube video below for an easy to follow mac and cheese recipe:
This lobster mac and cheese recipe is definitely one for the boujee bunch amongst us, but if you’re not looking to push the boat out with lobster this time, you can always substitute it for canned crab meat, prawns, or shrimp.
For the best creamy lobster mac and cheese, Spend With Pennies recommends removing the sauce from the heat before stirring in any cheese. She also recommends not cutting corners and, instead of buying grated cheese (as these tend to have added additives and are more difficult to melt), shredding the cheese directly from the block.
If you want the full in-depth recipe, you can follow it step-by-step here.
Delish definitely know how to deliver a deli(sh)ious dish, and they don’t disappoint with their three-cheese golden mac and cheese recipe. The cheeses in question for this particular recipe? A creative combination of cheddar, gruyere and parmesan, topped with breadcrumbs and baked until bubbly and golden on top (baked for around 25 to 30 minutes at 190 degrees). This dish can be kept as it is for those after a vegetarian option, or you can add in your choice of meat or seafood.
Check out the full recipe here.
Spice things up in the kitchen with this tantalising cajun mac and cheese recipe, another fan favourite from Delish!
This zesty pasta recipe incorporates green onions, cajun, cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese, bell peppers, andouille sausage, and even medium shrimp tails to satisfy your cravings. If we were going to pimp up this particular recipe ourselves though, we would definitely make it more of a tablespoon of cajun (rather than the recommended teaspoon) for that extra kick, along with 1 teaspoon of paprika and salt and pepper to taste! We’re all for trial and error in adjusting our recipes for the perfect flavour punch.
Watch the full recipe below:
Are You In Mac And Cheese Heaven Yet?
The variety and diversity of mac and cheese recipes have expanded massively over the years, with many people experimenting and testing new combinations of the crowd-pleasing dish. This guide has everything you need to select the best mac and cheese recipe for your next soiree, from three-cheese heaven to something of the seafood or spicy variety.
We also highly recommend adding breadcrumbs and extra cheese to any baked recipes for that extra golden creamy crumb.
Have we got your tastebuds salivating with our carefully curated guide to the best mac and cheese recipes? If so, why not come and try our cheesiest mac and cheese yet at our restaurant in Milton Keynes?