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12 Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Hungry for the ultimate comfort food? You might just find a new cheesy favorite.

Ranch Mac & Cheese

A packet of ranch salad dressing mix, lemon-pepper seasoning, and garlic salt create a tangy twist on the original.

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Nacho Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Nachos and macaroni and cheese come together in this Mexican-inspired one-dish meal.

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Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese

For the perfect balance between crispy and creamy, spread the pasta mixture on a baking sheet rather than a casserole dish.

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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese With Tomatoes

A basic add-in like tomatoes keep this comfort food simple yet interesting.

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Macaroni & Cheese Pizza

The crust is made of—you guessed it!—cheesy pasta and then topped with sauce and your favorite fixings like sausage and mushrooms.

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Pizza Macaroni Bake

This casserole has Italian-inspired ingredients like pepperoni and mozzarella, but it still uses good old macaroni and cheese as the base.

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Macaroni and Cheese Soup

These two comfort foods are combined into a a creamy dish that’s better than the sum of its parts—and it’s ready in 30 minutes!

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Smoky Macaroni

The key players in this variation? Smoked sausage for bold flavor and cheddar cheese soup for extra richness.

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Mini Mac-and-Cheese Bites

Bite-size portions make for a crowd-pleasing appetizer or side dish.

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Scallop Mac and Cheese

Seafood adds a touch of sophistication to this typically casual dish.

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Macaroni and Cheese With Mushrooms

Mushrooms, peas, and peppers turn this classic into a hearty yet healthy meal.

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Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli and Cherry Tomatoes

The trick to this veggie-studded pasta is the broiling step: it keeps the top crisp and the inside velvety smooth.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest