All Grown-Up: 12 Macaroni and Cheese Recipes for the Mature Kid
Macaroni and cheese never goes out of style. There's nothing like that first warm bite of al dente pasta cloaked in a rich, creamy cheese sauce. Whether you favor elbows or prefer shells, there's no denying that macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. It's a dish that nearly every American child grew up with; whether Mom made it from scratch or from a box, it's a timeless fan favorite. Here, we're celebrating it with some adult variations.
If you choose to serve these macaroni and cheese recipes for adults at a dinner party or potluck party, expect to hear cheers and exclamations of joy as everyone gets a taste of their childhood. We've dressed up the classic recipe with unexpected ingredients and unique flavors. No dish is alike—from Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce to Bacon Pasta with Cheese Sauce and Thyme and the most appealing appetizer, Fried Macaroni-and-Cheese Bites, we're innovating the basic formula: good pasta and an ooey-gooey cheese sauce.
Some of these macaroni and cheese recipes can be put on the table in about 30 minutes, which means it's easy to make homemade macaroni and cheese for a weeknight dinner. Others are a bit more time and labor intensive, so prep them over the weekend when you have some more time on your hands. Their amped-up flavor is worth the time and effort.
Get ready to update a tried-and-true macaroni and cheese recipe with these exciting riffs on the classic dish. You're sure to feel like a kid again.
Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce
Baked Shells and Broccoli with Ham and Cheesy-Creamy Cauliflower Sauce
Stove-Top Pasta and Cheese
Simple and oh, so good are the two phrases we'd use to describe this understated variation of macaroni and cheese. If you want the same flavor and creaminess found in classic macaroni and cheese but something just a little more unique, this is the recipe for you. Plus, you'll be able to get it on the table in just 30 minutes (no oven time needed!).