Top 6 Macaroni & Cheese Recipes on My List
When you think about comfort food, macaroni & cheese is one of the first dishes that comes to my mind. Everyone loves this hot and creamy dish.
Our son and daughter-in-law had a wonderful wedding a few weeks ago and everything was just perfect. However, on the menu at the reception was a Macaroni & Cheese Bar!!! It was absolutely delicious! After heaping all 3 varieties of creamy pasta on your plate, there was an option to add bacon, spareribs, ham, peas, and other yummy stuff.
The Bride was absolutely beautiful and of course, the groom was incredibly handsome, but I have been thinking about that macaroni and cheese for weeks! I was inspired to research recipes and do some cooking.
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Host a Macaroni & Cheese Bar Party!
I love to have company for dinner and surprise them with a dish they would not likely have made for themselves.
A Macaroni & Cheese Bar would make an excellent theme for a dinner party and would definitely be unexpected.
I also like to make things easy for myself in the final moments. I will work like crazy early in the day to avoid a last-minute rush
Most macaroni & cheese recipes can be assembled ahead of time and only take 30-45 minutes to bake. You can throw a couple in the oven when your guests arrive, have the toppings ready in individual bowls for serving, and your good to go!
The best part is that you don’t have to worry about picky eaters, everyone can create their own special dish.
Don’t worry, there is a list of topping suggestions along with a grocery list for each dish right after the recipes.
I have actually made several of the Macaroni & Cheese dishes I am sharing. I also took recommendations from friends who have a favorite recipe as well. Here are six recipes that won’t let you down.
If you really do have a Macaroni and Cheese Bar for your guests, don’t make all six of course. I would pick two or three at the most and tell everyone to bring a leftover container.
From: Genius Kitchen
Four different kinds of cheese blend perfectly to bring out a really rich cheesy flavor. So delicious, it was actually on Good Morning America!
I served this dish with fresh peas, and shredded buffalo chicken, diced ham, and mushrooms, all on the side of course. Don’t forget to offer fresh parmesan with every dish. Totally take this mac and cheese to a potluck with no worries.
From: Genius Kitchen
I was a guest to enjoy this Macaroni and Cheese recipe. A friend who attended the wedding was inspired to make her favorite recipe and invite us to dinner- Wonderful! All the pasta was covered with a layer of fresh tomatoes and buttery bread crumbs before baking. Any of the Macaroni and Cheese recipes can be served as a main dish or side dish. It all depends on your company
Some people especially children don’t like “fanciness in their mac and cheese “fancy”. This is the perfect dish for them. The ingredients are the same as grandma used when she made homemade mac and cheese right on top of the stove. The combination of four different kinds of cheese is what makes the flavor just perfect.
From: The Chunky Chef
I LOVE spicy food, so there was no doubt I needed to give a recipe named Jalapeno Popper Macaroni & Cheese a try. Then I saw the bacon and cream cheese!! The cheese combination is perfect, but for those of us who love a spicy kick and jalapeno poppers, this is perfect. I made this for college football on a Saturday with some wings on the side. Big hit!
From: Food Network
This recipe was on Bobby Flay Throw-Down!! One suggestion I would make is to cut out a couple of the eggs so the dish is a little more creamy. This was also on Oprah!!! The recipe makes a ton, so if you don’t have big eaters coming to the table, cut everything in half. The big thing as far as ingredients here is SEVEN kinds of cheese with an explosion of flavor.
From: Carlsbad Cravings
This is such an amazing recipe. The creaminess is wonderful. There are a couple of secret ingredients that make this pasta dish stand out. First, to add to the calories, there is a layer of sour cream! Cornstarch is added to the roux to hold the cheese together. I would use fewer bread crumbs next time. Toppings here could certainly include bacon, ham and blanched broccoli. This cook suggested to NOT preassemble the dish in order to keep the pasta from sucking up all the liquid before it was baked. I made the sauce early in the day and then put it all together right before oven time.
Toppings & Sides
Here are just a few suggestions to add to your macaroni and cheese bar. You don’t have to use them all and certainly can use your imagination to add more to the list.
Meat: Bacon, Shredded Short Ribs, Buffalo Chicken, Smoked Sausage, Lobster, ground meat
Vegetables: Broccoli, Peas, Tomatoes, Green Onion, Bell Peppers
More Stuff: Mushrooms, Hot Sauce, Bread Crumbs, More Cheese, Olives
Now plan your own party or surprise your family with this fun dinner anytime.
Calories & Carbs?
Yep. Homemade Macaroni and cheese are certainly for a special occasion or a “cheat day”, but what a great way to go, right?
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