5 of the Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

If you are looking for recipes that are both cheesy and hearty, these 5 comfort food recipes are perfect for any occasion.

These five macaroni and cheese recipes each add a unique twist to the traditional cheesy dish

Whether you are young or old, mac and cheese is a great dish that everyone can enjoy. While traditional macaroni and cheese is good, these five homemade recipes will satisfy your mac and cheese cravings more than ever before.

Caribou Venison Mexican Hot Dish Recipe

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Garnish this caribou venison hot dish with chopped green onions. (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

Layers of cheese, onion, tomato and delicious venison make this caribou hot dish the perfect family meal.


  • 1 pound ground caribou venison
  • 3 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup beef broth (water is okay)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package shell macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar
  • Green onion, chopped for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon homemade cayenne pepper (optional)

Get the Recipe: Caribou Venison Mexican Hot Dish Recipe

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

This homemade macaroni and cheese recipe is creamy and delicious.


  • 2 ½ cups uncooked macaroni or corkscrew pasta
  • 2 ½ tablespoons flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cold and chopped into pieces
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk

Get the Recipe: Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Smoked Salmon Mac ‘N’ Cheese Recipe

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Smoked Salmon Mac ‘N’ Cheese Recipe (Photo courtesy of “The Sporting Chef”)

Take your mac 'n' cheese to the next level with a three-cheese blend and delicious smoked salmon.


  • 2 cups dried macaroni
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 3 ounces Parmesan, grated
  • 2 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups smoked salmon, broken into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup coarse bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil leaves

Get the Recipe: Smoked Salmon Mac ‘N’ Cheese Recipe

Venison Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

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This isn’t your average mac and cheese, this four-cheese recipe is sure to impress at your next family gathering. (Photo courtesy of Tom Minchella)

Make this mac and cheese even creamier by boiling the pasta 3-4 minutes longer than the directions say on the box.

Chili Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds ground venison
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups red wine
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup whole Italian tomatoes

Mac and Cheese Ingredients:

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 ½ cups half-and-half
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¾ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Get the Recipe: Venison Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

Crush Recipe: Venison Mac and Cheese Balls

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Venison Mac and Cheese Balls Recipe (Photo courtesy of Shaun Davies)

That's right … venison AND mac and cheese, all balled up into the ideal, bite-sized party appetizer.


  • 4 cups mac and cheese (favorite recipe; out of the box; leftovers; whatever you choose!)
  • 2 cups grilled and cubed venison tenderloin
  • 1 ½ cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

Get the Recipe: Venison Mac and Cheese Balls

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