19 things you didn’t know you could make with mac ‘n’ cheese

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  • We know, we know – why are we trying to improve on perfection? Classic macaroni cheese is a wonder in it’s own right – with it’s cheesy, gooey, deliciousness, crispy top, and ability to welcome anything from chopped pancetta to sliced fried onions, it’s a stodgy hug in a bowl.


    However, whilst it’s incredibly difficult to beat the original, we have to say, we think some of these intrepid recipe explorers might just have succeeded. From mac and cheese pizza to some of the most insanely good meatballs you’ll ever lay eyes on, here are 19 AMAZING things you had no idea you could do with this wonder food.

    Prepare to have a blown mind and an exceptionally full belly…

    1. Mac ‘n’ cheese pizza

    Get the recipe: The Gunny Sack
    Because what could make cheese and carbs even better? Oh, that’s right, more cheese and carbs.

    2. Bacon and macaroni pie

    Get the recipe: Buzzfeed
    Pastry? Pah? Replace your usual crust with crispy bacon and reap the salty, delicious rewards.

    3. Mac ‘n’ cheese bites

    Get the recipe: Chef In Training
    Can’t handle your mac all in one go? These baked bites are perfect for little hands (or fitting multiples into big mouths).

    4. FRIED mac ‘n’ cheese bites

    Get the recipe: Thrifty Jinxy
    Oh, well why the hell not. Roll into balls and add some breadcrumbs for good measure.

    5. Macaroni cheese burger

    Get the recipe: People
    Topping your patty with your favourite pasta brings a whole, new, tastebud-melting meaning to the word ‘cheeseburger’.

    6. Macaroni cheese burritos

    Get the recipe: Oh Bite It
    Wrap up your mac in a comfy burrito blanket. You could even bake them in the oven and turn them into enchiladas!

    7. Mac ‘n’ cheese cupcakes

    Get the recipe: Nessa Makes
    Thankfully, they don’t come with frosting. Just more drool-worthy cheese.

    8. Mac ‘n’ chilli cheese fries

    Get the recipe: Buzzfeed
    Chips? Good. Chilli? Good. Macaroni cheese? GOOD. This triple threat is easy to prepare and ridiculously good to eat.

    9. Macaroni cheese fritters

    Get the recipe: Amuse Your Bouche
    You know that crispy bit you get on the top of macaroni cheese that everyone fights over? This has it on ALL SIDES. Fire up that frying pan immediately.

    10. Macaroni cheese hotdogs

    Get the recipe: Taste and Tell
    Makes that usual squirt of mustard look a bit lame in comparison, doesn’t it?

    11. Mac ‘n’ cheese meatballs

    Get the recipe: Spend with Pennies
    Imagine cutting open a meatball (a pretty good experience anyway) and finding an oozy pool of cheesy goodness. Heaven.

    12. Macaroni cheese stuffed peppers

    Get the recipe: Le Creme De La Crumb
    These are the mac recipe for those that want to pretend that they’re being healthy. That colourful pepper might well be one of your 5-a-day, but sadly, cheese is not.

    13. Macaroni cheese baked potato

    Get the recipe: The Merry Thought
    No baked potato has ever been made worse by the presence of cheese. Forgo your usual grated handful and go for a layer of ricotta, topped with cheesy pasta joy.

    14. Macaroni cheese pancakes

    Get the recipe: GoodToKnow
    Pancakes are for life, not just for February! Top your batter with mac and serve with a giant blob of ketchup.

    15. Mac ‘n’ cheese quesadillas

    Get the recipe: Bakeaholic Mama
    Wraps and cheese are natural bedfellows. This easy idea is just good sense.

    16. Macaroni cheese ravioli

    Get the recipe: The Food In My Beard
    You know what macaroni cheese needs? AN EXTRA PASTA LAYER. This recipe wraps baked squares of macaroni in fresh pasta, for an even doughier, delicious experience.

    17. Mac ‘n’ cheese taco

    Get the recipe: Blog Chef
    The best thing about this is that you don’t have to choose between mince and macaroni. You can have both!

    18. Grilled mac ‘n’ cheese sandwich

    Get the recipe: Kirbie Cravings
    Just imagine the crust on this bad boy.

    19. Macaroni cheese cone

    DON’T get the recipe: Disney Food Blog
    Sadly, there’s no recipe for these, as they’re a now defunct treat that used to be served at Disneyland. But if you manage to come up with a recipe for a spiral of dough filled with mac ‘n’ cheese and topped with bacon, we want to be the first to try it, please.