Fantastic Mac and Cheese Recipes

These twists on the classic comfort food will have everyone fighting over the serving spoon. Plus, food and wine expert Ted Allen, host of Food Detectives and Chopped, shares wine recommendations for easy, affordable pairings.


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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Makes 6
Prep 15 m
Slow Cook on LOW for 3 hours

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Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese
Makes 8
Prep 15 m
Cook 14 m
Bake 20 m

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BBQ Mac and Cheese

BBQ Mac and Cheese
Makes 6
Prep 15 m
Cook 6 m
Microwave 6 m
Bake 20 m

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Organic White Mac and Cheese

Organic White Mac and Cheese
Makes 6
Prep 15 m
Cook 7 m
Bake 20 m

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Fried Mac and Cheese Bites

Fried Mac and Cheese Bites
Makes 30
Prep 30 m
Cook 7 m
Fry 4 m
Chill overnight
Fry per batch

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Four Cheese with Bacon Mac

Four Cheese with Bacon Mac
Makes 12
Prep 10 m
Cook 10 m
Bake 20 m
Broil 3 m

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Individual Mac and Cheese

Individual Mac and Cheese
Makes 8
Prep 45 m
Cook 15 m
Bake 20 m

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Pair Four Cheese with Bacon Mac with Alice White Shiraz

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The signature wine of Australia, this Shiraz offers deep black plum and berry aromas, complemented by soft, ripe tannins and savory flavors. $7


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Tomato Basil Rigatoni

Tomato Basil Rigatoni
Makes 6
Prep 10 m
Stand 5 m
Cook 14 m

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Pair Tomato Basil Rigatoni with Blackstone Winemaker Select Merlot

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This luscious red wine has dynamic tannins and concentrated plum and black cherry fruit flavors, making it delicious, approachable and easy to enjoy! $11


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Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese
Makes 8
Prep 10 m
Cook 10 m
Bake 20 m
Broil 2 m

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Pair Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese with Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage

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The wine is a collage of the five classic Bordeaux red varieties — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc — offering dark plum, black cherry, and blackberry aromas along with a plush, velvety texture and well-integrated tannins. $11


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Chicken Taco Mac

Chicken Taco Mac
Makes 6
Prep 10 m
Cook 21 m

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Pair Chicken Taco Mac with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Brut Sparkling

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Fresh citrus aromas are accented by soft, creamy yeast characters with flavors of green apple and lemon cream on the palate. $10


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Broccoli Shells and Cheese

Broccoli Shells and Cheese
Makes 6
Prep 10 m
Cook 7 m
Stand 5 m

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Pair Broccoli Shells and Cheese with Toasted Head Chardonnay

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Full-bodied and rich, this California Chardonnay boasts lots of the toasty oak, ripe fruit and creamy texture. $13


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Four-Cheese Classic Mac

Four-Cheese Classic Mac
Makes 12
Prep 10 m
Cook 14 m
Broil 3 m

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Smoky Mac and Cheese

Smoky Mac & Cheese
Makes 8
Prep 10 m
Cook 7 m

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Penne with Fontina and Mushrooms

Penne with Fontina and Mushrooms
Makes 6
Prep 10 m
Cook 20 m

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Kiddie Mac and Cheese

Kiddie Mac 'n' Cheese
Makes 8
Prep 5 m
Cook 12 m

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Cheesy Meximac

Cheesy Meximac
Makes 10
Prep 10 m
Cook 11 m

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Reduced-Fat Mac

Reduced-Fat Mac
Makes 6
Prep 5 m
Cook 13 m