How to Make Stovetop Mac and Cheese That's Better Than Boxed

© TODD PORTER & DIANE CU
By F&W Editors Posted January 15, 2016

There’s a time and a place for boxed macaroni and cheese: 2:00 in the morning on the couch. But when it comes to dinner, you can do better than a powdered packet of cheese.

Here, 11 easy-to-make, insanely creamy recipes for stovetop mac and cheese, both classic and upgraded.

1. Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

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This classic mac and cheese is made with sharp cheddar.

2. Spicy Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

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Fresh jalapeños add a spicy twist to this classic stovetop mac and cheese.

3. Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

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For a more sophisticated take on classic mac and cheese, swap in smoked gouda for the traditional cheddar.

4. Kale Mac and Cheese

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Tender kale is a terrific, healthy addition to creamy mac and cheese.

5. Rajas Con Crema Macaroni and Cheese

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This quick stovetop mac and cheese is based on rajas con crema, a classic Mexican dish of roasted green chiles sauteed with onion and finished with cream.

6. Green Pea Mac and Cheese

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Sweet bites of green pea take this cheesy dish to the next level.

7. Sausage Mac and Cheese

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Adding sausage transforms mac and cheese from a side dish to into an entrée.

8. Corn Mac and Cheese

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Fresh sweet corn is amazing with the creamy cheddar cheese sauce.

9. Three-Cheese Mac and Cheese

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Mozzarella and fontina join cheddar in this indulgent pasta.

10. Green Chile Mac and Cheese

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Green chiles give mac and cheese a bright, spicy kick.

11. Spinach Mac and Cheese

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Get your daily dose of greenery from the earthy spinach in this dish.

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