Mac and cheese, need we say more? Like two star-crossed lovers, they work perfectly together to form a dish that many people have come to appreciate and find comfort in. However, as awesome as it is, we can take this popular dish to a whole different level. Thinking outside the bowl (literally) we found some recipes on the Food Monster App. Grab your fork (or use your hands) and dig into these recipes!
This One-Pan Thai Macaroni by Anupama Paliwal is probably unlike any other mac you’ve had before. This dish is given its bright yellow color not from cheese but from curry paste. Along with mushrooms, onions, coconut milk, cilantro, peanuts, and lemon, this entrée is a mix of pad Thai and classic macaroni and cheese. Talk about delicious fusion.
This Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Casserole by Gabrielle St. Claire is comfort food heaven. Sweet, creamy butternut squash is paired with decadently cheesy macaroni elbows and sealed with a unique flatbread topping. The finishing touches really put it over the top, from the smoky shiitake bacon to the red pepper flakes and maple syrup. Normally, we’d say this casserole is perfect to make for a week of easy meals, but we know this one is so good that it will only last a few days.
The day has come when all of your comfort food dreams have come true. This Pepperoni Pizza Pasta by Melanie Sorrentino combines iconic, indulgent pepperoni pizza with creamy, comforting mac and cheese. And it’s all vegan of course! The recipe even includes how to make your own stretchy, authentic-tasting mozzarella “cheese” using tapioca starch and just 4 other ingredients.
Let’s get creative with the classic comfort food mac and cheese by throwing in your favorite in-season root veggie with Victoria Rand and Christopher Bill’s Beet Mac and Cheese! Beets are so full of nutrients and great for your health. Throwing them in this already pretty healthy vegan mac and cheese only helps elevate this to ‘eat as much as you want’ status.
6. Seitan Sausage With Mac and Smoky Cheddar Cheese
This Seitan Sausage With Mac and Smoky Cheddar Cheese by Melanie Sorrentino is in the running for one of the most decadent versions of mac and cheese that we have ever seen. The rich, cheesy sauce is flavored with chipotle pepper in adobo to give it an irresistible smoky flavor and then you add in the succulent, homemade seitan sausage and eat the whole thing on a bed of pasta. It’s as delicious as it sounds – trust us.
7. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Casserole
This hearty Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Casserole by Buffy-Ellen Gill embodies your mac and cheese cravings in a single pan and it takes only 25 minutes to make. The creamy cashew-cauliflower cheese sauce that is oh-so-flavorsome, but super light and fluffy at the same time. There will certainly be no feelings of heaviness after this meal. White pepper gives it just the right amount of kick without taking away from the core flavors of traditional mac, while mustard, nutritional yeast, and sea salt round everything out to give you a classic cheesy, yet refined dish.
8. Baked Mac and Cheese Bites
The only thing better than a delicious bowl of creamy mac and cheese is an appetizer that allows you to share this comforting pasta with friends! These Baked Mac and Cheese Bites by Emilie Heck are made by stuffing a tiny muffin pan with decadent mac and cheese, sprinkling a little (or a lot) of cayenne pepper on top, and then popping the tray in the oven so that the pasta can bind together. In just 20 minutes, you’ll have a cute, whimsical appetizer that friends and family will love!
This Cashew Mac and Cheese Bread Bowl by Bridge Rose is going to be exactly what you need in your life. Cheesy, warm, savory, and carbs stacked with carbs. Need we say more? Grab your comfiest sweat pants, grab a book or a movie, and enjoy this delicious recipe.
For more cheesy recipes, you simply must look at our list of 20 Cheeses That Will Knock Your Socks Off. You must! Of course, you can take these recipes on the go with you by downloading our Food Monster App. With over 10,000 recipes right in the palm of your hand, you’ll always have something delicious and new to try. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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