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In this life, we abide by one simple rule: There's no bad way to eat macaroni and cheese. To prove it, here are 22 tasty mac and cheese recipes that will transform your favorite comfort food.

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1. One-Pot Mac and Cheese

You can't go wrong with this stovetop classic. Especially when it only leaves you with one dirty dish.

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2. Mac and Cheese with Crispy Parmesan-Phyllo Crust

Trade breadcrumbs for phyllo rosettes. They're just as crumbly and crunchy, but 100 times prettier.

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3. Vegan Butternut Mac and ‘Cheese’ with Smoky Shiitake ‘Bacon’

Roasted, puréed butternut squash makes for the most decadent plant-based cheese sauce.

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4. 5-Ingredient Smoked Gouda-Thyme Mac and Cheese

An herb-spiked hug on a plate if we've ever seen one.

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5. Greens Mac and Cheese

It's a lot easier to get your daily greens (in this case, broccolini and spinach) when they're dressed in garlicky sharp cheddar cheese sauce.

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6. Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

The world's most versatile veggie's take on our favorite comfort food. Feel free to substitute roasted broccoli, sweet potatoes or Brussels sprouts.

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7. Jalapeño-Avocado Mac and Cheese

A little heat never hurt nobody.

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8. Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

A celebrity couple everyone can root for. The sauce is traditional, rich with butter, whole milk and cheddar cheese.

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9. Air-Fryer Mac and Cheese

Y'all. You don't even have to boil the elbows first.

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10. Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites

Want to see a magic trick? Set these out at your next barbecue and watch them vanish into thin air.

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11. Macaroni and Cheese in Acorn Squash Bowls

One bite and boom, it's sweater season.

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12. 10-Minute Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

Yes, you can totally make pasta in the microwave. The recipe is serves one, but we won't blame you for doubling it...and still eating it all yourself.

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13. Breakfast Mac and Cheese

Trade elbows for rigatoni and spruce it up with crumbled breakfast sausage, sweet onion and biscuits.

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14. BLT Mac and Cheese

Two staples united in ooey-gooey harmony. Think salty bacon, fire-roasted tomatoes and arugula instead of lettuce.

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15. Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Store-bought buffalo sauce and shredded chicken make this main a breeze.

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16. Truffled Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

Our two favorite pasta dishes have joined forces. And the result is mind-blowing.

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17. Fancy 3-Cheese Mac and Cheese

Pinkies out, people. We're talking Brie, Camembert and crumbled goat cheese.

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18. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

This grain-free alternative is packed with cream cheese, Muenster, cheddar, dijon mustard and browned sausage—but no pasta.

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19. Keto Three-Cheese Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Cups

Crispy prosciutto baskets filled with cheesy cauliflower and spinach? Don't mind if we do.

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20. Southern-Style Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Choose your fighter: sharp cheddar, Parmigiano reggiano, fontina, pecorino romano or Muenster. Then let them go head-to-head in one casserole dish.

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21. Slow Cooker Chili Mac

Ground beef, canned tomatoes, beef broth and beans give the mac a burst of savory flavor and protein. We'll take ours with extra sour cream.

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22. Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Cooking the veggies in balsamic vinegar and olive oil gives them an acidic tang that holds up against uber-creamy pasta shells.

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