These are all less traditional twists on the classic kid-friendly dish, with added vegetables, chicken or crab, or different combinations of cheeses. Note that this is definitely not our healthiest roundup — but it might be one of the most delicious.
1. Mac and Cheese by Joe Piscatella
With paprika and hot sauce, this is mac and cheese with a kick! Top with tomato slices for a tasty touch.
Per serving: 353 calories, 5g saturated fat, 39g carbohydrates, 24g protein, 2g fiber
2. Pappardelle With Herbs and Ricotta by Wanda and Giovanna Tornabene
Try this recipe if you're looking for a more "sophisticated" mac and cheese that's easy to make. The quality of the ricotta you use makes a big difference.
Per serving: 535 calories, 8g saturated fat, 45g carbohydrates, 14g protein, 2g fiber
3. Mini Macaroni Pies by Bobby and Jamie Deen
These are wonderful treats for kids, baked in mini- or regular muffin tins. The Ritz cracker concoction is a no-hassle crust and a delicious topping.
Per serving: 411 calories, 13g saturated fat, 32g carbohydrates, 16g protein, 1g fiber
4. Mac and Cheese Florentine by Robin Robertson
Surprise! This creamy dish has no dairy: The sauce is made from cashews and white beans. It then goes into a slow cooker with the macaroni for three hours.
Per serving: 568 calories, 3g saturated fat, 87g carbohydrates, 23g protein, 11g fiber
5. Mac and Ham and Cheese by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
If you're looking for an innovative, over-the-top take on mac and cheese, go no further. With Gruyere, ham and mango chutney (not to mention tarragon and artichoke hearts), it's definitely not your typical toddler treat.
Per serving: 848 calories, 22g saturated fat, 65g carbohydrates, 55g protein, 4g fiber
6. Dungeness Crab Mac-and-Cheese by Becky Selengut
It's a little bit labor-intensive, but we can't imagine a better recipe for crab lovers. It includes pasta, cheese and sweet crab topped with bread crumbs and baked to mouthwatering perfection.
Per serving: 946 calories, 28g saturated fat, 83g carbohydrates, 46g protein, 4g fiber
7. My Award-Winning Four-Cheese Mac-and-Cheese by Lorna Yee and Ali Basye
Bacon, fresh herbs and a four-cheese combo make this recipe hard to beat, but you can tweak it by substituting your favorite cheeses and herbs.
Per serving: 958 calories, 32g saturated fat, 64g carbohydrates, 45g protein, 3g fiber
8. Chicken Mac and Cheese by Sara Foster
The chicken is shredded, the pasta is bite-size and the sauce is super creamy (you'll use 2 cups of cream to serve 8-10 people).
Per serving: 533 calories, 20g saturated fat, 24g carbohydrates, 26g protein, 1g fiber
9. Greek Macaroni and Cheese by Lisa Schroeder
For a less cheesy mac and cheese recipe, try this Greek-inspired dish. It's a mix of feta cheese, chicken, olives and tomatoes, with white wine and lots of spinach.
Per serving: 661 calories, 10g saturated fat, 69g carbohydrates, 30g protein, 5g fiber
10. Macaroni and Four Cheese by Ellie Krieger
This may sound similar to the other four-cheese recipe listed here, but this one includes pureed squash in the sauce. It's an easy (and hard to detect) way to add nutrients while keeping the rich flavor.
Per serving: 390 calories, 11g fat, 56g carbohydrates, 18g protein, 3.5g fiber