Cheddar Mac and Cheese Recipes

Cheddar is a versatile cheese that you likely have on hand. Depending on your tastes, you can use a mild variety or even extra sharp in these tasty mac and cheese recipes.


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Lobster and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

  • 3/4 pound cavatappi pasta(12 ounces)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin havarti cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin smoked cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup lobster meat, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup bacon, cooked and chopped
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Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese

  • 6 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed, roughly chopped and divided
  • 4 ounces Wisconsin cream cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin parmesan cheese, shredded and divided
  • 2 tablespoons shallot, minced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin havarti cheese, shredded
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Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

  • 8 ounces elbow pasta
  • 4 ounces Wisconsin mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces Wisconsin American cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces Wisconsin monterey jack cheese, shredded
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Roasted Jalapeño Four Cheese Macaroni

  • 3 jalapeño chiles
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin smoked gouda cheese, shredded
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) Wisconsin 3-pepper colby jack or pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) Wisconsin fontina cheese
  • 5 cups (20 ounces) Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese
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Spicy Mac and Cheese

  • 4 cups cavatappi pasta
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
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Baked Potato-Style Mac and Cheese

  • 1 pound center cut bacon
  • 16 ounces elbow pasta
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin monterey jack cheese, shredded
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South of the Border Mac and Cheese

  • 2 red peppers
  • 4 cups elbow pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin queso quesadilla cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 14-ounce can green chilies
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Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese Balls

  • 12 ounces gluten-free macaroni pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin apple smoked cheddar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups almond flour
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Easy Peasy Mac and Cheesy

  • 1 pound mini fusilli pasta, or other small pasta
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin swiss cheese, shredded
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup ham, cooked and diced
  • 1 cup frozen baby peas
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Creamy Four Cheese Mac with Bacon

  • 1 pound medium shell pasta
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked
  • 8 ounces Wisconsin cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin provolone cheese, shredded
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Cheese Crusted Stovetop Mac and Cheese

  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin monterey jack cheese, shredded
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Bacon, Leek and Tomato Mac and Cheese

  • 10 ounces radiatori pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin fontina cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 slices thick cut slab bacon
  • 1 leek, finely diced
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Chicken and Broccoli Mac and Cheese

  • 4 cups Wisconsin fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Wisconsin parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and diced
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Philly Cheesesteak Mac and Cheese

  • 1/2 pound ribeye steak, sliced thin and diced, pan fried to desired doneness
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Wisconsin parmesan cheese, shredded
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Red White and Blue Mac and Cheese

  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and sliced
  • 1 3/4 cups (7 ounces) Wisconsin white cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 3/4 cups (7 ounces) Wisconsin monterey jack cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) Wisconsin blue cheese, crumbled and divided
  • 1 pound cavatappi pastacooked to al dente, drained and cooled
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Chicken Pot Pie Mac and Cheese

  • 2 cups elbow pasta
  • 4 cups Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 1/4 cups boneless, rotisserie chicken breast, skinned and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen peas & carrot vegetable mix, thawed and well-drained
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Wisconsin Four Cheese Mac Shroom

  • 8 ounces Wisconsin mascarpone cheese
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) Wisconsin fontina cheese, shredded
  • 12 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound elbow pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin morel & leek jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin white cheddar cheese, shredded
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Broccoli Mac and Cheese

  • 1 pound dried pasta
  • 1 pound broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Wisconsin parmesan cheese, grated
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Mexican Mac with Salsa Verde

  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • 8 ounces elbow pasta
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin asadero cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Mac and Cheese

  • 1/2 pound smoked deli ham, sliced 1/2 inch thick and cubed
  • 10 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin white cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin swiss cheese, shredded and divided
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Chicken Fajita Mac and Cheese

  • 12 ounces rotini pasta
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 3 bell peppers (multiple colors), seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin pepper jack cheese, shredded
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Mushroom Herb Mac and Cheese

  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Wisconsin white cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 pound elbow pasta
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Pimento Cheese Macaroni Salad

  • 1 pound elbow pasta
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin gouda cheese, shredded
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Classic Macaroni and Cheese

  • 12 ounces elbow pasta
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
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Easy Cheddar Mac

  • 8 ounces elbow pasta
  • 1 tablespoon onion, grated
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese
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Lobster Cheesy Mac

  • 1 pound elbow pasta
  • 4 cups (1 pound) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces Wisconsin cream cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 pounds lobster meat, chopped
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Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

  • 12 ounces pasta shells
  • 3 tablespoons barbeque sauce
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 pieces Texas toast, cooked according to package and crumbled
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Pancetta Mac and Cheese Panini

  • 1 cup elbow pasta
  • 2 ounces Wisconsin cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Wisconsin asiago cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 Wisconsin romano cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 pound pancetta, thinly sliced to make 12 slices
  • 12 slices sourdough bread, toasted
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Champagne Mac and Cheese

  • 1/4 cup pancetta, diced
  • 1/4 cup Champagne
  • 1/2 cup Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Wisconsin parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 pound elbow pasta, cooked according to package directions
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Bacon and Leek Mac and Cheese

  • 1 pound pasta shells
  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon
  • 2 leeks, cleaned and thinly sliced crosswise (white and light green parts only)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 1/2 cups Wisconsin havarti cheese, shredded
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Mini Meatball Mac and Cheese

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound pasta, such as elbow macaroni or shells
  • 4 cups (1 pound) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin fontina cheese, shredded
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Mac and Cheese Muffins

  • 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 8 ounces elbow pasta
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 strips baconcooked to crispy and pulsed in food processor
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Three Cheese Macaroni Pizza

  • 1 cup elbow pasta, dry
  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
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Cheesy Garlic Toast Macaroni

  • 8 ounces ditalini pasta
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Wisconsin mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin parmesan cheese, grated
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Mac and Cheese Burger

  • 1 pound elbow pasta, uncooked
  • 4 cups (1 pound) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 pound ground beef
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Italian Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers

  • 12 ounces elbow pasta
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 6 red or green bell peppers
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Chili Cheese and Beer Bread Mac and Cheese

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Creamy Poblano Stove Top Mac & Cheese

  • 2 large poblano chile peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin white cheddar cheese, shredded
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Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese Bites

  • 1 pound ditalini pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2/3 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin blue cheese, crumbled
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Truffled Gnocchi and Cheese

  • 2 pounds mini potato gnocchi
  • 4 tablespoons truffle butter
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) Wisconsin parmesan cheese, grated and divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin white cheddar cheese, shredded
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Irish Colcannon Mac & Cheese

  • 8 slices thick-sliced bacon, diced
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin havarti cheese, shredded
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Andouille Macaroni and Cheese

  • 1 pound elbow pasta
  • 18 ounces pre-cooked turkey andouille sausage, diced (about 6 links)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
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Chicken Marsala Mac and Cheese

  • 4 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces pancetta (or 3 slices bacon), cut into pieces
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup Marsala wine
  • 1 1/2 cups Wisconsin fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 pound penne pasta
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Spicy Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

  • 2 cups cauliflower, diced
  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces pasta shells
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin butterkäse cheese, shredded
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Queso Mac and Cheese with Bacon

  • 2 cups (8 ounces) elbow pasta
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 3/4 cups (7 ounces) Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
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Butternut Squash and Beer Mac and Cheese

  • 1 butternut squash, small or medium
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) beer, IPA or Pilsner
  • 1 pound conchiglie pasta
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

  • 1 pound shell pasta
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Apple, Sausage and Dijon Mac and Cheese

  • 12 ounces breakfast sausage, casings removed and coined
  • 4 cups (1 pound) Wisconsin sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
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Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese Cups

  • 2 tubes (8 ounce) large crescent rolls
  • 8 ounces Wisconsin cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 dashes hot sauceto taste
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, chopped
  • 1 pound rotini pasta, cooked al dente
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Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese

  • 10 ounces lean ground beef
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
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Sriracha Macaroni and Cheese

  • 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) pasta shells, uncooked
  • 1/3 cup sriracha sauce
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin colby-monterey jack cheese
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Taco Macaroni and Cheese Bake

  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 8 ounces Wisconsin cream cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin pepper jack cheese, shredded and divided
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Ultimate Creamy Baked Wisconsin Macaroni and Cheese

  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin muenster cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin colby cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin asiago cheese, grated
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Five-Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni

  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/4 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin butterkäse cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin provolone cheese, sliced
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5 Ingredient Wisconsin Mac and Cheese

  • 16 ounces macaroni pasta
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin asiago cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin alpine-style cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
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