Crowd Pleasing Mac and Cheese Recipes

These inventive recipes are perfect for a crowd. Ideas like macaroni pizza and lasagna will impress your guests, and we’ve even created easy mac and cheese recipes that you can whip up in a pinch. 


Crowd Pleasers

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Fontina, Spinach and Bacon Shells

  • 1 pound medium shell pasta
  • 6 ounces applewood smoked bacon
  • 3/4 cup Wisconsin mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups Wisconsin fontina cheese, grated
  • 3 1/2 ounces fresh baby spinach , chopped
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) Wisconsin parmesan cheese, grated
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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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Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese

  • 1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups (13 ounces) Wisconsin mozzarella cheese
  • 1 16-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 5 ounces mini pepperoni, or chopped pepperoni
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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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Dressed Up Penne and Blue Cheese

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 1 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin Buttermilk Blue cheese, crumbled and divided
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin parmesan cheese, grated and divided
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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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BLT Mac and Cheese

  • 8 ounces thick-cut peppered bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin provolone cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Wisconsin asiago cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup roasted or sun-dried tomatoes
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Caramelized Onion Pasta Gratin

  • 3 pounds yellow onion, peeled
  • 3/4 pound rigatoni pasta
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) Wisconsin swiss cheese, shredded and divided
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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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French Onion Soup Mac and Cheese

  • 6 cups onions, thinly sliced, skins reserved for boiling
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin fontina cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin alpine-style cheese
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 pound pipette pasta
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Deli Style Mac and Cheese

  • 4 slices caraway rye bread, crusts intact, torn into small pieces
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin muenster cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup gherkin pickles, drained and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
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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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Muenster Mac and Cheese

  • 16 ounces pasta
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin muenster cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup cracker crumbs
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Lasagna Mac and Cheese

  • 1 pound pasta shells
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups prepared Bolognese sauce
  • 1/4 cup Wisconsin parmesan cheese, grated
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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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Smoky Mushroom Mac and Cheese

  • 1 pound cavatappi pasta
  • 3 Portobello mushroom caps
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) Wisconsin smoked gouda cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin BellaVitano cheese, shredded
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Margherita Mac and Cheese

  • 6 ounces elbow pasta
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) Wisconsin mozzarella 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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Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese

  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 1 pound thick-sliced bacon, uncooked
  • 4 jalapeño peppers, seeded and veins removed, diced
  • 8 ounces Wisconsin cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin colby jack cheese, shredded
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Chili Cheese and Beer Bread Mac and Cheese

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Gouda & Hot Honey Macaroni Grilled Cheese

  • 12 ounces elbow pasta(about 3 cups dry)
  • 4 cups (1 pound) Wisconsin gouda cheese
  • 12 slices sourdough bread
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
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Bacon Mac and Cheese Pie

  • 1 3/4 pounds bacon
  • 4 cups Wisconsin colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Wisconsin parmesan cheese, grated
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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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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

  • 1 pound shell pasta
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Sausage and Apricot Baked Brie Mac and Cheese

  • 1 pound breakfast sausage
  • 1 pound bow tie pasta
  • 12 ounces Wisconsin brie cheese, rind removed and cubed
  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
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Caprese Mac and Cheese

  • 4 cups (16 ounces) whole wheat rotini
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin parmesan cheese, shredded
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Chicken Parmesan Mac and Cheese

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin parmesan cheese, shredded
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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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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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