The Weirdest, Most Delicious Mac & Cheese Hacks You've Ever Seen

Mac and cheese is one of our all-time favorite foods. There's something about the gooey, cheese-coated, comfort-foodie noodles that always hits the right note. And thanks to everyone's obsession with the childhood fave, there are now some serious hybrid recipes out there that take the classic to the next level. Even if you're an elbows-and-orange-cheese purist, it can be fun to see what the internet can do with the pasta dish. Ahead, check out some of the strangest (but still tasty-sounding) mac hacks we've found to date.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Candid Appetite.
Tamale Mac & Cheese
For when you're looking for some mac & cheese that's hot, hot, hot.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lovely Little Kitchen.
Pumpkin Mac & Cheese With Bacon
The pumpkin-craze knows no bounds.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven.
Gnocchi "Mac" & Cheese
Try substituting pillowy gnocchi in place of usual macaroni — the results are decadent.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pinch of Yum.
Steak & Cheddar Mac & Cheese
This is Hungry Helper 2.0.
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Photo: Courtesy of Handle The Heat.
Lobster Mac & Cheese
Mac and cheese is already one of the most decadent foods out there, but adding lobster takes the dish to a whole new level.
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Photo: Courtesy of Damned Delicious.
One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese
Combine two of our all-time favorite comfort foods and you've got this warming one-pot dinner.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Food In My Beard.
Mac & Cheese Ravioli
Double down on pasta with this dish, which combines two of our faves — mac and cheese and cheese ravioli — with tomato sauce.
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Photo: Courtesy of Savory Simple.
French Onion Mac & Cheese
We love cheesy French onion soup on its own, but it's even better when all that caramelized onion goodness is served with pasta.
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Mac & Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs
Pasta with meatballs becomes a whole new dish with this kooky, surprise-inside version.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Gunny Sack.
Mac & Cheese Pizza
Forget mozzarella, this pizza gets its cheesiness from a big batch of mac.
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Photo: Courtesy of Host The Toast.
Mac N' Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup
The classic after-school combo, grilled cheese and tomato soup, takes on a whole new shape when you put it all in the bowl, and add mac and cheese to the mix.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bite Me More.
Macaroni & Cheese Stuffed Shells
Because why not make individual mac and cheese pockets that are then doused in more cheese?
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Photo: Courtesy of Kirbie's Cravings.
Grilled Macaroni & Cheese Sandwich
This genius sandwich idea doesn't even need an explanation.
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Photo: Courtesy of Goodness Gracious.
Jalapeño Poppers With Mac & Cheese
If you ever had a dream all about appetizers, this would figure prominently.

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Photo: Courtesy of Life With The Crust Cut Off.
Mac & Cheese Pie
This might be a something of a starch overload, but we still want to try it anyway!
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Photo: Courtesy of Mantitlement.
Fried Macaroni & Cheese Ravioli
In case regular mac & cheese ravioli isn't decadent enough, this recipe is fried!
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And then, there's the high hack. Here's the most delicious way to infuse your mac with weed... Just hit play.
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