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What To Serve With Mac and Cheese: Tasty Pairings

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7.28.2022

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This creamy, cheesy side dish is loved by all ages! Here are some ideas for the best foods to serve with mac and cheese at dinnertime.

Kids love it, teens love it, and grown-ups love it. If you're a cheese lover, you can't help but enjoy a helping of mac and cheese now and then. This comfort food is one that many enjoy with cookout food, but what else does it pair well with?

Let's talk about all things mac and cheese. First, we'll explore the most popular types of mac and cheese, and then we'll talk about how to level up this dish. Finally, we'll go over a few simple meals you can pair with mac and cheese for a winning dinner combination. 

Types of Mac and Cheese 

Before we go any further, let's evaluate the types of mac and cheese out there. When crafting this dish, there are several ways you can adjust your recipe to make delicious variations! Here are a few popular ways people enjoy cheese with noodles.

Classic Mac and Cheese

Let's begin with the basics. Most people know how to make mac and cheese, but if you're new to preparing this dish, our Mac & Cheese recipe can help you out. Milk, creamy cheeses, elbow noodles, and flour blend together to create a delicious rendition of a well-loved side dish.

Buffalo Mac and Cheese

Are you a fan of buffalo-flavored foods? Buffalo seasoning is essentially a blend of paprika, onion, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Many people enjoy the flavor kick it adds to their food. 

People tend to use buffalo flavoring on wings and fries, but this seasoning can also make mac and cheese with a zing. 

Baked Mac and Cheese

Everyone loves the creamy taste of mac and cheese. Still, some people prefer to take their mac and cheese to the next level by baking it. 

When baked in the oven with breadcrumbs, this kind of mac and cheese becomes creamy and crumbly simultaneously. It has a crispy top layer with gooey cheese beneath.

Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Most people prefer to eat mac and cheese by the spoonful. However, preparing this dish in bite-sized sections is a fun way to eat it, too! 

To make mac and cheese bites, you can prepare your macaroni and cheese in a muffin tin. These make an excellent appetizer that's tasty and unique.

Vegan Mac and Cheese

If you're lactose intolerant or vegan, the cheese, milk, and heavy cream used in mac and cheese are likely deal-breakers. Luckily, there are several ways to make vegan mac and cheese that avoid dairy products. 

In non-dairy mac and cheese, there are usually a few types of ingredients used to substitute all that dairy:

Ways To Level Up Your Mac and Cheese 

No one gets tired of classic mac and cheese. Its creamy texture will always attract fans of all ages. Still, you might want to try a few new methods that can help make this dish exciting. Let's look at several ways to boost your mac and cheese game.

Try New Cheese for Mac and Cheese

Cheddar cheese is the variety most commonly used for mac and cheese. However, when you want to switch up the flavor, you can try adding different cheeses to taste variations of mac and cheese. Here are a few cheese types to consider:

Experiment With Different Noodles

Adding new cheese to your mac and cheese dishes can allow you to enjoy mac and cheese in a whole new light. If you're not done experimenting with this dish, you can also try out different noodles in your recipe. 

Although elbow macaroni is standard, making mac and cheese with other noodle variations can be exciting. Here are a few options you might select:

Mistakes To Avoid for Mac and Cheese

You'll want to watch out for a few common mistakes when perfecting your mac and cheese recipe. Keeping an eye out for these pitfalls can help you ensure you make delicious creamy, cheesy noodles every time. Here are the three biggest mistakes to avoid:

The Best Pairings With Mac and Cheese

If you've ever been to a cookout or picnic, you might have enjoyed mac and cheese served with hot dogs or burgers. But what else can this creamy comfort food pair with? We’ve got our list along with a few recipes to try.

Here are some of the top foods you can pair with mac and cheese:

  1. BBQ Chicken
  2. Steak
  3. Sausage
  4. Greens like broccoli, spinach & brussels sprouts
  5. Cole Slaw


Jow Recipes To Serve With Mac and Cheese

Perhaps you know you want to make mac and cheese sometime this week, but you don't know what you want your main course to be. We've brainstormed some of our favorite easy recipes you can pair with this tasty side. Check them out and pick your favorite!

Steak With Mashed Broccoli

We've already established that mac and cheese pairs well with broccoli. You can prepare this filling steak with mashed broccoli dish and serve mac & cheese on the side. It's ready in under twenty minutes, making it an easy dinner your whole household will love.

Buttery Pan-Fried Chicken With Mashed Potatoes

Chicken and mashed potatoes are staple foods on many people's menus. You can complement this buttery dish with creamy mac and cheese. Go back for seconds if you'd like!

Roasted Sausage and Butternut Squash

This one-pan meal is ideal for cooler days. Flavorful sausage and butternut squash make a delicious warm comfort meal. Add mac and cheese on the side to make the meal even more comfortable. 

Chicken With Creamed Spinach and Rice

Here's a mouth-watering meal you can put on the table in no time! Our Chicken with Creamed Spinach and Rice is full of protein and vitamins. In addition to its nutritional benefits, this dish is super tasty. Add mac and cheese to the ensemble to create a miniature feast at the table.

Flank Steak and Green Beans

Our flank steak with green beans will have your mouth watering in no time. Shallots and butter make this dish flavorful with every forkful. To add a creamy substance to the mix, bring in mac and cheese as a side dish.

Put Your Chef Skills to the Test

Making new recipes doesn't have to be intimidating or costly. At Jow, we're happy to introduce you to easy recipes that taste incredible. 

We pride ourselves on trying out all of our recipes, so you end up with the perfect combination of ingredients. We also aim to make our recipes easy and quick, with less than six ingredients and less than 30 minutes needed in the kitchen.

We also help out with the shopping so you can have more fun in the kitchen! Use our personal grocery shopper and tell us how many people are in your household. We can customize your shopping list to ensure you have enough cheese and noodles (and anything else) to make dinner for your family.

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