Mac and cheese is classic comfort food. It's what your mom would make you when you had a bad day at school. But what to serve with mac and cheese? This article will provide some great ideas for what to serve with mac and cheese. If you want the perfect side dish for your mac and cheese, keep reading!
A lot of people think of mac and cheese as a side dish. Mac and cheese can be served as the main dish depending on how you prepare it. Mac and cheese do not just have to contain pasta and cheese. You can mix it up and add other ingredients to your mac and cheese. Adding protein like different sources of meat into it, makes a full and complete meal all on its own.
Our family loves mac and cheese, I mean who doesn't? We love to switch up how we prepare it. Some recipes are simple, some are more complex. They all are comfort food and hit the spot! Some of our favorite mac and cheese recipes are bacon mac and cheeseburger, smoked mac and cheese with lobster, bbq mac and cheese, slow cooker bacon mac and cheese, easy rosemary macaroni and cheese, skillet mac and cheese with bacon, and jalapeno ranch mac and cheese.
When serving mac and cheese as the main dish, you should serve it with a side. There are endless possibilities of what to serve with mac and cheese. Some side dishes that go great with mac and cheese are green beans, mashed potatoes, french fries, salad, or soup. If you have a small family then what to serve with mac and cheese is easy. You can just serve whatever sounds good at the moment!
WHY YOU SHOULD SERVE SIDES WITH THIS RECIPE
There are a few reasons why you should serve sides with mac and cheese. The first reason is that it can add more variety to your meal. If you just have mac and cheese, then it might get old after a while. Variety is the spice of life! The second reason is that it can make the meal more filling. Adding some sides to your mac and cheese will make you feel more satisfied after eating. You won't be left feeling hungry or wanting more. The last reason is that it can add nutrition to the meal. Some sides are packed with nutrients that are good for you!
So, what to serve with mac and cheese? There are endless possibilities! Just find something that you and your family enjoy. We have a list of recipes that our family loves to make and serve with mac and cheese. If you are looking for something new to serve with your mac and cheese check out these recipes.
These oven-baked beef ribs will make your mouth water with anticipation. You've never had tender, fall right off the bone meat before!
This recipe for Easy Hamburger Pinwheels or Cheeseburger Roll-Ups will show you how to cook up a storm with ground beef, bacon, and cheese.
This dish is a meal in itself! The best part about it? You can customize your flavors to whatever you like, whether that means extra mushrooms or not.
This St. Louis style spare ribs recipe takes all flavor components and allows the ingredients to work in concert so it plays like a symphony, with an additional dimension that you can't quite put your finger on - but is really appealing for those seeking more than what's expected from them as well!
The most delicious and easy-to-make meatloaf is now a reality. All you will need for this recipe are store-bought ingredients so that there's no excuse not to try out our BBQ sauce-coated loaf today!
You're in for a treat with these slow cooker oven bbq ribs! They're tender, juicy, and fall off the bone. The best part is that you can prepare them on either your grill or barbecued outdoors - whichever one better fits into your schedule.
A true comfort food classic, Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy is one of those dishes you can't have enough of. The best part about this homemade recipe? You'll be making it at home in no time thanks to our easy-to-follow steps!
This Cheesy Taco Meatloaf recipe is a go-to for those nights when you don't have time to cook. It's so easy and tastes fantastic, no matter what ground meat or sauce flavorings are used!
I love ribs, especially the smokey kind. Try this incredible spicy dry rub recipe to make your next batch of baby back rib tastes like they were cooked by a professional!
Get ready to stuff your face with this mouthwatering, juicy Steak Sandwich. This recipe is LOADED with flavor and topped off nicely by fresh ingredients that are sure to please any palette!
The Best Bacon Wrapped Pork Meatloaf is the ultimate dish for your favorite bacon lover! It has a filling of ground pork and other meats with tons of salty goodness wrapped in breading on top.
The How to Smoke Hamburgers recipe is a complete guide on how you can smoke burgers and make them juicy, flavorful with just the right amount of crispiness.
This smoker-friendly dish is perfect for those who love the classic flavor of beef ribs, but find them too tough or time consuming to make at home. This recipe has everything you could ever want in a rib meal!
The easiest way to make short ribs is using your Instant Pot. Let them cook until they're fall-off-the bone tender and you'll enjoy a delicious dinner with minimal effort!
The perfect recipe for mac and cheese lovers who want a new twist on this favorite dish, these crispy mac and cheese burgers with bacon will not disappoint. They're great as an appetizer or enjoyed at any party!
A London Broil is a delicious, tender cut of beef that can be cooked in many ways. For this recipe we'll show you how to cook the meat on both broil and BBQ or grill so it's not only tasty but also has great texture!
Hamburgers are one of those food that is loved by many people. This Air Fryer Hamburgers recipe will show you how to cook the patties in your own home!
Herbed-Garlic Sous Vide Lamb Rack is the best rack of lamb you have ever had. This rich and flavorful dish will be sure to impress even picky eaters!
This keto Instant Pot meatloaf recipe is the best thing you'll ever put in your mouth. With all of that classic flavor and none of those pesky carbs, this easy dish will have everyone at home asking for seconds!
Baked meatloaf burgers are a delicious and different way to serve fresh-made, or use up your leftovers. It’s easy enough that even an amateur cook can do it! Formed into patties or sliced then baked with barbecue sauce on top - these bad boys will totally fill you up for dinner tonight.
These Easy Slow Cooker Bacon Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches are so tasty and easy to make. They're served in a toasted bun with cheese, or on top of either rice or pita bread for those who want their burger dipped!
You're looking for a tasty yet healthy dinner recipe? Look no further than this simple dish of sweet and sour spareribs. To get started all you need are some pork ribs covered in homemade sauce broiled slowly until they're tender then baked until hot throughout!
The best and easiest recipe for country style ribs in a slow cooker. The perfect side or appetizer, these tasty pork spareribs will be fan-glued to your taste buds!
The bacon wrapped air fryer pork tenderloin is just as juicy, delicious and flavorful on the inside with an herb mix that will have your mouth watering for more. The outer layer might be enough to make any self-respecting meat lover happy though since it features smoky flavors like none other!
These baked garlic parmesan meatballs are a tasty and easy appetizer recipe that will please any palate. They can be enjoyed with beef, chicken or turkey for an exciting spin on the classic Italian dish!
The Best Broccoli Salad is a must-have for any picnic. It's so good, you'll want to eat it every day! The dressing has just enough sweetness from raisins and onions that counteracts the bitterness of broccoli with its saltiness complemented by apples or pears (or both!)
The best one pot meatball stroganoff recipe requires only a few simple ingredients, and it's always delicious! I love making this dish when we have friends over. Fresh or frozen balls work perfectly in my favorite comfort food classic- you can't go wrong with these babies on your table for days.
We always have a blast when we make our Sweet and Sour Meatballs! It doesn't matter if it's dinner or lunch, these go great with rice. Plus they're easy-peasy because all you need to do is mix up some sauce then throw them into the slow cooker.
You're going to love these tasty buffalo chicken meatballs! Making them in your slow cooker is easy, and it doesn't require much time. The best part: they have all the flavor without any work for you at all.
If you're looking for an easy and delicious dish, try the Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs. These sweet rolls of goodness will have your mouth watering in seconds! They are great as a starter or even dinner appitizer to spice up any night with flavor that'll leave everyone satisfied from start till end.
These perfect meatballs are moist, flavorful and full of garlic parmesan cheese! They come out just the way you like them.
Smoking meatballs is easy, and the perfect candidate for a slow cooked dish. These smoked balls are cooked to perfection then smothered in spiced red sauce that will have your mouthwatering before you can even take one bite!
The perfect corn muffin recipe that's sure to satisfy your every craving. Whether you like it hot with jalapenos or not at all, these homemade goodies are The One!
The easiest way to cook a pork tenderloin is wrapped in prosciutto! The flavor from the garlic and Italian bacon are perfect together.
This Skillet Roasted Broccoli recipe is a total winner! The technique used to cook the veggies in one pan makes for easy cleanup and leaves plenty of room on your kitchen countertop.
Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Tenderloin will make your meat fall off the bone, and it's so easy to do! This delicious pork roast requires just 6 ingredients.
Grandma's Coleslaw is the perfect side dish for any occasion. With a tangy, creamy flavor that will floor your taste buds and fresh vegetables in every bite you take makes this simple yet sophisticated dish one everyone must try!
The best way to make a stunning Jalapeno Coleslaw is easy and simple. This recipe will add some spice for your next outdoor gathering or potluck, but it's also great eaten in place of traditional slaws at any time!
Smoked hot dogs are so easy to make and taste delicious. Your entire family is going to love these smoked hotdogs, I'm here teach how you can easily create your own at home with just a few ingredients!
Slow Cooker Italian Barbecue Pork Chops are a must for any occasion. Simply melt in the mouth, slow cooker perfection that only requires 5 ingredients! Serve these delicious chops with your favorite side such as mashed potatoes or noodles to create an unforgettable dish-even if it's just dinner tonight.
There is something about the combination of garlic, mustard and parmesan that just takes pork chops over the top. I like to make my own crunchy panko crust for maximum flavor but store bought versions work fine too!
What're more classic and hot dogs and mac and cheese? Get even cheesier with these hot dogs stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon!
We love this delicious Glazed Hawaiian Pork Roll! It is a quick and easy recipe made with ground pork, bacon or ham; pineapple rings for that sweet flavor you crave in your mouth.
Pork and Bean Burritos or Mexican Pork Wraps are quick, easy to make dinners that can be frozen for later. They're versatile too! Add in any vegetables you have on hand to customize your dish- maybe an onion?
Tired of the same old boring fried food? Then try air frying! This popcorn chicken is crispy on the outside and tender inwards. It's so good, you'll want to make it again tonight too 🙂
This easy skillet fried pork chop recipe will show you how to make the best pan seared or oven roasted bone in chicken breasts with no flour.
With the Air Fryer, you can have a ribeye steak that is tender and cooked to your liking in no time. These meaty steaks come out perfectly every single time!
Kick back and enjoy this delicious Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pan Fried Pork Chops recipe. It's an easy stove top method for frying up some tasty chops that'll have your mouth watering.
What could be more delicious than pan frying pork chops and making them extra special with a Greek-inspired twist? This recipe will show you how!
Quick and easy Air Fryer Shredded Chicken Tacos are the perfect dinner recipe for those busy weeknights. These flavorful, speedy taqueria classics can be ready in just 15 minutes!
The air fryer's ability to cook food in an efficient and healthy manner makes it a popular kitchen appliance. This particular porterhouse steak is perfectly cooked, so juicy that even your eating experience will be enjoyable!
Meet the most delicious fried food you'll ever taste--Maple Mustard Glazed Pork Chops! They're made by frying on your stove top and they come with a mouth-watering sauce that's perfect for dipping or glazing other foods, too.
This is a delicious dish to enjoy on those lazy days when you just want something easy and tastes great. The fried balsamic tomato pork chops are cooked with tomatoes, feta cheese in olive oil for an extra rich flavor that will have your taste buds thanking me later!
This Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu will make you crave the simple recipe time and again. Put your fryer to work for this delicious, yet satisfying meal!
Air fryer fried chicken thighs are a great and easy dinner. The meaty, but tender texture will make you forget all about fast food take-out!
TAKE MAC AND CHEESE TO THE NEXT LEVEL
There are so many different ways to enjoy mac and cheese, but we’ve got a few of our favorites. First, try adding some roasted vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower for a bit of crunch.
If you want something a little heartier, try browning ground beef or turkey and mixing it in. If you’re looking for something a bit more flavorful, try sautéing some bacon and adding it in.
Lastly, if comfort food is what you crave, take the classic route with creamy macaroni mixed with an entire stick of butter melted on top. You can never go wrong there!
In the end, it's up to you what kind of mac and cheese dish that you cook. Maybe you'll want to try a new recipe from this blog post or maybe your family has a favorite one. But either way, if there is anything we hope for in this world, it’s more macaroni and cheese dishes soon! So go ahead and give these other recipes a whirl next time you have friends over - they're delicious too!