Macaroni and cheese is the best comfort food – it’s also a meal that you know your kids will love every time you make it. There are countless recipes for the delicious dish, but many of them are time consuming and difficult. We understand how busy life can be – and we want to make sure you’re not wasting time with extensive recipes that leave you stressed out.

For that reason, we’ve compiled this list of incredibly tasty mac and cheese dishes that can be prepared – start to finish – in under 30 minutes. How’s that for efficient?

Take a look at the 7 recipes below and decide which one your family would like the best.

*Click on the images to view the full recipes.

7. Spicy Sausage Mac and Cheese

What’s better than traditional macaroni and cheese? Mac and cheese with spicy sausage – that’s what! This easy, stove-top recipe is loaded with spicy sausage and sweet cherry tomatoes.

Prep Time: 5 Min | Cook Time: 20 Min


6. Taco Mac and Cheese

This delicious mac and cheese was inspired by a couple of guilty pleasure boxed dinners, but it’s made from scratch and tastes a lot better. It’s spicy and creamy and loaded with flavor!

Prep Time: 5 Min | Cook Time: 15 Min


5. Three Cheese Macaroni Casserole

Looking for a traditional mac and cheese dish that you can make it under 30 minutes isn’t exactly the easiest task. Luckily, we’re here to help! This delicious dish uses three different types of mouth-watering cheese, making it one of the most popular recipes on our site.

Prep Time: 10 Min | Cook Time 20 Min


4. Italian Mac and Cheese

Rest assured, you won’t find this macaroni and cheese in any box! Sweet roasted tomatoes and salty salami are stirred up with pasta in a creamy, cheesy sauce flavored with wine and pesto. Try replacing the salami with pepperoni, pancetta or prosciutto.

Prep Time: 10 Min | Cook Time: 20 Min


3. Fancy Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese is about as far from the blue box stuff as you can get. The sauce is a decadent combination of garlic and herb cheese and cream, with chicken and bacon stirred in at the end. Add some fresh rosemary, and it’s downright heavenly.

Prep Time: 5 Min | Cook Time: 20 Min


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2. Baked Zucchini Mac and Cheese

Those of us with picky eaters know how hard it can be to get kids to eat their green vegetables. Sneaking veggies into a kid favorite like mac and cheese is a perfect way to trick them into eating things they wouldn’t normally. In this recipe, shredded zucchini is baked right into mac and cheese. It’s delicious, and your kids will gobble it up!

Prep Time: 10 Min | Cook Time: 20 Min


1. Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese

In this stove-top version of macaroni and cheese, bacon and broccoli are stirred in for added texture and flavor. You can use any vegetable(s) you like for this recipe. Add in as many as you can; stirring them in macaroni and cheese is a great way to get kids to eat their veggies!

Prep Time: 5 Min | Cook Time 15 Min

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