Wondering what to serve with macaroni and cheese? Turn this classic comfort food into a soul-soothing meal with the best salads, sides, mains, and desserts to serve with mac and cheese.
Creamy, cheesy mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food that’s obviously amazing all on its own. So, how could it get any better?
By gathering friends and family around the dinner table for a delicious meal complete with tasty side dishes, but with creamy mac and cheese as the star of the show. That’s how.
What Goes with Mac and Cheese?
If you're looking for some of the best side dishes to serve with your favorite mac and cheese recipe, you can't go wrong with these classics that complement the savory flavors of mac n cheese perfectly:
- Hot dogs
- Sloppy joes
- BBQ ribs
- Simple green salad
- Potato salad
But what about … Juicy Lucy Meatballs? Or Onion Bombs? Or Ginger Ale Carrots? Never heard of them?
Well keep reading for 20 delicious and unique recipes that are sure to shake up dinnertime or your next family holiday gathering!
What to Serve with Macaroni and Cheese
Take a spin through the best sides, main course dishes, and even desserts that will make a complete meal out of mac and cheese that the whole family will love.
Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe
This garlic bread recipe is the crispiest and most garlic filled bread you’ve had! The garlic bread butter is packed with flavor and the bread is toasted to a golden brown for a buttery, garlicky, crispy garlic bread that tastes amazing with this classic pasta dish.
Best BLAT Sandwich Recipe
This BLAT sandwich recipe is a fresh take on the BLT with crispy toasted bread piled high with juicy sliced tomatoes, crisp lettuce, creamy ripe avocado and plenty of crunchy bacon. A special Ranch Balsamic Mayo elevates the flavors to a whole new level.
Spiced Tomato Soup
This spiced tomato soup is the perfect side for any creamy pasta dish, made with warming Indian spices, canned tomatoes, and freshly grated Parmesan. Make this soup in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop!
Acorn Squash Salad with Maple Dressing
This roasted acorn squash salad is drizzled with creamy maple dressing for a delicious side dish for Thanksgiving or a fall dinner.
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Cucumber Tomato Salad is a classic salad, light, cooling, and oh-so refreshing. This simple salad is made with sliced cucumbers & juicy tomatoes and enhanced with slivers of red onion and a tangy vinaigrette dressing.
2 Ingredient Ginger Ale Glazed Carrots
Tender carrots with a subtly sweet glaze…made with…ginger ale?! You better believe it!! These delicious ginger ale carrots are made with only 3 simple ingredients for an easy side dish.
Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts
These Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts will turn even the pickiest of eaters into brussels-obsessed veggie lovers with this lick-your-fingers worthy recipe.
Perfect Roasted Green Beans
These Roasted Green Beans are a delicious, simple side you can use to elevate almost any hearty dish. Truly, they're America's favorite side vegetable!
Easy and Delicious Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Spicy, crunchy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites make a healthy side dish to serve with mac and cheese. Perfect for your game day spread!
BBQ Bacon Onion Bombs
Onion bombs are big sweet onions filled with seasoned ground beef and cheese, wrapped in crispy bacon, grilled or smoked to delicious perfection, and glazed with your favorite barbecue sauce. Delicious and unforgettable side dish to serve with mac and cheese.
Mini Turkey Meatloaf
Meatloaf in 30 minutes? Yes you can with this easy mini turkey meatloaf recipe! It’s super moist, full of rich flavors (no ketchup), and everyone gets their own little meatloaf. How fun is that?
Cajun Sloppy Joes
Skip the store-bought sloppy joe mix and cook up your own, made-from-scratch Cajun Sloppy Joes. The flavor will knock your socks off and they’re ready in 30 minutes!
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
These air fryer chicken tenders are fresh chicken tenderloins coated in breadcrumbs, spices and Parmesan cheese, then air fried until golden brown and crispy. A lightened up version of classic chicken fingers with less fat and just as much flavor.
Chicken and Gravy Sandwich
Creamy Chicken and Gravy Sandwiches are easy to make and taste delicious. Chicken is cooked in a homemade gravy, ready in 30 minutes.
Juicy Lucy Meatballs
What goes well with mac and cheese? More cheese, please! These gooey cheese-stuffed beef meatballs are bathed in a spicy sweet sauce and make the perfect addition to baked macaroni and cheese.
BBQ St. Louis Ribs (Oven)
Juicy, tender BBQ St. Louis Ribs are cooked to perfection completely in the oven! They are sweet, salty, and saucy, with an irresistible caramelization on top that perfectly complements cheesy, gooey mac and cheese.
Pineapple Grilled Chicken
This Pineapple Grilled Chicken Recipe takes simple grilled chicken to the next level with the sweet and tangy marinade sauce and delicious grilled pineapples. A healthy and tasty main dish!
Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars
These Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars have a gooey rhubarb middle with a brown sugar oatmeal cookie crust and a buttery oatmeal crumble topping. Delicious warm with a scoop of ice cream!
Old fashioned Peach Cobbler is a simple recipe made with fresh peaches and a sweet biscuit topping for an easy summer dessert recipe.
Easy Pecan Pie Without Corn Syrup
This delicious, luscious Pecan Pie Without Corn Syrup will be the hit at your next holiday gathering. It’s super easy and great to make the night before for stress-free entertaining.
One Pan Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Breadcrumbs
Looking for a new way to make mac and cheese? This simple baked mac and cheese is such an easy recipe. There's no fussy cheese sauce to make or noodles to boil. Everything comes together in one large pan.
Topped with seasoned panko bread crumbs baked to crispy, crunchy perfection, it's a great recipe your family will beg you to make again and again. Get the recipe here!
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