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Mac and cheese recipes: Slow-cooker, stovetop and baked

Ah, mac and cheese — it's the ultimate comfort food, pleasing to kids and adults alike. It can be simple (just cheddar, butter and some elbow pasta) or super-fancy (lobster mac!), but it's always incredibly satisfying. Whether you like your macaroni and cheese old-school or dolled up with pulled pork, mustard, peas, mushrooms, exotic cheeses or other goodies (or even vegan!), we have a recipe for you! Here are 11 ooey, gooey and oh-so-satisfying macaroni and cheese recipes to try.

Buffalo Mac and Cheese

If you like Buffalo chicken wings, you're going to love Billy Dec's delicious mac and cheese made with hot sauce, Parmesan, cheddar-Jack, Gorgonzola and blue cheeses.

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Make classic mac and cheese even easier with your slow-cooker — and even tastier with the addition of bacon.

Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

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Decadent dishes: Loaded stovetop mac & cheese, garlic monkey bread

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Decadent dishes: Loaded stovetop mac & cheese, garlic monkey bread

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Pinterest guru Alejandra Ramos suggests serving mac and cheese two ways: Stir in all of the toppings or serve the pasta with the toppings on the side so everyone can just make up his or her own ideal bowl.

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Fancy Pants Mac-n-Cheese
Fancy Pants Mac-n-Cheese
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A blend of cheeses plus prosciutto dress up classic mac and cheese.

Baked Sweet Potato Macaroni and Cheese

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Make Nigella Lawson's sweet potato macaroni and cheese

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Sweet potatoes (rather than a mystery powder) give baked mac and cheese its bright orange color in this recipe from domestic goddess Nigella Lawson.

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Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

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Yum! Make Sunny Anderson's pulled pork mac and cheese

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Sunny Anderson has a decadent way to feed a crowd: a casserole that combines mac and cheese with pulled pork (and the pork is prepped in a slow cooker so it's easy-peasy!).

Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Mushrooms

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Mac and cheese with mushrooms: Make it on your stovetop

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Bring some complexity and depth of flavor to the classic dish with mushrooms, Dijon mustard, thyme and two types of cheese: Fontina and Parmesan.

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Creamy Smoked Mac 'n' Cheese
 Kimberly Schlapman, of  Little Big Town, cooks up a one-skillet southern comfort meal: rosemary porck chops and creamy smoked mac 'n' cheese
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Mix things up and use smoked cheddar or gouda to give loads of flavor to creamy mac and cheese.

Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Sandwich

Can you waffle mac n' cheese? Oh yes! Use leftovers to make these "waffle" sandwiches filled with even more cheese.

Macaroni and Cheese Spring Rolls

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Use mac and cheese leftovers as a spring roll filling and you're sure to have a new cocktail party favorite.

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TODAY contributor Joy Bauer lightens up mac and cheese with low-fat dairy and butternut squash and may be even tastier than the classic version.

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