I love mac and cheese. I especially like it jazzed-up with toppings. ESPECIALLY if it’s like a build-your-own toppings bar kind of set up.
Not only is a mac and cheese bar a good way to make all the people happy, it’s easy to get your whole meal in a bowl. And when you can fit your entire meal into a single bowl, you’re winning at life.
Mix and match, use what you have on hand, or get totally wild and fancy. There’s really no way to go wrong when you’re loading up a bowl of mac and cheese!
Here are 105 topping ideas for your next mac and cheese bar:
Meats + Proteins
Roasted red pepper
Chopped green onion
Chopped red onion
Chopped fresh garlic
Charred Brussels sprouts
Sautéed green beans
Roasted butternut squash
Condiments & Sauces
Pico de gallo
Diced green chiles
Chipotles in adobo
Blue cheese crumbles
Crushed Ritz crackers
Toasted pine nuts
Crushed potato chips
Herbs and Spices
Cracked black pepper
Crushed red pepper flakes
Some favorite combinations:
Bacon + Brussels sprouts + tomato + homemade breadcrumbs
Hot dog + barbecue sauce + crushed jalapeño potato chips + sliced jalapeño
Buffalo chicken + blue cheese crumbles + green onions + cilantro
Ham + peas + crushed Ritz crackers + nutmeg
Fresh garlic + fresh basil + roasted red pepper + toasted pine nuts
If you need a mac and cheese recipe, my favorite is here.