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12 Leftover Mac and Cheese Recipes

12 flavorful and yummy leftover mac and cheese recipes to use up your favorite cheesy and creamy dinner!

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Leftover Mac and Cheese Recipes collage (shepherds pie, pepperoni casserole, mac and cheese bites)

Leftover Mac and Cheese is a regular occurrence in our house with young kids. We have started getting super creative on how to use our leftovers so it’s not the same old thing every night.

Plus, macaroni and cheese can lose its cheesy flavor the next night and you need something with more flavors to bring it back to life!

I’ve put together 12 leftover mac and cheese recipes to make dinner that much more enjoyable – and easy to make! Just make extras and enjoy these recipes the day after.

How Long is Leftover Mac and Cheese Good For?

Macaroni and cheese will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days when properly stored in an airtight container.

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How to Make Leftover Mac and Cheese Creamy Again

Macaroni and cheese can lose a lot of its flavor the next day, so it’s important to turn it back creamy and flavorful when eating it as leftovers.

The best way to revive mac and cheese is to do 2 things when reheating it:

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of butter (more if reheating a bunch)
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of milk per plate of mac and cheese

You can also add additional shredded cheddar cheese to add more of a cheesy flavor the next day.

Add these before reheating for the best results.

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12 Creamy Leftover Mac and Cheese Recipes

Delicious and flavorful ways to use up leftover mac and cheese for your next dinner!

Collage of leftover mac and cheese recipes (donut, shepherds pie, and pepperoni casserole)

12 Leftover Mac and Cheese Recipes

Samantha Erb
12 delicious and flavorful ways to use up leftover mac and cheese.
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 679 kcal


  • 4 Acorn Squashes
  • 5 tablespoons of butter divided
  • 4 cups of leftover mac and cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of milk more if needed


  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Breadcrumbs


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut tops of acorn squash off. Scoop out seeds and pulp leaving about 1-2
    inches on the sides and bottom. Place acorn squashes on a baking sheet.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the microwave then use a basting brush to spread butter on top and inside of each acorn squash.
  • Bake squash for 40-50 minutes, until tender with a fork.
  • While the acorn squash is baking, reheat the macaroni and cheese by adding in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and milk, then reheat in the microwave, stirring a few times when cooking.
  • Remove the acorn squash from the oven, scoop 1 cup of macaroni and cheese into each acorn squash and enjoy!
  • Optional: Top with breadcrumbs, shredded cheddar cheese, and broil for 2 minutes, if desired.


Serving: 1gCalories: 679kcalCarbohydrates: 83gProtein: 15gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 3gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 893mgFiber: 12gSugar: 9g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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I’ve always had a love of cooking and creating new recipes, so it only made sense to create a food blog so I could share those recipes with you. This site is designed to provide easy and flavorful recipes with as little ingredients as possible. That means you still get great flavor combinations without all that extra time and effort. Read more...

6 thoughts on “12 Leftover Mac and Cheese Recipes”

    • Yes, it’s a variation of a mac and cheese recipe, the acorn squash serves as a bowl in that particular recipe. However if you wanted to just make the mac and cheese part and forget the acorn squash bowl that’s totally up to you.

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