I'm from the Midwest, where cheese isn't just an afterthought — it's something you base your whole meals around. Soup is an excuse to eat hot cheese, bread is meant to be slathered with ooey, gooey, melted cheese, and I don't think I need to mention what the life purpose of macaroni really is. If you're looking for some cheesy inspiration for your next meal, fear not! I've asked 10 seriously awesome bloggers what their most popular recipes featuring cheese are. Head to the nearest grocery store and ravage the dairy aisle.
1. Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach Spaghetti Squash from Peas & Crayons
This is basically like a cheesy spinach dip inside of a spaghetti squash. It takes only about 10 minutes of prep and about an hour or so to cook.
2. Slow Cooker Four Cheese Mac and Cheese from Damn Delicious
Cheddar, American, cream cheese, and Parmesan, let me count the ways in which I love you ... over a bed of elbow macaroni. The fact that this is made in a slow cooker makes this recipe even more magical and easy.
3. Easy Pizza Dip from Averie Cooks
Turning pizza into a sauce is straight up brilliant. The "cheese" section is made out of cream cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Then, there's pizza sauce and pepperoni. Use pizza bread (or a spoon) to eat this dip.
4. Mom's Cottage Cheese Lasagna from Neighborfood
A giant casserole filled with meat and cheese and noodles is the most comforting of dishes. This lasagna is filled with cottage cheese (!) and Swiss cheese to get an even creamier texture.
5. French Onion Chicken from Creme de la Crumb
This recipe is so, so smart. It takes a classic soup (French onion soup) and turns it into a chicken dish. There are three cheeses on the chicken: Parmesan cheese, provolone cheese, and Swiss cheese.
6. Broccoli Cheese Soup from Cooking Classy
There are two cups of cheddar cheese and a half-cup of Parmesan cheese in this pot of soup. Sure, there are also three cups of broccoli in this soup as well, but that's beside the point.
7. Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese from Brown Eyed Baker
It wouldn't be a roundup of the cheesiest recipes on the internet if there weren't at least a couple mac and cheese recipes. And this one! Oh, this one. Just look at that cheese pull coming out of that bowl.
8. One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese from Jo Cooks
Kitchn has written about this recipe in the past, but we had to feature it again because it just looks so good. It's a love child between a hearty beef chili and a mac and cheese and we are here for it. Plus, it only takes 30 minutes to cook!
9. Philly Cheese Steak Cheesy Bread from The Recipe Critic
Make this Philly staple at home with 10 ingredients and 20 minutes.
10. Cheesy Mashed Potato Pancakes from Natasha's Kitchen
Mashed potatoes are delicious, but fried mashed potato balls with cheese are even more amazing. Cheese makes everything better.
What's your favorite cheese recipe? Let us know in the comments!