Taste buds vary, but I think there is one thing we can all agree upon: nothing stretches as far as your smile does when you see a good cheese stretch. Whether it's in a pasta dish, a grilled cheese sandwich, mac n' cheese, or a pizza slice, that melty pull apart is utter perfection. 

Everyone can appreciate the beauty in some cheesy goodness, but only die-hard cheese lovers know how to savor this salty, satisfying comfort. Crispy, melty, or gooey, cheese is delicious in any form. here are 25 chees recipes to show just that.

1. Cheese-Encrusted Grilled Cheese

cheese, pie, sweet, pastry, cake, meat
Kylie Kinder

Yep, you read that correctly. Bits of cheese that get all gooey on the inside plus all crispy in the pan on the outside to get that crunch.

2. Mac ‘n Cheese Pizza

Combining cheese, pizza, and pasta—all three of your favorite foods in one dish. 

3. Bacon Mashed Potato Cheese Bombs

cheddar, potato, cheese, egg, bacon
Amy Erikson

These bombs will legitimately blow up your taste buds (but hopefully not your cholesterol levels). If you're looking for some greasy, cheesy, bacon-filled potato goodness, you've found it.

4. Baked Brie

dough, sweet, cheese, dairy product, bread, pastry
Emily Chandel

Whoever thought to wrap cheese in carbs and bake it into a rich, melty, savory snack should be applauded.

5. Chicken Pesto Pasta Bake

ricotta, herb, spinach, cheese, pasta, sauce, vegetable
Ellen Gibbs

Cheesy pasta doesn't always have to be your standard mac n' cheese. Try adding some pesto and chicken to take it to a whole new level.

6. Cheese Straws

breadstick, chicken, bread, french fries, meat
Christina Cala

Upgrade your snack game with this grown-up version of Cheez-Its that are buttery, crispy and just a little spicy with a rich cheddar flavor.

7. Dark Chocolate, Strawberry, And Brie Grilled Cheese

peanut, peanut butter, cheese, sandwich, butter, bacon
Lucy Rubin

The classic grilled cheese has gone sweet with roasted strawberries, dark chocolate, and melty brie that will make you reconsider if you prefer its savory counterpart. 

8. Chili Mac & Cheese

pasta, meat, cheese, sauce, macaroni
Maxwell Faucher

Upgrade the standard mac n' cheese with another all-time favorite comfort food: chili. Complete with onions, spices, ground beef and tomato sauce.

9. French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese

cheddar, bacon, cheese
Amanda Shulman

Skip the soup and sandwich combo and create this hybrid instead. Mixing gruyere cheese and caramelized onions in this grilled cheese is sufficient to satisfy those cravings.

10. Cheesy Broccoli Spaghetti Squash Boats

pizza, chicken, vegetable, meat, bread, cheese
Shruti Thundiyil

Looking for comfort food without the heaviness? Try this cheesy broccoli pasta that give you that same soothing taste without sacrificing healthy choices.

11. Egg & Cheese Bread Bowl

garlic, garlic bread, cheese, bread
Elyse Belarge

Perfect for those Sunday afternoons where you're craving brunch but are too lazy to put in the effort. Best part? It's easily customizable, so pile 'em up with your favorite fillings.

12. Savory and Sweet Grilled Cheese

Jayna Goldstein

A true cheese lover knows that cheese can be appreciated in all forms, even with a bit of sweet twist. From apple and cheddar

to caramel apple and even pumpkin spice, these grilled cheeses captivate those fragrant fall flavors

13. Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese

chicken, sandwich, spinach
Tess Wei

Another solid combination of two comforts. Grilled cheese and spinach and artichoke dip make up this creamy creation.

14. Cheesy Shrimp Nachos

seafood, sauce, shrimp, vegetable, meat
Katherine Richter

Tired of your go-to quesadillas and nachos? Perk up your normal munchies with some added protein.

15. Sweet Potato Bacon Mac n’ Cheese

spaghetti, penne, sauce, macaroni, pasta
Kelda Balijon

Switch your average cheese sauce with this healthy alternative. You won't think twice about skipping the cheese with this creamy sauce made from mashed sweet potatoes and nutritional yeast (plus it can easily be converted to please your vegan friends!).

16. Monte Cristo

toast, meat, cheese, sandwich, bread, ham
Jennifer Cao

When you're eating brunch and can't decide between a sweet dish like French toast and a savory breakfast sandwich, have the best of both worlds with this rich, indulgent temptation.

17. Vegan Garlic Mac and “Cheese”

cheese, wheat, pasta, macaroni
Eleanor Challenger

Cruelty-free? Comfort-filed? Sign me up for this flavorful sauce packed full of onions, garlic, cashews and cumin.

18. Fried Cheese Sandwich with Garlicky Herb and Lemon Mayo

Heather Harris

Apparently the Czech diet includes a lot of meat, potatoes, cabbage, and cheese. If you're looking to expand your cheese horizons, try this cultural staple.

19. Caprese Grilled Cheese

bread, sandwich, bacon, meat, cheese
Abigail Wilkins

Bring out the Italian food lover in you with this take on a traditional Caprese salad, complete with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. It's best complemented by balsamic vinegar for dipping.

20. Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Risotto

rice, vegetable, risotto
Vedika Luthra

Looking for a heartier Italian meal instead? Experiment with this popular way of cooking rice. Rich in wine, broth, and butter, this pasta-like dish builds upon layers of creamy and cheesy flavors.

21. Goat Cheese Chicken Meatballs

dairy product, meat, basil, cheese, tomato, vegetable
Shalayne Pulia

Skip sprinkling cheese on top of your meatballs. Take it one step further with this recipe and stuff them with goat cheese for a sweet surprise compared to the simple basil sauce.

22. Breakfast Lasagna

Die-hard cheese lovers find every way possible to incorporate it into every meal, even breakfast. Because what's a better way to wake up than with some cheesy goodness?

23. Tater Tot Grilled Cheese

No need to share some of your tots this time, Napoleon. You don't have to worry about what there is to eat, because you can have

your tots with some cheese, bacon, and jalapeño stuffed inside that's better than making yourself a dang quesa-diluh.

24. Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

pork, sauce, chicken, meat
Luna Zhang

This garlic bread recipe is the proper way for cheese lovers to play with their food and pull that cheese apart in a more socially acceptable manner.

25. Cheese Fondue

cream, soup, vegetable
Parisa Soraya

And last but not least, let the real star stand alone and brighten any plain dipping options like apples, chips, bread or broccoli florets.