Mac and Cheese

Traditional macaroni and cheese is a casserole baked in the oven, using a mix of cheddar, Gruyere or Parmesan cheese, and topped with breadcrumbs. It's a classic comfort food, and is guaranteed to bring you back to your childhood. If you're a fan of quick and easy stovetop macaroni, upgrade from your boxed mix to this thirty-minute recipe. A rich cheese sauce made with Gruyere, white cheddar and Fontina gets mixed with elbow macaroni, and then topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano and panko before going under the broiler for two minutes. For a more sophisticated take on mac and cheese, try adding radicchio and raisins—you'll get sweetness and crunch, balancing out the super creamy Fontina. Find these recipes and more in Food & Wine's guide to mac and cheese.

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Kentucky Hot Brown Macaroni and Cheese
The Kentucky Hot Brown is a classic open-faced sandwich beloved in Kentucky. It was created by Fred Schmidt in 1926 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville and features thick Texas toast topped with slices of roast turkey, tomato and bacon and doused with Mornay sauce. Here, we took the essential components of a Hot Brown and combined them for an untraditional macaroni and cheese with the soul of the original. The halved cherry tomatoes add pops of brightness to each bite of pasta coated in the rich, creamy sauce, while a crunchy bacon and bread topping nod to the dish's origins. Be careful while cooking the Mornay sauce; keep the whisk in contact with the bottom of the pot while whisking to ensure that the sauce doesn't get lumpy or scorched.
Lobster Mac and Cheese
This decadent lobster mac and cheese has it all: A generous amount of lobster meat and a rich, three-cheese sauce made with fontina, Gruyère, and mascarpone are mixed with pasta, and baked under a crunchy topping of panko and Parmesan. The cheese sauce has a secret flavor booster. The shells are separated from the meat and cooked with aromatics, wine, milk, and cream, infusing the sauce with a surprising depth of lobster flavor. The shells are then strained out before adding the cheese in this luxurious main course dish.
Pernil Mac and Cheese
Pernil, a Puerto Rican–style roast pork shoulder, is flavored with garlic, oregano, and sazón—a seasoning blend that includes coriander and annatto. At their Durham, North Carolina, restaurant Boricua Soul, Serena and Toriano Fredericks serve this garlicky pernil on top of a rich and creamy mac and cheese. Rubbing the seasoned garlic paste into the pork and letting it rest allows the flavors to penetrate deeply into the thick roast.
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Southern-Style Mac 'n' Cheese
Rating: Unrated 11
Three different kinds of cheese—extra-sharp cheddar, Colby-Jack, and cream cheese—go into this creamy, savory macaroni and cheese recipe, which also gets layers of flavor from fresh bay leaves and dry mustard. Southern-style mac 'n' cheese is typically made with a milk-and-egg base rather than a roux. Here, the milk component is an infused milk-and-cream mixture reserved from cooking the noodles (which adds even more richness to the dish). Make this one of the starring sides at your Thanksgiving table.
Raclette-Gruyère Mac and Cheese with Pickled Shallots
Rating: Unrated 2
Inspired by älplermagronen, Alpine farmers’ macaroni, this Swiss twist on a Thanksgiving classic gets rich flavor from Gruyère and a lush creaminess from Raclette. Traditional versions of this dish are served with applesauce; as a nod to that flavor play, we’ve added some shallots that are quickly pickled in apple cider vinegar to balance the cheesy richness.

More Mac and Cheese

Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese with Baby Kale
Rating: Unrated 2
A quick sauté renders baby kale leaves perfectly tender, allowing them to almost melt into the buttermilk-enriched béchamel in chef and cookbook author Alexander Smalls' riff on mac and cheese. For a smooth sauce, make sure all of the dairy is at room temperature.
Pickled Pepper Macaroni and Cheese
Crispy panko breadcrumbs add crunch to this rich and cheesy pasta casserole. Slideshow: More Macaroni and Cheese Recipes 
Andouille Mac & Cheese

At The Heron, in Narrowsburg, New York, chef Paul Nanni grinds and smokes his own andouille sausage for supergenerous portions of Cajun-inspired macaroni and cheese. Slideshow:  More Cajun and Creole Recipes