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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Southern-Style Mac 'n' Cheese
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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
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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.
Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese with Baby Kale
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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.
Pimiento Mac and Cheese
Melissa Clark’s cheesy and warming Pimiento Mac and Cheese is the perfect dinner for a cold night. Combining fresh jalapenos and jarred pimientos, Clark’s Mac and Cheese is lightly spicy and rich with a combination of cheddar and cream cheese. Adjust the spice level by seeding and stemming the jalapeno if you’d like a milder taste. Slideshow: More Macaroni and Cheese Recipes 
Pickled Pepper Macaroni and Cheese
Crispy panko breadcrumbs add crunch to this rich and cheesy pasta casserole. Slideshow: More Macaroni and Cheese Recipes 
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Mac and Cheese Bites
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Nothing beats the homemade stuff, but for these crispy mac and cheese bites, two 7-ounce boxes of your favorite purchased mac and cheese will yield the 5 cups needed here. Slideshow: More Macaroni and Cheese Recipes 
Mac and Cheese with Cracker Crumble
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To create a mac and cheese with the silky consistency of Velveeta, but using a flavorful, aged cheddar, chefs and brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio add sodium citrate to bind their cheese sauce. “Sodium citrate will be your new best friend for cheese sauces,” says Bryan. “It gives you that creamy, melty, gooey texture, but with nutty, sharp cheeses that don’t typically melt smoothly.” Think of the nacho cheese possibilities! Slideshow: More Macaroni and Cheese Recipes 

Macaroni and Cheese with Jalapeños and Bacon

You could, of course, top this macaroni and cheese with store-bought salsa, but it takes only minutes to make your own. Slideshow: More Macaroni and Cheese Recipes