Macaroni and Cheese

Whether we grew up on mac and cheese from a box or from our mothers' recipe files, there's no doubt this cheesy, baked blend is an ultimate lunchtime comfort food. Experiment with variations on mac and cheese, and enjoy the lunches (and naps afterward) that result when you serve everyone's favorite comfort food.

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How to Make Macaroni and Cheese

Sometimes the best medicine after a stressful day is a big bowl of comfort food. You know the kind--the lip-smacking, grown-up versions of childhood favorites that can never be beaten by fancier meals. Macaroni and cheese oozes comfort, but don't be tempted to reach for a box. Cheese powder? Really? You can do better than that! Real, made-from-scratch macaroni and cheese is easy to make, and it produces the perfect dose of home-cooked comfort after a hard day.

How to Bake Macaroni and Cheese

There's perhaps nothing more American than learning how to bake macaroni and cheese. Whether it's for a summer barbecue or a winter comfort meal, macaroni and cheese is a crowd pleaser for all seasons.

Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Family Circle

Cottage cheese lends a tanginess to the cheddar cheese sauce in this rendition of the well-loved side dish casserole. A Parmesan and crumb topping further enhances the cheesiness.

How to Make Baked Mac and Cheese

When it comes to down-home cooking, nothing compares to macaroni and cheese, crisp on top with melted cheesy goodness on the inside. This classic recipe for how to make baked mac and cheese is wonderful on its own, but even better with some suggested add-ins.

Cajun Mac and Cheese

Better Homes and Gardens

Spice up a classic. The hot pepper sauce and garlic flavors heat up the warm macaroni and cheese favorite.

Macaroni and Brie with Crab

Better Homes and Gardens

Looking for a delicious pasta dish? Try this easy to make twist on the traditional macaroni and cheese recipe.

ABC Mac & Cheese

Midwest Living

This creamy baked macaroni casserole uses American, blue, and cheddar cheeses.

Total: 45 mins

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Better Homes and Gardens

The nutrient-rich combination of pumpkin and walnuts give this comfort food classic a boost in both flavor and texture. Nutty Fontina and sharp Parmesan cheese supply all the creamy decadence you crave. When boiling pasta for baked dishes, review the time range provided in the package instructions and boil for the minimum time -- pasta will continue to soften in the oven.

Macaroni 'n' Cheese

Better Homes and Gardens

A hit since 1949, this award-winning baked macaroni and cheese recipe is extra-creamy thanks to the cream of mushroom soup.

Organic White Mac and Cheese

Family Circle

Avoid all of the artificial ingredients in boxed macaroni mixes by stirring together this easy homemade recipe. The extreme creaminess comes from four varities of cheese!

Cheesy Mac with Squash Carrot or Cauliflower

Parents

Vegetable puree keeps this macaroni and cheese nice and creamy despite the fact that is has less cheese than traditional recipes. You won't even notice the cheddar MIA!

South Indian-Style Macaroni and Cheese

Better Homes and Gardens

For an Indian twist on macaroni and cheese, try this delicious casserole recipe that includes Asiago and cheddar cheeses.

Macaroni and Cheese

Fitness

A whopping two cups of carrots are disguised in this creamy yet calorie-conscious baked mac and cheese.

Total: 30 mins

Chipotle Mac and Cheese

Family Circle

Chipotle seasoning spices up this macaroni and cheese casserole while diced ham turns it into a main-dish recipe.

Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

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Elevate boxed macaroni and cheese by adding extra cheddar and cream cheese, a handful or peas and a crunchy cracker topping.

super-easy macaroni and cheese

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Put away the saucepan. This easy macaroni and cheese casserole cooks completely in the oven. You will need to stir it a few times during baking, and add the cheese just before serving, but the results are as creamy and cheesy as the original.

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