The Cabot Cheese Board presents their favorite variations on an American culinary classic.
You would be hard pressed to find a more popular, family friendly, crowd-pleasing dish than classic Macaroni and Cheese. Its provenance goes back centuries, to the court of French kings, then on to the British Empire.In 250 years, this #comfortfood classic hasn’t changed much - but @cabotcheese knows how to mix up the #macncheese Click To Tweet
The first written recipe for this dish seems to be from a cookbook called The Experienced English Housekeeper, published in 1769. It’s a recipe not too far removed from modern day mac and cheese, consisting of a bechamel sauce with Cheddar, mixed with macaroni, sprinkled with Parmesan, then baked until bubbly and golden. Sounds familiar, right?
Fast forward 250 years, and you can see that this dish truly has staying power. And while people all over the world love this tried and true comfort food, it’s also true that famous chefs and home cooks alike are eager to experiment with the basic preparation.
The wonderful thing about macaroni and cheese is that it starts as a blank canvas and lends itself to flights of foodie fantasy. Feeling elegant? Add lobster or shrimp. Maybe you want a little healthier version. Nothing perks up the cheesy goodness more than your favorite veggies. Maybe meat’s more to your liking. Adding steak, ground beef, chicken or turkey can make a one-pot meal in minutes.
With a little culinary experimentation, you can even make exciting internationally themed versions of mac and cheese with choice ingredients. Add chorizo and salsa for a Mexican flair. In the mood for Italian? Toss your cheese covered macaroni with chopped basil and tomatoes. Adding bratwurst brings a German flair to the proceedings.
The variations on this delicious theme are almost endless. And you can see by this list of favorites from the Cabot Cheese Board, each one looks better and tastier than the next.
Click through to each of these inventive and exciting recipes to find a mac and cheese dish that’s just right for you.
We’ll start by giving props to Cheese Board member Molly Yeh, who shows us how to throw the perfect Mac & Cheese party. What a great idea, don’t you agree? I can’t think of a better way to entertain and satisfy hungry friends.
Whether you decide to throw a party for a crowd or just make it the tastiest stay-at-home night ever, here are some of the best Macaroni & Cheese recipes you’ll ever come across, gathered together in one amazing list. You can thank us later.
Here’s an easy, basic recipe from Bless This Mess:
And then, it’s off to the races, with more than forty fantastic ideas for your next mac and cheese meal.
From Nutmeg Nanny:
From The Lean Green Bean:
From the Slow Roasted Italian:
From Back to Her Roots:
From The Brown Eyed Baker:
From Good Life Eats:
From Running to the Kitchen:
From Eats Well with Others:
From Healthy Seasonal Recipes:
From Shugary Sweets:
From Bake Your Day:
From A Dash of Soul:
From The Little Kitchen:
From Rachel Cooks:
From Well Plated:
From Peas and Crayons:
From Foodness Gracious:
From Dine and Dish:
From Mel’s Kitchen Café:
From Seasonally Jane:
From Healthy Nibbles and Bits:
From Cooking with Cakes:
From Buns in My Oven:
From The Comfort of Cooking:
From Dixie Chik Cooks:
From Julie’s Eats and Treats:
From Pass the Sushi:
From Savory Simple:
From Cooking with Books:
From Meal Makeover Moms:
In addition to all these yummy dishes, be sure to visit the Cabot website where you’ll find lots more great ways to make Macaroni and Cheese.
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Candace Karu reports on all there is to discover and love about food and farming as well as communicating Cabot’s mission to support community, volunteerism, and sustainability. Whether online, on air, or in person, her job is to amplify the passion and commitment of the 1200 farm families who own Cabot. When Candace is not representing Cabot, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.