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Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods - and I am pretty sure I am not the only one. The basics of mac and cheese are this: you need some form of pasta, cheese, and something to make a creamy sauce.

The Pasta: When I think of this dish, I think of elbow macaroni. It's what I grew up with and it's what is typically in the packaged mixes. You can, however, use a whole variety of pastas to make this whether it's for personal preference or out of necessity if nothing else is available. Short, thick pasta shapes work best, like rotini, ziti, rigatoni, etc. You can use long noodles like spaghetti but I recommend breaking them up to make eating it easier.

The Cheese: The absolute plethora of cheeses that are used in the various recipes here is what makes this dish so versatile (and probably so well loved). For the cheesy sauce you want a good meltable cheese like Cheddar or Monterey Jack, or use a processed cheese like American or Velveeta brand. But you don't have to stop there, you can add in plenty of others like Asiago, Parmesan, ricotta, etc., to dress it up even more.

The Sauce: You don't just melt cheese and mix it with the pasta, you need something to thin it out a bit and make it saucy. Milk, cream, and evaporated milk are all commonly used ingredients to accomplish this. Some recipes call for creamy canned soup to achieve the same results - either using a canned cheese soup, or something like cream of mushroom.

There are two primary ways to cook the dish: in the oven, or on the stovetop. Oven baking it can give it a nice crust on top. To keep it more on the creamy side, bake it in a deeper baking dish. To make it crusty, bake it in a shallow, wide dish. Even if you cook it on the stovetop you can still give it a crust by placing it in a broiler-proof baking dish, topping with buttered bread crumbs, and placing it under the broiler until browned.

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Sweetie Pie's Macaroni And Cheese
This recipe has a 5 star rating31 reviews 5 comments


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As featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, the famous mac and cheese from Sweetie Pie's.

 
oven, stovetop


Southern Style Baked Macaroni and Cheese
This recipe has a 5 star rating9 reviews 1 comment


photography by Marchet Butler
photo: marchetbutler

Made with salt and pepper, milk, eggs, elbow macaroni, Sharp cheddar cheese, dry mustard

 
stovetop


Macaroni & Cheese For 100
This recipe has a 5 star rating22 reviews 5 comments


Macaroni & Cheese For 100

Made with Cheddar cheese, elbow macaroni, velveeta cheese, margarine, flour, milk, salt, black pepper

 
oven, stovetop


Patti LaBelle's Mac and Cheese
This recipe has a 5 star rating58 reviews 5 comments


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photo: lissaharn

Made with vegetable oil, elbow macaroni, butter, Muenster cheese, Cheddar cheese, cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, half & half, Velveeta

 
oven, stovetop


Macaroni and Cheese for a Crowd
This recipe has a 5 star rating10 reviews 6 comments


Macaroni and Cheese for a Crowd

Made with milk, Colby cheese, elbow macaroni, Cheddar cheese, flour, salt, white pepper, butter, bread crumbs

 
stovetop, oven


All Day Macaroni and Cheese
This recipe has a 4 star rating14 reviews 2 comments


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Homestyle mac and cheese made with elbow macaroni, cheddar cheese, evaporated milk, regular milk, and eggs.

 
crock pot


Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese
This recipe has a 5 star rating3 reviews


Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese

Made with Parmesan cheese, elbow macaroni, butter, flour, milk, dry mustard, salt, black pepper, ground red pepper, sharp Cheddar cheese

 
oven, stovetop


Cheesy Macaroni And Hot Dogs
This recipe has a 5 star rating3 reviews


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Made with bread crumbs, hot dogs, Cheddar cheese, elbow macaroni pasta, butter or margarine, onion, all-purpose flour, salt, evaporated milk, American cheese

 
oven, stovetop


OK Cafe's Triple Cheese Macaroni
This recipe has a 5 star rating2 reviews


OK Cafe's Triple Cheese Macaroni

Made with ranch salad dressing mix, elbow macaroni, eggs, whole milk, half and half, heavy cream, parsley, sugar, cayenne pepper, sea salt

 
oven, stovetop


Basic Macaroni and Cheese
This recipe has a 5 star rating3 reviews


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photo: Mshelms

Made with milk, macaroni pasta, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and/or CoJack cheese, salt and pepper, butter or margarine, flour

 
stovetop, oven


Mini Mac And Cheese Bites
This recipe has a 5 star rating2 reviews


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Made with elbow macaroni, butter, Spanish paprika, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, all-purpose flour, mayo, milk, Cheddar cheese, American cheese, egg yolk

 
stovetop, oven


3 Layer Baked Mac-N-Cheese

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Made with elbow macaroni pasta, cheese, flour, milk, oil, butter

 
oven, stovetop



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