Most mac and cheeses are made with one or two, maybe three, cheeses, and sure, they turn out plenty gooey and creamy. But what happens when you more than triple that melty, buttery goodness and stir in a whopping 10 kinds of cheeses? Richness and decadence of the best sort, of course. On this morning’s cheese-focused episode of The Kitchen, Sunny Anderson, the unofficial queen of all things mac and cheese, debuted this showstopper, with wowing results. And perhaps best of all, it’s both easy to make and shockingly easy on your wallet. Here’s how.
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Cooked on the stovetop and devoured as is, or doctored up with all kinds of additions and oftentimes baked to bubbling, crispy-on-top perfection, mac and cheese is a comfort food mainstay that both adults and kids can agree on with glee. It’s so beloved, in fact, that just about no one would argue about having it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With recipes inspired by the morning meal, a salad favorite and more, you probably could do just that, without ever tiring of it.
If you’re asking us, this breakfast-inspired mac and cheese gives you all the excuse in the world to take it with a cup of coffee. It’s super-easy to make, with store-bought hash browns serving as a crispy, satisfying topping and morsels of savory breakfast sausage being scattered throughout the whole dish.
Prep it, fill it and forget it — that’s the name of the game when it comes to the slow cooker, which allows for easy, hearty meals without constant attention. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week is one such slow-cooker standby, as it lets the machine do the work of turning macaroni, milk and rich cheddar cheese into a gooey, oh-so-creamy classic that will feed the whole family.
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Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
When you’re strapped for time on the busiest of weeknights, juggling not only your own to-do list but also that of your kids, it can seem nearly impossible to get dinner on the table in the little time you have to devote to it. But this week’s Pin of the Week is here to save supper. Ready to eat in only 10 minutes, this creamy stovetop macaroni and cheese comes together with just a handful of ingredients and boasts three kinds of indulgent cheeses — cream cheese, cheddar and American — for over-the-top richness.
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Get the Recipe: Quickest Mac and Cheese
Cream, cheese, pasta — there’s not much to dislike when it comes to classic macaroni and cheese. But to add even more flavor and an extra layer of heft, try stirring in some fresh add-ins to the mixture the next time you make it. While Ina Garten layers her casserole with sliced tomatoes and Rachael Ray showcases golden butternut squash, Food Network Magazine opts for plenty of mushrooms for hearty, earthy results.
Easy to make and full of the warming comfort you crave in macaroni and cheese, this recipe for Mini Mac and ‘Shrooms features a next-level cheese sauce that’s made with two kinds of bold cheeses: Taleggio (or Brie, if you prefer that) and pecorino. Once the buttery, creamy sauce is smooth, round out the dish with the pasta and a mix of mushrooms, including meaty creminis. For an added layer of texture, Food Network Magazine finishes each bowl of mac with buttery breadcrumbs for subtle crunch.
While some recipes require a bit of (worthwhile) finagling to make them meatless, macaroni and cheese isn’t one of them. Kids and adults, meat eaters and vegetarians, picky eaters and voracious culinarians — seemingly everyone is pleased when a bowl of piping-hot, ooey-gooey mac and cheese is set before them.
When it comes to classic recipes, this one for baked macaroni and cheese and this one for the stovetop variety are go-to places to start. But for a next-level twist on the traditional version, try Sunny Anderson’s 5-star Spicy Macaroni and Cheese (pictured above). It boasts all of the cheesy richness you crave — there are a whopping three kinds of cheeses in this indulgent recipe — but the pinch of cayenne adds a welcome boost of heat. To add to the creamy texture in this big-batch casserole, Sunny adds a bit of tangy sour cream to the cheese mixture, and then she balances out that texture with a crispy-crunchy topping of buttery croutons.
Creamy, rich and, of course, cheesy, Ree Drummond’s easy-to-make dish is packed with the timeless comfort you crave in a hefty bowl of hearty macaroni and cheese. Ready to eat in less than an hour, Ree’s recipe, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, features a buttery cheese sauce made with tangy sharp cheddar, plus a pinch of dry mustard to round out the flavor. After tossing in the pasta, the stovetop-or-baked decision is in your hands: Either enjoy the dish as it is, or top it with cheese and bake for even gooier results.
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Get the Recipe: The Pioneer Woman’s Macaroni and Cheese
Ultimate Mac ‘n’ Cheese Casserole: The Best Thing to Happen to Pasta, Cheese and Bacon — Party of Twoby Julie Wampler in Recipes, July 7th, 2015
I know, I know, it’s July and you may not want to turn on that oven. But I’m here to convince you that this ultimate mac ‘n’ cheese is THE casserole dish you need. You’re going to want to make it — no matter the heat — after you read what’s in it.
Ooey-gooey, cheesy and bacon-y pasta: It’s all here, and it will surely tempt you. Why? Because the orecchiette pasta is covered with the silkiest sauce of Gruyère and sharp white cheddar. Because crispy bacon pieces are sprinkled throughout the dish AND on the top. Need I say more? The orecchiette pasta is the perfect shape for this dish because the cheese and bacon nestle into the pasta’s earlike grooves to give you the ultimate mac ‘n’ cheese experience. And perhaps best of all, in keeping with the Party of Two theme, this recipe feeds two people, which means that you won’t end up with a heaping amount of leftovers, as is often the case with classic casseroles.
Macaroni and cheese isn’t exactly begging to be transforming; the classic version, with its sharp cheddar bite and golden-brown topping, is, of course, one of the best comfort foods ever. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be dressed up to become an even more wow-worthy version of itself. Enter: Creamy Jalapeno Popper Macaroni and Cheese.
The gooey richness and subtle spice you love in jalapeno poppers is baked into Food Network Kitchen’s indulgent mac and cheese (pictured above), a big-batch casserole that’s impressive enough to make for guests yet easy to prepare in less than an hour. In addition to tender sauteed fresh jalapenos, pickled jalapenos are mixed into the smooth cheddar-Gruyère cheese sauce for especially bold flavor — but don’t let the fear of too much heat scare you. The chefs in our Food Network Kitchen explain that the result is simply “pleasantly spicy.” Before baking, blanket the dish with buttery panko and fresh jalapeno slices to guarantee a crispy, crunchy topping.
If you’re already looking ahead to the lighter dishes you hope to enjoy in 2015, don’t fear that you’ll have to say goodbye to comfort food once and for all. With the help of a few smart ingredient swaps, you can surely cozy up to cheesy casseroles and better-for-you sweet treats alike with the help of Food Network’s meal makeovers.
Every bit as satisfying as its traditional counterpart, Food Network Kitchen’s Spinach and Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese (pictured above) is a surprisingly healthy family-friendly favorite you’ll keep coming back to this winter. Think of this pasta bake as next-level spinach-artichoke dip with good-for-you whole-wheat pasta mixed in; it’s made with tender artichoke hearts and fresh spinach, plus a bit of sour cream for tang and mozzarella cheese for gooey richness. The key to maintaining the flavor of this classic dish without added calories is balancing a pat of butter and nutty Parmesan cheese with other low-fat and part-skim dairy ingredients — like the sour cream and mozzarella — because, after all, a little goes a long way when it comes to bold ingredients like these.