Try these new spins on the old classic and take your next meal to the next level.
Mac and cheese is a quintessential American staple, but it doesn't always get the respect it deserves. Traditionally considered to be a kid's food, mac and cheese is generally disregarded by adults. You'll usually find it relegated to a side dish at a barbecue or untouched at a pot-luck. Macaroni is definitely a joke among pastas. Until now.
If you have any of those blue boxes with the cardboard macaroni and powdered yellow cheese, go throw it out. You'll never bother with it again after you try these five delectable macaroni and cheese recipes.
1. Smoked Gouda and Bacon Mac and Cheese
If the name alone doesn't induce drooling, then clearly you've never had smoked gouda. Aimee at Shugary Sweets suggests using a half cup of crumbled bacon, but you don't have to stop there. Bacon is delicious! This recipe includes Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard. They give it an unbeatable flavor when combined with the smoked gouda and sharp cheddar. The original recipe calls for crumbled ritz crackers, but you can use any kind of crumb topping you like.
2. Philly Cheesesteak Mac and Cheese
This recipe is to die for. If you love Philly cheesesteaks (and let's be honest, who doesn't?), you will adore this mac and cheese. Heather at Sugar Dish Me used a special horseradish cheese for this dish. If you're not a fan of horseradish, it works well with sharp white cheddar. If you want a more authentic Philly cheesesteak taste, throw in some green bell peppers when you sauté the onions and cover with sliced provolone before baking.
3. Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
Why choose between hot wings and mac and cheese? You can have both with this mouthwatering dish! This recipe makes enough mac and cheese to feed a small army, so it's a good option if you're making it for a party. Christy Denney, also known as The Girl Who Ate Everything, says this one is a family favorite at her house. With a combination of cheddar and pepper jack, plus the Frank's hot sauce, it is spicy and satisfying. Of course, it also incorporates blue cheese and celery!
4. Skillet Mac and Cheese
The New York Times cooking section never disappoints. This adventurous mac and cheese recipe is prepared with uncooked macaroni in a hot cast iron skillet, and then it's baked in the oven. The ingredients include interesting additions like cayenne pepper and nutmeg.
5. Green Chile Mac and Cheese
Green chile mac is a very popular dish across the southwest United States. Courtney from Cook Like a Champion uses Poblano peppers, which are a little spicy. If you're sensitive to spicy foods, you could try substituting mild California green chiles. This green chile mac and cheese recipe calls for pepper jack, corn and red bell peppers, which is a delicious combination. For an extra kick, try adding some cumin.