Top Rated Mac and Cheese Recipes

No-Bake Pastitsio
I fell in love with Pastitsio (essentially Greek lasagna) the first time I had it. A baked casserole of tube pasta with spiced lamb ragù and creamy, rich béchamel — a sort of divine Bolognese-mac 'n cheese hybrid. The thing is, between the two sauces, assembly, and 45-minute bake time, it's a pretty labor-intensive dish (especially for a weeknight). So, with apologies to any arbiters of authenticity, I present my slightly simpler, no-bake rendition. Click here to see 9 Divine Greek Recipes.
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Ribs
Kenny Callaghan, the chef at Blue Smoke in New York City, has adapted the restaurant's favorite baby back ribs recipe for the home cook. The restaurant smokes their ribs, but you can bake them at home, if you don't have a smoker. The ribs are best served with baked beans, cole slaw, and mac 'n cheese.
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Mac N Cheese
'Alla Carbonara' is an Italian term for a pasta dish that has a sauce made out of cream, eggs, Parmesan chese and bits of bacon (in this case pancetta). Bobby Flay's twist on traditional macaroni and cheese is not only tastes great but also won him the Throwdown challenge.Adapted from "Bobby Flay's Throwdown!" By Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas and Miriam Garron. Click here to see the Outstanding Mac and Cheese Recipes story.
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Truffle Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Known for its award-winning mac & cheese recipes, Kitty O’Sheas at the historic Hilton Chicago takes a unique approach on this classic comfort food recipe. The Truffle Cauliflower Mac & Cheese features Gouda, Cheddar béchamel, and currants topped with a croissant and a drizzle of miso butterscotch. It's anything but ordinary and unbelievably delicious! 
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If there is one universal comfort food, we’d argue that it’s mac and cheese (and we dare you to prove us wrong). And of all mac and cheeses, chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s three cheese delight is up there on our list of favorites. 'Nuff said. 
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Lobster
As far as food or drink-related holiday traditions with family and friends, I would have to say that lobster mac and cheese is one of our favorites. I have been making this for several years and it is a huge hit with even the non-lobster loving kids. It is not an easy process, but not too difficult. I have worked on several recopies, my favorite is below. — Susan Povich, Red Hook Lobster Pound Click here for other chefs' holiday culinary traditions.
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Chef Joel Christy of PL8 Kitchen & Side Bar in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., created this hearty mac ‘n’ cheese specifically for the morning-after brunch crowd. Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as a spring-break destination is renowned, so leave it to the locals to fix up a can’t-fail hangover cure. It’s also a great way to use up leftover baked potato. Click here to see a recipe for béchamel sauce. Click here to see the Chefs' Favorite Hangover Cures story.
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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Sage and Gingersnap-Pecan Crust
Without question, the ultimate comfort food is macaroni and cheese — gooey, cheesy, warm, and indulgent. The inspiration for this twist on the classic mac 'n’ cheese comes from one of my favorite pasta dishes from the charming Italian town of Mantova: Tortelli di Zucca, handmade pasta stuffed with a velvety smooth purée of pumpkin, crushed almond Amaretti cookies, and a hint of spices. The memory of that incredible dish coaxed me into creating this recipe, an Italian-American fusion of ultimate comfort. This unique take on mac n' cheese features classic autumn flavors of roasted butternut squash, fragrant sage, and an unexpected sweet and spicy gingersnap-pecan crunch. Click here to see the Outstanding Mac and Cheese Recipes story.
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My love affair with mac and cheese gets hot and heavy in this spicy interpretation of the American classic. We begin with a medley of cheeses, including pepper jack, cheddar, and parmesan, and add to that a mix of scallions and jalapenos - two of my favorite 'mean greens'. I have also replaced the traditional macaroni with fusilli pasta because, lt's face it, a little change never hurt nobody.  Click here to see the 9 Irresistible Mac and Cheese Recipes
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This classic comfort food is perfect on a cold winter day. Click here to see the 9 Irresistible Mac and Cheese Recipes
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Leftover Mac & Cheese?  Fry it up!
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Macaroni and Cheese
Who can resist a trio of melted cheeses nestled among soft, chewy noodles? Not many people. Homemade always beats store-bought, and this is especially true when it comes to mac and cheese. Try this simple recipe and taste the difference.
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