Mac and Cheese, Please

Easy and creative macaroni and cheese to please the whole family

There’s a mac and cheese for every mood.

Chilly weather makes us crave comfort food, and the ultimate in comfort food is macaroni and cheese. The boxed stuff will do in a pinch, but homemade mac and cheese is infinitely more delicious and easy to make.

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Comfort food makes the cold weather almost bearable, which makes it the perfect choice for this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme).

We put the Culinary Content Network to the test to come up with a few of their favorite mac and cheese recipes, and here are some of the highlights:

  • Christine Carlisle of Chew Nibble Nosh brings us Somewhat Sneaky Mac and Cheese. Make sure picky eaters are getting all of the nutrition they need, while eating the food they love; use puréed squash in the cheese sauce for mac and cheese.
  • Instead of using breadcrumbs to top macaroni and cheese, Kit of The Kittchen uses kettle chips for a crunchy, savory addition.
  • This week’s winner is Mary Helen of Mary Makes Dinner. Add some vegetables and quinoa pasta for extra nutrition and protein in a normally unhealthy dish.

All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Mac N’ Cheese with Asparagus

(Credit: Michelle De La Cerda/The Complete Savorist)

Turn your leftovers into a comforting take on cordon bleu with a little creativity. Click here to see the recipe.

Macaroni ‘N Cheese

(Credit: Peter Block/Feed Your Soul Too)

Classic mac and cheese with a twist. Use coconut milk to achieve the creamy texture everyone loves from boxed mac and cheese. Click here to see the recipe.

Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.