Mealworthy Mac and Cheese Recipes
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Macaroni and Cheese
You can't go wrong with Tyler Florence's macaroni and cheese. He uses cheddar and Parmesan to play up the classic flavors. Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes for a perfect golden crust.
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Spicy Macaroni and Cheese
Feeling nostalgic for her mom's mac and cheese, Sunny Anderson came up with this smooth, spicy version to hold her over between visits home. Buttery croutons top it off for a nice crunch.
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Grilled Chicken Caesar Mac
Rachael Ray uses anchovy paste to replicate the robust flavor of Caesar dressing in this mac and cheese. Serve it with shredded escarole or romaine dressed with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil for a balanced dinner.
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Pimento Cheesy Mac
Pimentos are sweet and aromatic — perfect when paired with sharp yellow cheddar. For a bit of heat, Rachael adds paprika and dry mustard to the bechamel sauce.
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Roasted Squash Chili Mac
Who says mac and cheese is just for kids? Surprise your dinner guests with this sophisticated twist on the classic comfort food. Rachael adds chili powder, oregano, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, garlic and chile peppers for a flavor-packed cheese sauce.
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Lobster Mac and Cheese
The Neelys use tomato paste, heavy cream and sweet chunks of lobster tail for an extra-thick, extra-decadent macaroni and cheese that's worthy of a special occasion.
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Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Mac
Tired of macaroni or penne? Rachael recommends cavatappi (corkscrew-shaped pasta) for this spicy, smoky twist on traditional mac and cheese.
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Mac and Smoked Gouda with Cauliflower
Kids won't object to eating their veggies when you serve up this cheesy dish. Cauliflower lends great texture, but the creamy smoked Gouda still takes center stage.
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Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Tyler calls this dish the "ultimate macaroni and cheese," and how could it not be, given the perfect union of sharp white cheddar and crisp bacon? To serve, scatter the bacon mixture over the casserole fresh out of the oven. Use a big spoon to scoop out servings, making sure you get some bacon in each spoonful.
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Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin Mac and Cheese
Rachael uses sour cream in place of milk for a tangy flavor that pairs well with broccoli and cauliflower.
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Buffalo-Chicken Mac and Cheese
This recipe from Food Network Magazine aims to please any and all palates. The key to getting the perfect bite in every forkful is the layering: macaroni, chicken, macaroni, cheese sauce. Top with the panko-blue cheese-parsley mixture and bake until bubbly.
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