Mac and Cheese Wins the Comfort Food Lifetime Achievement Award

And we've got 10 ways to celebrate this cheesy, gooey one-pot wonder.

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Katie Lee, Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson watch as Jeff Mauro stirs buffalo Mac & Cheese, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen.

Photo by: David Katz

David Katz

This weekend The Kitchen co-hosts handed out awards for the best comfort foods. The lifetime achievement award went to an old standby that you’ve probably been eating since you were a child: Mac and cheese. It’s gooey, cheesy and as simple or as fancy as you want to make it. It’s as comfortable on a Thanksgiving table as it is at 3 a.m. after a long night. This versatile comfort food can be eaten anytime, anywhere.

The Kitchen co-hosts have never shied away from this favorite, each of them has at least one recipe for us to dig our fork into. In honor of Mac and Cheese’s win, we are sharing their top 10 recipes for the dish. Make one tonight for that lucky person in your life ... or keep it all to yourself!

From-scratch macaroni and cheese in only 10 minutes? You bet. This simple recipe comes together on the stove and boasts a rich flavor thanks to a duo of American and cheddar cheeses.

A generous splash of Buffalo sauce delivers a bold, tangy taste to the three-cheese sauce that coats the pasta, while add-ins like shredded chicken and (even more) blue cheese give a nod to the beloved wings.

Host Jeff Mauro prepares his Macsagna for fellow host Katie Lee as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 7.

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Jason DeCrow, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Mac and cheese meets lasagna in this over-the-top casserole, studded with hot Italian sausage for added heft.

GZ adds bacon, tomatoes and baked romaine lettuce to add a grown-up touch to his sophisticated mac and cheese. “This show the versatility of mac and cheese. You can really make it what you want,” comments Katie.

Count 'em: There are no fewer than 10 different cheeses in Sunny Anderson's shockingly easy recipe. Her secret to simplicity (and economics) is using two different cheese blends, one Mexican and one Italian, which together deliver nine of the 10 varieties.

Host Katie Lee makes Breakfast For Dinner: Breakfast Mac and Cheese, as seen The Kitchen

Who said mac and cheese can’t be for breakfast? Katie merges the flavors of a classic Western omelet with mac and cheese and then tops it with an egg.

Jeff adds a generous amount of rendered pancetta to this four-cheese wonder of a dish. Each cheese has been selected to add its unique characteristics to the final masterpiece.

The secret ingredient in Geoffrey Zakarian's casserole is a glug of truffle oil, which instantly dresses up his two-cheese macaroni with bold flavor.

Photo by: Pawel Kaminski

Pawel Kaminski

Follow Sunny’s ingenious method for a comforting mug of macaroni and cheese in less than ten minutes.

Katie adds sautéed mushrooms, Fontina, Taleggio and parmesan to add a grown-up touch to stove top mac and cheese.

For more easy weeknight recipes and tips watch a two hour episode of The Kitchen Saturday at 11a|10c.


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