Macaroni and cheese is classic comfort food that's warmed hearts and bellies around the world for ages.  Even though a certain blue box might make mac and cheese seem like a junk convenience food now, it was considered a very upper class meal for centuries throughout Europe and particularly in Italy.  Former President and ardent foodie, Thomas Jefferson, even served up a macaroni pie at a fancy white house party  in 1802! All lovers of mac and cheese should go back to the dish's rich roots with these sublimely cheesy recipes!  

Slow-Baked Mac & Cheese (from A Whisk and A Prayer)Slow Cooked Macaroni and Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese (from Take Thou Food)Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese (from 1 Fine Cookie)Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes (from Framed Cooks)Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes

Bacon Lover's Mac and Cheese (from Good Thymes & Good Food)Bacon Lover's Mac and Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese (from Lick My Spoon)Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese with Shrimp and Fried Pancetta (from Beth Michelle)Macaroni and Cheese with Shrimp and Fried Pancetta

Creamy Baked Penne with Butternut Squash (from Form V Artisan)Creamy Baked Penne with Butternut Squash

Caramelized Shallot and Sage Macaroni and Cheese (from Cake, Batter, and Bowl)Carmelized Shallot and Crispy Sage Macaroni and Cheese

Gruyere Mac and Cheese with Mustard Greens (from Fresh and Foodie)Gruyere Mac and Cheese with Mustard Greens

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