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When I cater for kids parties, I’m famous for making Rachael Ray’s Harvest Moon Mac and Cheese. It has pureed squash added to the cheese sauce, and the kids don’t even know it’s healthier for them. Several adults, recently, at a dinner I catered, said it was the best mac and cheese they’d ever tasted, and even one who said he didn’t like mac and cheese loved it. Many wanted the recipe and I told them it was easy to find online.
I love this! Our family’s current favorite is is Elise’s “Green Chile Mac and Cheese”, but I have seen many tasty variations. “Purists” need not apply! But for me, standard M & C gets boring & starchy so we usually saute` some spinach to eat along side & add some roasted vegetables inside. Thank you for all these interesting variations. This site is a treasure–every recipe we have tried has been delicious!!
Thanks so much for these ideas Katie! I made a triple batch of my green goddess mac and cheese for our Christmas dinner this year and everyone went nuts over it.
All these ideas sound wonderful! I’ll try them all. Thank you for the great recipes. Happy new year.
Nicely said nola2chi :)
I love add-ins! Thanks for this post! Yes, Mac and cheese is a classic all on it’s own, but adding delightful add-ins and toppings allow for a whole new level of the classic! One of my favorites (and a quick weekday meal that’s hearty and so easy to make) is to add tuna that I put Worcestershire sauce and a bit of garlic and onions in the mix and just mix it in right before you serve, along with some peas too. Top it with crunched up rice Chex cereal (when I’m out of Panko) & parm and broil for a few to get that golden fun and viola, yummy-ness ensues!
Such great ideas Lee, thank you! Love the idea of adding tuna and Worcestershire sauce with some peas at the end. Also rice Chex? Brilliant! It’s like GF panko.
Add sliced tomatoes on top of Mac ‘n Cheese and pop in oven – delicious!
Ever since I was a child, I’ve hated a crumb topping on mac n cheese. My grandmother always used bread crumbs and I’d beg my mother to not give me the crumbs and she would invariably bypass the topless portion to make my portion crumby. She never used crumbs on hers. I still don’t like crumb toppings and ask them to be left off where possible. I’ve had bacon mac and cheese but don’t care for it, but I would love to try lobster mac and cheese. I sometimes add hot dogs sliced and have added stewed tomatoes in the past when the dish dried out to much from reheating.