King of the comfort food arena, macaroni and cheese is definitely a staple when the Thanksgiving feast rolls around. And while everyone has their own personal favorite recipe when it comes to this delicious dish, we think that these eight picks from Southern Living take the cake — or rather, the cheese.
The name says it all. This recipe is sure to please everyone at your Thanksgiving table this year. The secret to this mac and cheese recipe is that it adds cubes of cheddar cheese that melts as the pasta bakes, creating pockets of gooey goodness in every bite.
What makes this version of the mac and cheese so special is that it can be made in under an hour and in three easy steps. The real trick is finding the right pasta that has a good shape and plenty of nooks for capturing pockets of cheese. Our recommendation? Stick to pasta such as shells, cavatappi or the classic elbow macaroni.
Can we all just agree that bacon makes everything better? That’s definitely the case with this mac and cheese recipe, which combines two-year-old aged Cheddar cheese with Gruyere cheese, diced bacon and leeks for a dish that is truly mouthwatering.
Who says you have to keep mac and cheese in the side dish category? Swap out your noodles for some gnocchi and you have a perfectly acceptable main course. Serve it with a salad and warm, crusty bread for a well-rounded meal.
You don’t have to go overboard with the cheese to make a dish that satisfies your craving for macaroni and cheese. You can even swap out some of the ingredients in this recipe with combinations such as sweet peas and prosciutto or ham and broccoli.
Honestly, this recipe had us at ‘four cheese.’ But on further inspection, this recipe’s addition of breadcrumbs, bacon and pecans sends it over the top in a dish that is truly satisfying and versatile.
If there’s one thing us Southerners love, it’s pimiento cheese. So adding pimiento to macaroni and cheese just seems like a natural transition. However, this recipe takes it one step further by using penne pasta instead of the classic elbow macaroni for a more sophisticated dish.
Another thing Southerners are notorious for is fried food. And nothing quite says ‘Southern comfort food’ like fried macaroni and pimiento cheese bites. Serve these bites as an appetizer before your Thanksgiving meal and we guarantee your guests will be begging for seconds and thirds.