Ah…macaroni and cheese. A comforting, one-pot meal that’s probably on many kids’ repertoire of favorite foods. Kids (of all ages) most likely have tried this delicious concoction of elbow macaroni and cheese. Even Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan had their own favorite versions of this classic dish! But, do you know how it all got started?
There isn’t really a single inventor of mac and cheese, but historians note Liber de Coquina, or Book of Cooking, from the 13th century as the first cookbook to list a version of the recipe.
Did you know? Macaroni and cheese was considered an “upper-class” recipe until the Industrial Revolution because pasta was hard to come by.
You don’t have to be upper-class to enjoy these vegan versions of a classic, but you can feel like one knowing you’re eating a delicious, dairy-free version. Macaroni and cheese was a favorite of Jefferson and was served at an 1802 state dinner. Let’s bring classy back into mac and cheese!
Shut the front door — we need this Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese With Spinach. In this mac and cheese recipe, sweet potatoes serve as the base to make the cheesy orange sauce that we all know and love. The spices and mustard balance out the sweetness, to create the ultimate mac.
This Easy Macaroni and Vegetables is made from just veggies — specifically, roasted butternut squash and sweet potato. The possibilities of plants are truly endless!
Put mac and cheese back on the menu! This healthy Healthy Mac n Cheese delivers comfort food goodness without all the heaviness. The creamy cheese sauce is made with a base of potatoes and carrots and made cheesy through the awesome power of spices!
You can stop searching, because this Ultra-Cheesy Mac and Cheese is the last mac and cheese recipe you will ever need! Why? It’s nut-free, soy-free, and gluten-free (meaning everyone can have it!), ridiculously easy to make, and the cheese sauce is addictive. Seriously, it’s creamy, cheesy, and rich, and comforting – you’ll want to drink this stuff with a straw.
Carrots and cauliflower help make the cheesy sauce in this dish. Not only is it cheesy, it’s also smoky and spicy, too! It doesn’t need to be the 4th of July for you enjoy this Yankee Doodle Macaroni. It’s your patriotic duty.
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