Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Apple Casserole for Thanksgiving Sides
Farideh Sadeghin

Macaroni and cheese is hands-down one of our favorite pastas. Whether it’s loaded with bacon, topped with bread crumbs, or studded with lobster, mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Fruits like apple give macaroni and cheese recipes an added layer of depth and an unexpected flavor. Baking the macaroni and cheese gives the recipes a golden crispiness on top that contrasts the soft noodles in the middle. Maybe you’re looking for an elegant twist on this comfort food staple, like adding truffles, or perhaps you’re seeking the classic four-cheese. No matter what type of cheesy pasta you’re craving, our best macaroni and cheese recipes have you covered.

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Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni au Gratin

The foundation of this creamy casserole is a classic mornay sauce, a béchamel sauce to which cheese has been added—in this case, comté, a French cheese with a complex, nutty flavor that melts beautifully. With lots of freshly grated nutmeg to season it and a golden, crunchy breadcrumb topping, it’s a luscious, satisfying side dish for the Thanksgiving table. The dish comes from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro, in the Napa Valley, where the staff makes it as part of their annual Thanksgiving dinner for veterans and their families.

Greek Mac and Cheese

A pinch of cinnamon adds complexity to traditional greek flavors. Get the recipe for Greek Mac and Cheese »

Artisanal Macaroni and Cheese

Chef Terrance Brennan of the Manhattan restaurant Artisanal uses penne instead of the standard elbow macaroni for his take on the dish, which is topped with a crisp panko-Parmesan crust. Get the recipe for Artisanal Macaroni and Cheese »

Four Cheese Mac and Cheese

This ultra-creamy, decadent mac and cheese—with sharp white cheddar, Gruyère, blue cheese, and, yes, a touch of Velveeta—is one of the best we’ve ever tried. Get the recipe for Four Cheese Mac and Cheese »

Lobster Mac and Cheese

This lobster meat–studded mac and cheese, from New York’s Macbar, is a decadent, holiday-appropriate version of that homey dish. Get the recipe for Lobster mac and cheese »

Southern-Style Macaroni and Cheese

The recipe for this wonderful regional take on mac and cheese is an adaptation of one in The Gift of Southern Cooking (Knopf, 2003) by Edna Lewis, a Southern culinary legend, and Scott Peacock, the former chef of Atlanta’s Watershed restaurant. Two ingredients set this macaroni and cheese apart from the pack: grated onion and Worcestershire sauce. Get the recipe for Southern-Style Macaroni and Cheese »