Everyone has different ideas of what dishes make the best comfort food. Some would say fried chicken while others lean toward chicken soup. Still, it’s tough to imagine anyone who doesn’t include a creamy plate of macaroni and cheese among their favorites. Something about the combination of noodles and a cheesy sauce just tastes irresistible. If your latest batch came from a box, these seven recipes will totally wow you with flavor.
1. Ultra-Gooey Stovetop Mac and Cheese
Making macaroni and cheese from scratch doesn’t necessarily have to mean spending a long time in the kitchen. Serious Eats proves it with this ooey, gooey recipe. Though American cheese isn’t exactly a posh ingredient, it melts into a super creamy sauce. And don’t worry, there’s still plenty of cheddar to give this recipe a more adult taste.
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- Kosher salt
- 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 pound extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 8 ounces American cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, but into 4 pieces
Directions: Place macaroni in a large saucepan and cover with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover pan, remove from heat, and let stand until pasta is just al dente, about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk evaporated milk, eggs, hot sauce, and mustard in a bowl to combine. Toss cheeses with cornstarch in a large bowl to combine.
Drain pasta and return to same pan. Set pan over low heat, add butter, and stir until melted. Add milk mixture and cheese mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Season with salt and additional hot sauce. Serve.