10 twists on macaroni cheese
Feeling a bit fuzzy or need some comfort? Make our classic macaroni cheese then discover our popular twists, including mash-ups with fish pie, moussaka and lasagne.
Macaroni cheese is a staple comfort dish and for good reason. We love its crispy golden exterior, breaking away to reveal piping hot macaroni baked in a velvety and gooey cheesy sauce.
It is widely believed that macaroni cheese was popularised by former US president Thomas Jefferson, who encountered the dish in France and northern Italy in the late 1700s and, in turn, brought it to America. It wasn't however until the late 1930s, during The Great Depression, when boxed versions became available and started flying off shelves, providing families with a cheap dinner alternative.
Fast forward to the present day, and homemade macaroni cheese is considered a dinner staple in kitchens all over the world. To celebrate all things macaroni cheese we've listed our popular twists on the classic, meaning you can enjoy cheesy pasta perfection while experimenting with new and exciting flavour combinations.
A cross between macaroni cheese and fish pie, this popular hybrid makes for a crowdpleasing and filling family dinner. The dish freezes well, so you can make ahead if you like for busy weeknights.
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Combine moussaka with macaroni cheese and what do you get? You get this thrifty, Mediterranean-inspired pasta bake, baked until golden, bubbling and piping hot.
Combining two of our favourite comfort food dishes, this macaroni cheese lasagne hybrid is an instant crowdpleaser. Serving six-eight, it's a great way to feed the whole family, with any leftovers perfect for next day's lunch. And who knows, the family may prefer it to the classic!
A real keeper of a recipe – you don't get more comforting than a cheesy macaroni bake finished with a crunchy layer of pine nuts and salty bacon pieces. Serve to family or friends with a crispy green salad, and there will be clean plates all round.
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Boost your macaroni cheese while upping your veg intake by adding runner and green beans into the mix. Top with pumpkin seeds for added crunch and serve with a peppery rocket and watercress salad.
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Round out this cheesy pasta classic with a moreish combination of smoked haddock and truffle. If you're hosting, you can assemble the night before and finish in the oven the next day.
Take macaroni cheese to new heights by adding roasted sweet potato and pepping up with a pinch of cayenne. It also features American mustard and a generous grating of nutmeg.
Macaroni cheese gets a vegan makeover so everyone at the table can enjoy. The recipe is quick and easy to make, so it's a great midweek meal for the family.
We've upped the ante by topping macaroni with a golden crunch crumb – simply drape over pancetta slices and scatter with the cheddar, bread cubes and spring onions. It's macaroni cheese, made even more comforting.