When I think of comfort food, mac and cheese is one of the first meals that springs to mind. Growing up, my sister and I could depend on my mom to bake us kids her drool worthy mac and cheese recipes as soon as the weather turned a bit chilly (and even if it didn’t, because mac and cheese isn’t limited to a season.) My mom made simple macaroni and cheese that kids and adults alike would scarf down, but there are many marvelous combinations of flavors that work with a simple base of cheese and macaroni noodles.
The recipes we’ve culled here call on some unusual combos of ingredients to bring new new life to an old dish, so some– like the Kale, Mushroom and Quinoa– might be a little harder to feed any kiddos you have, but dumping a pound of cheese on pretty much anything makes it edible to most kids. ( Or most anyone who loves cheese. ) In fact, this might be a genius way of sneaking some veggies into your littles!
These dishes are perfect for not only family night but a fall dinner party, and you can’t go wrong with good, hot comfort food paired with a great beer or cider. Many of these recipes are fairly easy on the budget and your time; what else could you ask for?