Crowd-Pleasing Mac and Cheese for Thanksgiving and Beyond

When deciding what to bring to Friendsgiving, I never even toy with the idea of a well-decorated pie or dish of roasted brussels sprouts: my fate is already sealed. I must bring the macaroni and cheese. I brought this genius version to my first ever Friendsgiving many years ago, only to watch it snarfed up before I even had the chance to pull a crispy bread cube off the top for myself. Macaroni and cheese, though perhaps not the first dish that comes to mind when you think about Thanksgiving food, is virtually guaranteed to be the first dish to disappear off your holiday table. This is because everyone—no, everyone—loves macaroni and cheese.

How to Make Macaroni and Cheese Without a Recipe

How to Make Macaroni and Cheese Without a Recipe by Catherine Lamb

For one thing, macaroni and cheese is vegetarian (unless you decide to add bacon, in which case more power to you). It also fits in with the overall edible themes of Thanksgiving food: comforting, savory, and (mostly) starchy. Plus, if baked in a casserole (my recommendation) in lieu of on the stovetop, it is make-ahead, requiring only a quick trip in the oven to get all bubbly and gooey before serving. On the other hand, if oven space is in high demand, stovetop mac & cheese frees up an extra spot for green bean casserole or warming dinner rolls.

If you love macaroni and cheese as much as I do, here are 10 recipes—both traditional and unconventional—to consider for your Thanksgiving table:

Truffled, Mustardy Mac & Cheese

Truffled, Mustardy Mac & Cheese

by Samantha Weiss Hills

Caroline Choe's Kimchi Mac & Cheese

Caroline Choe’s Kimchi Mac & Cheese

by Caroline Choe

Kale Macaroni and Cheese in Homage to Woodberry Kitchen

Kale Macaroni and Cheese in Homage to Woodberry Kitchen

by healthierkitchen

Miso Mac and Cheese

Miso Mac and Cheese

by Posie Harwood

Melissa Clark’s Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Melissa Clark’s Stovetop Mac & Cheese by Genius Recipes

Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese

Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese

by Amanda Hesser

Macaroni-and-Cheese (and Broccoli) Casserole

Macaroni-and-Cheese (and Broccoli) Casserole

by Nicholas Day

Pizza Macaroni and Cheese

Pizza Macaroni and Cheese by Posie Harwood

Martha Stewart's Macaroni and Cheese

Martha Stewart’s Macaroni and Cheese

by Genius Recipes

My Favorite Vegan Mac and Cheese

My Favorite Vegan Mac and Cheese by Gena Hamshaw

Macaroni and cheese at Thanksgiving: yay or nay? Let us know your feelings in the comments!

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