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38 Of The Best Macaroni And Cheese Recipes On Planet Earth

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02/15/2018 05:46am ET | Updated July 13, 2018
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Macaroni and cheese is everything we could want: hot, melted cheese blended in creamy harmony with pasta, one of our all-time favorite comfort foods. Whether your favorite version is classic, jazzed up or lobstered, it’s hard to get enough. But who was responsible for making it popular, anyway?

Thomas Jefferson was an American founding father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third president of the United States. But one could argue his greatest achievement was helping to popularize macaroni and cheese in the U.S.

After encountering macaroni in France and northern Italy in the late 1700s, Jefferson arranged for a special macaroni extruder to be shipped to his home in Virginia, where he served macaroni to guests at presidential dinners, putting the noodle in the spotlight. There even exists a recipe for macaroni noodles written in Jefferson’s own handwriting.

In honor of this important contribution to American cuisine, let’s make some of our favorite recipes for the dish. We’ve got 38 variations, including some for vegans.

1
Classic Baked Macaroni And Cheese
Completely Delicious
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2
Instant Pot Mac And Cheese
Pinch Of Yum
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3
Easiest Stovetop Macaroni And Cheese
Completely Delicious
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4
4-Cheese Caprese Mac And Cheese
Half Baked Harvest
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5
Classic Vegan Mac And Cheese
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6
Breakfast Mac And Cheese
I Am A Food Blog
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7
Cauliflower Mac And Cheese
Damn Delicious
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8
Truffle Mac And Cheese
I Am A Food Blog
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9
Vegan Pumpkin Mac 'n Cheese
Minimalist Baker
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10
Creamy Four Cheese Brie And Buttery Ritz Cracker Mac And Cheese
Half Baked Harvest
11
Roasted Garlic Mac And Cheese
Adventures In Cooking
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12
Blue Cheese Mac And Cheese
How Sweet Eats
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13
Beer Mac And Cheese
A Spicy Perspective
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14
Skillet Brussels Bacon Mac And Cheese
How Sweet Eats
15
Vegan Green Chili Mac 'n Cheese
Minimalist Baker
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16
Lobster Mac And Cheese
Foodie Crush
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17
Best Vegan Gluten-Free Mac 'n Cheese
Minimalist Baker
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18
Stovetop Mac And Cheese
Damn Delicious
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19
Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts Mac 'n Cheese With Buttery Bacon Ritz Crackers
Half Baked Harvest
20
Bacon, Pear And Blue Cheese Macaroni With Caramelized Onions
Adventures in Cooking
21
Creamy Garlic Mac And Cheese
A Beautiful Mess
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22
Cheese Maker's Mac And Cheese
Half Baked Harvest
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23
Chicken Divan Macaroni and Cheese
Foodie Crush
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24
Sweet Potato Mac And Cheese With Spinach
Naturally Ella
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25
Roasted Red Pepper Chorizo Baked Mac And Cheese
Little Leopard Book
26
Sneaky Zucchini Mac And Cheese With Everything Bagel Chip Crumbs
Half Baked Harvest
27
Steak Mac And Cheese
Pinch Of Yum
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28
Baked Squash Mac And Cheese
Half Baked Harvest
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29
Mac And Cheese Pie
I Am A Food Blog
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30
Smokey Gouda Mac And Cheese
The View From The Great Island
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31
Stovetop Jalapeno Broccoli Mac And Cheese
I Am A Food Blog
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32
Greek-Style Mac And Cheese
Steamy Kitchen
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33
One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Mac And Cheese
I Am A Food Blog
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34
Irishman's Mac And Cheese
Half Baked Harvest
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35
Stovetop Pesto Macaroni And Cheese With Corn And Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Foodie Crush
36
Vegan Caramelized Onion Mac 'n Cheese
Minimalist Baker
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37
Vegan Garlic Mac 'n Cheese
Minimalist Baker
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38
Vegan Spinach Mac And Cheese
Love Lemons
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