There’s something so decadent and indulgent about a creamy bowl of macaroni and cheese, but after the age of 10 (or graduating from college, perhaps), it just feels unsatisfying to eat macaroni and cheese from a box. Here are three homemade mac and cheese recipes that are much more grown up—and even a bit healthier.
Perfect Macaroni and Cheese [marthastewart.com]
Martha Stewart’s "perfect" macaroni and cheese doesn’t stray too far from the tried-and-true original, but it does use higher quality versions of the usual ingredients. Freshly grated nutmeg and grated Gruyere add a more refined taste than the usual cheese powder, making this a perfectly rich version of your childhood favorite.
Mac-and-Cheese Style Cauliflower [vegetariantimes.com]
If you love the taste of macaroni and cheese but can’t bear to throw your diet out the window, this veggie-filled alternative is the perfect solution to your woes. It uses mild-flavored cauliflower instead of macaroni noodles for a dish that’s much lower in carbs.
Creamy, Light Macaroni and Cheese [myrecipes.com]
If you’re more concerned about the calories and fats than the carbohydrates, this modern recipe also offers a healthier take on mac and cheese. With butternut squash as its secret ingredient, you really can’t go wrong with this flavorful recipe.