Mac and cheese is a comfort food classic. And it's naturally vegetarian, perfect for Meatless Monday! But don't settle for that processed orange stuff. There are hundreds of ways to change up this favorite to incorporate healthy new ingredients. Try some of our very favorite mac and cheese recipes for Meatless Monday. Let your imagination be your guide when it comes to this ooey gooey treat!
1. Fondue Mac and Cheese
Fondue savoyarde or cheese fondue is a classic of ski resorts in Europe, and the sauce, made with a combination of Swiss cheeses and wine, is the perfect base for mac and cheese. For our fondue mac and cheese, you can either use leftover fondue (if you have any!) or a simple fondue recipe to make a bubbly dish for your family. This one is topped with caramelized shallots, for even more delicious umami flavor. Image: Caroline Léna Becker
2. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
In fall, nothing is better than the combination of sweet winter squash and warming mac and cheese. This butternut mac and cheese recipe is just the ticket. It uses frozen cooked squash, making it an easy recipe for a quick Meatless Monday supper. Feel free to cook and freeze your own squash ahead of time! Image: sumeet jain
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3. Fresh Thyme and Gorgonzola Pasta
Our fresh thyme and gorgonzola pasta sauce may not be a traditional mac and cheese, but it's no less delicious. The creamy sauce, when tossed with pasta, becomes the perfect gourmet, grown-up version of the childhood classic. An optional garnish of almonds or apples adds a touch of sweetness to balance the pungent cheese. Image: David Christian
4. Classic Baked Mac and Cheese
Sometimes, nothing beats a classic. This baked mac and cheese recipe pulls out all the stops: five kinds of cheese, a cream-based sauce, and a panko topping. If you're looking for a rich, creamy, classic mac and cheese, this is it!
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