5 Easy-to-Make Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Better Than the Box

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Winter is all about comfort foods, and there might not be a dish that soothes our collective cold-weather woes better than one of the most classic side dishes of all time: macaroni and cheese. If grey skies or snow flurries have you craving something hearty and traditional, a warm bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese is sure to satisfy — but noodles and powdered cheese from a box might not.

Fortunately, this gooey pasta dish isn’t too difficult to whip up from scratch; you just need to find the right recipe. The best recipes for mac and cheese vary from taste bud to taste bud, but we've rounded up five homemade options that are bound to delight. Get ready to fall in love with this childhood favorite all over again as you check out some versatile recipes for your next comfort food-based dinner.