With the wealth of ingredients available in a grocery store or farmers market, you can make this beloved comfort food in nearly limitless permutations. All you need is imagination — and this chart. Here are some of our favorite mac-and-cheese-friendly pastas, cheeses, meats and other components. Start with the Classic Macaroni and Cheese recipe here, then tinker with these variations or add your own. This isn’t a list of every possible mac-and-cheese ingredient, but it is a guide to help you depart from the tried-and-true macs you’ve always made. Ladies and gentlemen, start your elbows. See related story here. By Jane Touzalin

Don’t make your macaroni and cheese the same old way. Use this Mac-and-cheese-o-matic to  spice up this comfort food standby.
Source Staff reports. Illustratoin by Laura Stanton - The Washington Post. Published on February 28, 2012, 4:26 p.m.
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