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

Source Staff reports | Illustratoin by Laura Stanton - The Washington Post February 28, 2012
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