Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and gather with friends and family. But it’s also a time to let your best recipe have a moment in the limelight. Whether that’s a towering cake, classic pie, or one of these appetizers, what’s true is that nothing is complete without some variation of the beloved macaroni and cheese. Ubiquitous across the South in soul-food joints, meat-and-threes, and Mom’s kitchen, mac and cheese is a surefire, guaranteed crowd pleaser. It’s darn hard to resist pasta covered in oodles of creamy cheese, and we’ve got 28 Thanksgiving macaroni and cheese recipes to prove it. If you’re indecisive, we offer our Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese since it can’t steer you wrong. The adventurous (or vegan) may try their hand at Tabitha Brown’s version and the wistful, Dad’s Mac and Cheese. What can we say? There are options, and you may need to enlist the relatives to make one of each.

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