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A lot of stories claim that mac and cheese was created by Thomas Jefferson, Marco Polo or the cooks of China. My favorite theory? An Italian housewife invented it to introduce non-Italian Americans to macaroni. —Stephanie Sorbie, Glendale, Arizona
Sour cream and three kinds of cheese create the creamy coating for this tasty "twist" on macaroni and cheese. It calls for only six ingredients and can be served as an entree or a side dish. —Deb Collette
"I plant a nice-sized garden every year," relates Barbie Noffsinger of Reno, Nevada. "I came up with this quick combination when trying to think of a different way to fix and abundance of zucchini and yellow squash. Everyone enjoyed it, so I fixed ti again the next week and it was just as good."
"I've always liked macaroni and cheese, but my husband prefers macaroni with tomato sauce. So I added spaghetti sauce and mozzarella to give my mac and cheese an Italian flavor," writes Isabelle Wolters of Scituate, Massachusetts.
Decreasing the butter and replacing the half-and-half with milk helped cut a whopping 658 calories and more than half the fat from this casserole. Even though the cholesterol was reduced by 75% and the sodium by 40%, Makeover Sloppy Joe Mac and Cheese offers all the heart-warming comfort of the original submission.
When my husband had heart problems, I searched for recipes that replaced our full-fat standbys. Over the years, I've updated this recipe to accommodate new lower-in-fat products, and my family continues to enjoy it. —Cora Johnson Schloetzer, Topeka, Kansas
"Even people who have had their own macaroni and cheese recipe for years ask for mine when they taste this crumb-topped version," writes Schelby Thompson of Dover, Delaware. Tip: "Make it with extra-sharp white cheddar cheese for more flavor," Schelby recommends.