People have been pairing cheese and pasta for centuries There are noodles and cheese recipes recorded in Italy as early as the late 1200s. Thomas Jefferson is known to have brought back noodle recipes to America after a trip to France, and he served mac and cheese at a state dinner in 1802. Macaroni and cheese became a staple of the American diet during the Great Depression.
A great mac and cheese recipe needs two kinds of cheeses: one that melts well and one that brings big flavor. Cheeses known to melt like a dream include Monterey Jack, fontina, baby swiss, and mozzarella. Flavor divas include cheeses like smoked gouda, havarti, bleu cheese and limburger. Several cheeses check both boxes: try cheddar or any alpine-style variety like emmentaler or gruyere cheese.