Welcome to All Things Mac and Cheese

Stuffed with inventive mac and cheese recipes, tips and more, this site from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board is for true macaroni and cheese aficionados. 

A Brief History of Mac and Cheese

The first recipe for mac and cheese can be traced back to 13th century Italy where early  cooks were instructed to cut sheet pasta into two-inch squares, cook it in water and toss with grated Parmesan Cheese. 

From there, mac and cheese popularity grew throughout Europe and colonial America, even becoming a mainstay in the White House as one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite dishes. At the end of the Great Depression in 1937, Kraft Foods introduced the first yellow (and now, famously blue) Kraft Macaroni and Cheese boxed dinner, selling 8 million boxes that year alone.

Today, both classic and gourmet variations of mac and cheese are popular on menus and dinner tables all across the country. In fact, American’s in-home mac and cheese eating was up 2.5 percent* last year alone. And with good reason!  The variations and possibilities are truly endless.

Some Things You Might Not Know About Mac and Cheese…Until Now

  • A top 10 comfort food for decades, mac and cheese is also the #1 cheese recipe in the U.S.
  • Move over, Burnt Sienna. Macaroni and Cheese has been a popular Crayola color since 1993.
  • The five most popular cheeses used in mac and cheese are: 1) Cheddar, 2) Parmesan, 3) Mozzarella, 4) Fontina and 5) Blue Cheese—with Gorgonzola, Romano and Pepper Jack not far behind!
  • The #1 recommended wine pairing with mac and cheese is Burgundy.

*Source: NPD Group