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14 Ways People Make Mac ‘n’ Cheese Around the World


Not only is mac ‘n’ cheese a classic comfort food, but apparently it’s an international one, too. Take a look at these 14 ways the dish is made differently around the world — from the Brazilian addition of Requeijão to Finnish makaronilaatikko typically enjoyed with ketchup, you just might find a new favorite variation!

Just as we love it in America, so do people around the world. But macaroni and cheese isn’t made the same in every country. Traditional Egyptian mac and cheese, known as “macaroni béchamel,” calls for ground meat baked between two layers of macaroni and covered in béchamel sauce (a mixture of butter, flour, and milk) and cheese. Käsespätzle, the German version of mac and cheese is traditionally made simply with cheese and caramelized onions.

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Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's Editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.