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Here are the Winners of Our Mac and Cheese Taste-Off

Extra cheese, please! In our first culinary partner throwdown, Marley’s Menu’s classic mac and cheese recipe gets high honors

Kate Ricard at SideChef

Content Partnerships Manager and unofficial SideChef recipe tester. I love talking to people for a living.

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Kate Ricard at SideChef

Content Partnerships Manager and unofficial SideChef recipe tester. I love talking to people for a living.

This summer’s most epic battle was fought and won at the SideChef kitchen arena. Three mac and cheese recipes, chosen from a pool of partner submissions, were prepped, cooked, and judged in our SideChef’s first ever recipe throwdown.

After careful deliberation by SideChef’s in-house personalities (IHPs), these recipes were chosen to take part in the competition: Chelsea Peach Tree’s Buffalo Cauliflower Vegan Mac and Cheese, Throwdown Kitchen’s Noodles Mac and Cheese (But Better), and Marley’s Menu’s Indulgent Mac N Cheese.

Participating recipes were prepared and cooked according to the recipe instructions and judged based on these factors: Taste (40%), Texture (30%), Replicability (20%), and Uniqueness (10%).

(L-R): Tina shows off her dish to judges Whitney, Igor, and Camila

Here are the winners and the SideChef cooks who represented them.

3rd - Chelsea PeachTree’s Buffalo Cauliflower Vegan Mac and Cheese

Mildly spicy and loaded with cauliflower, this mac and cheese has a distinct kick

Taking less than 30 minutes from actual prep to service, Chelsea’s buffalo cauliflower vegan mac and cheese recipe was easy to replicate and packed a sharp and powerful punch on the palate.

Representing Chelsea is Joy, SideChef’s former IHP and Key Account Manager

Try your hand at vegan mac and cheese by following the original recipe from Chelsea Peach Tree below.

2nd - Throwdown Kitchen’s Mac and Cheese

Throwdown Kitchen’s mac and cheese recipe is undeniably cheesy in the best way

With three kinds of cheese AND evaporated milk, John of Throwdown Kitchen’s take on mac and cheese is one sent from the dairy gods. A copycat version of Noodles & Company’s macaroni and cheese, this recipe is rich, creamy, and tastes like your childhood.

Tina, SideChef’s newest IHP, cubed, grated, and whisked her way to the finals

Have an extra-cheesy meal by recreating John’s recipe below.

1st - Marley’s Menu’s Cheesy Indulgent Mac N Cheese

Sometimes you can’t just beat the classics! Marley’s winning recipe is a solid 10/10

The winner of our first taste-off is designed to make the kid in you rejoice. Marley’s mac and cheese recipe is extra creamy, but firm, and packs just the right amount of indulgence to make this meal into your new weeknight classic.

(L-R): Sandie and Lauren pose with the winning recipe

Be a winner in your circle and make Marley’s original recipe below.

KID-FRIENDLYWEEKNIGHT DINNERS

Cheesy Indulgent Mac-n-Cheese

Marley's Menu

Winners of the SideChef’s first taste-off get Walmart gift cards, and their own Winners’ Badges. Thank you to everyone who submitted their recipes and see you at the next taste-off!

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