Have you mastered the Food Republic best basic mac-n-cheese recipe yet? If so, and even if you haven’t, we think it’s time you tackled the next step. This simple mac-n-cheese recipe offers up the very same Zen-like balance of melted cheese and soft noodle goodness as the original. But switching from the usual cheddar to a smoked gruyère gives this mac-n-cheese hidden smoky depths. Serve some Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce on the side for a kick (photo credit via roboppy on Flickr).