First made in the 19th Century, macaroni and cheese originally consisted of boiled noodles that were layered in a buttered baking dish and topped with grated cheddar or Swiss cheese. The dish was then baked until the cheese melted. Today most macaroni and cheese recipes call for the cheese sauce to be made separately. To boost flavour in your macaroni cheese recipe, use various cheese such as Monterey jack or provolone, and try adding either teaspoon of paprika or a couple of tablespoons of chopped fresh chillies. The recipe can also be made in advance and reheat as required. Prepare it to the point where it goes into the oven, then cover tightly with cling wrap and refrigerate. Place in the oven straight from the fridge and add 10 minutes extra to the cooking time.