Mac and cheese gets an upgrade with wine-braised fennel

  • Mac and cheese gets an elegant upgrade with braised fennel, Swiss and chunks of ham. (Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

It’s hard to go wrong with macaroni and cheese. A staple comfort food, its cheesy goodness is loved by kids and adults alike, for lunch, dinner or a late-night snack. Even the blue-box variety can hit the spot in a pinch. But to really take it to the next level, you really should go all out with a rich, homemade cheese sauce.