9 Delicious Ways to Jazz up Your Mac & Cheese


It was a tried and true staple for some during their university dormitory years—and it might still be what you get a craving for it every now and then. We’re revisiting this timeless comfort food and jazzing it up for your grown-up life. Here are some creative ways to give mac and cheese a  fun twist.

1. Fiesta, fiesta!


Chopped pieces of fresh avocado, chorizo sausage, and diced tomatoes will turn boring mac and cheese into a Mexican delight. For those who like it spicy, add a few drops of Tabasco®.


2. Garden variety.


Add sautéed broccoli, carrots, onions, spinach, and bell peppers for a healthy and vegetarian twist.  Frozen veggie mixes also work very well if fresh veggies are not on-hand.


3. Mambo Italiano.

3_MAC_CHESSE_INTERNALGive mac and cheese a pizza twist by adding pepperoni, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and season with dried basil and oregano


4. Fried goodness.


Perhaps not the healthiest version, but for a night when you feel like indulging, give this a try—cut refrigerated pre-cooked mac and cheese into bite-size pieces, dredge each piece through flour, dip in egg wash and then coat with bread crumbs. Deep-fry in a pot of oil until golden brown, drain on paper towels and enjoy!


5. Western style.


Combine mac and cheese with diced ham, green and red pepper, cheddar, and a hard cooked egg for a breakfast version.


6. Harvest time.


Sautée apple slices and toasted walnut and mix in with your mac and cheese.


7. BBQ style.


Add smoked white cheddar and hickory-smoked bacon for a summertime mac and cheese.


8. Greek style. 8_MAC_CHESSE_INTERNAL

Toss roasted chicken, herbed feta, roasted red pepper, and black olives together with mac and cheese for a meal even Zeus would approve of.


9. Mac and cheese by the sea.


Use cooked pieces of lobster, crab or shrimp for a seafood twist. For a less expensive option, and also healthy, option, use canned tuna.

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