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New Ways to Eat Boxed Macaroni and Cheese

Boxed mac and cheese is good on its own, but when you add a few things to the mix, it becomes especially delicious, and even sometimes nutritious. The carbs and cheese pair well with greens, meat, and other complements, and they prove that boxed macaroni and cheese can serve as a blank slate to create a new cheap, easy, and cheesy masterpiece. We’re highlighting seven ways to get it done. Whether you want to bulk up your mac and cheese to make it more indulgent, more healthy, or more meaty, you’ll find a recipe on this list for you. Pull out your favorite box of mac and cheese and get ready to upgrade.

1. Upgraded Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese, pasta, ramekin

Macaroni and cheese, pasta, ramekin Mac and cheese | iStock.com

Our first recipe from Food.com makes your typical boxed mac and cheese a little more satisfying by adding sour cream, cheddar cheese, crushed crackers, and pepper to the mix. The crushed crackers give the cheese dish some crunch while the sour cream and extra cheddar cheese make it even more indulgent. If you’re going to skip the homemade route, this is the best way to make your mac and cheese taste especially good, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and energy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package boxed macaroni and cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper or ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 butter flavored crackers, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine, melted

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare mac and cheese as instructed on package. Stir in ½ cup of the cheddar cheese, sour cream, and pepper. Put mixture into greased 1½ quart baking dish; sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheddar cheese. Combine the melted butter and cracker crumbs and sprinkle over the top. Bake for 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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