Hack Mac & Cheese: From Boxed to Breathtaking

My kitchen is my retreat. I love getting creative with recipes, substituting ingredients and adding new, unexpected flavors. Plus, tweaking our favorites to create something original helps me avoid a repetitive dinnertime routine. My kids, however, would love nothing more than to have the same dish every day—especially if it’s mac and cheese. That’s why I’m hacking this dinnertime staple. With just some boxed mac and a few extra ingredients, these dishes come out impressive enough to serve company without anyone wondering if you’re still in college. And they’ve all received the coveted award of family silence: when all conversations come to a halt because everyone is busy enjoying each bite.

Three New Ways to Enjoy Mac and Cheese

Stretch that box of mac with a Shipwreck Dinner. It’s a favorite dinnertime option, with colorful veggies and mozzarella cheese. Any leftovers can be taken to work or school the next day, and it’s actually even tastier a day after being prepared.


My personal favorite, the Macaroni Timbale, elevates basic mac and cheese to the level of gourmet pasta. Everyone in the family can appreciate the mouthwatering mix of fresh mushrooms plus garlic, tomatoes and honey smoked turkey breast!


If you’re in the mood for a juicy cheeseburger but also have a hankering for some good old-fashioned mac and cheese, try this Zesty Cheeseburger Mac Casserole! It’s a delicious blend of favorite tailgating flavors but still manages to be surprisingly good for you.

How do you like to remix your mac?


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