How can you spice up a box of Mac n Cheese?

United States
October 7, 2008 9:02pm CST
I have a lot of Mac N Cheese in storage and now we are eating our storage as part of trying to get by in life. I am running out of ideas. I have but cans of chili, canned soups, spaghettios, and all sorts of other things. Basicaly we are trying to say out of the store at all costs so we are not adding a lot of meats. I do have a lot of TVP, Cream of Chicken Soup, Spaghettios, and rice if you can mix them in as a well. What do you do with your Mac N Cheese? What can I do to mix things up?
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@pam210 (345)
• United States
8 Oct 08
You can use the pasta alone and save the cheese and sprinkle over popcorn - it makes great cheesecorn. My kids always through hot dogs into their mac and cheese. It only takes one hot dog cut up small and it bulks it up. You can add a little bit of ketchup to the mac and cheese to give it a different flavor. You can also try different spices into the mac and cheese to give a different flavor - some of my kids favorites are cajun spice and pepper.
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• United States
8 Oct 08
I have never thought of using that cheese over popcorn. In the past we have bought cheese powder just for popcorn. I just never put two and two together. We make the pasta out of the box a lot and I save the cheese packets incase we need them later, and usualy we dont. Thanks for helping me use that up.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I don't care much for the powdered cheese. So when I have this stuff on hand I skip the cheese and use the pasta. Several others here suggested chilli mac. Its good to cook the pasta and pour the hot chilli over it. I have also used the pasta and tossed in some canned tomatos, some italian seasoning, some garlic, onions and celery and it was delicious.
• United States
8 Oct 08
Ive made pasta salad out of it a few times, but I am just not that good at pasta salads. I am going to try to mix tomatos in and the seasonings tonight. We have some extra tomatos from the garden that need to be used up soon or else we will need to toss them out. Thanks
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Oh don't toss out extra tomatos! Dice them up and freeze them in small baggies. Then you can add them to soups, pasta sauce and chilli all winter long. I've done that in the past and it tastes wonderful to have some home grown taste in mid winter.
• United States
9 Oct 08
I almost never throw things away. I am the worlds biggest pack rat when it comes ot everything. I will be using them soon.
@jerzgirl (7661)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
8 Oct 08
If your box of mac-n-cheese is that standard sized thin, but tall, blue box (or its generic equivalent), you can add a half can of that chili to it or you can add a half can of stewed tomatoes (make sure they're minced or diced - the whole tomatoes are just a pain). If it's the bigger box or if you're using two of those standard boxes, then use the whole can of chili. You might use less if it looks like you don't need as much as I'm telling you. I did that once when I made WAY too much mac-n-cheese for two people from scratch and after a couple days of leftovers, was just tired of the same old, same old. Plus, the macaroni was getting drier and drier each time I heated it. So, I added a can of stewed tomatoes, stirred it well to mix and heated it again. It was fantastic. A very pleasant change in the increasing boredom of that dish.
• United States
8 Oct 08
I think half the can would do great, I just never thought to do it. That way I can get two meals out of each can. I bought 96 boxes of Mac and Cheese when it was on sale 6 months ago and we are barely half through it. I am trying to eat it when ever possible.
• Malaysia
8 Oct 08
wow... that's A LOT of mac-n-cheese for everybody. you can have a mac-n-cheese party with that. maybe you should trade some of those stuff with your neighbours. that way you don't have to throw it away or eat it everyday and you and your neighbour could save the trip to the supermarket... just a thought
• United States
9 Oct 08
I think we can make it throught it. My daughter makes it a few times a week for lunch and at least once a week for dinner. I may see if I can trade some though. that is a good idea. Thanks.
• United States
8 Oct 08
I just like it really cheesy :D, but you could make it with a different type of cheese like jack or with shredded Cheddar, Parmesan,cottage cheese and sour cream then topped with bread crumbs and bake it.
• United States
8 Oct 08
I like it really cheesy too. I shoud just start going through my fridge and adding stuff to it to see what I end up with. Worse thing that could happen is I toss it and break out a new box to make.
• Australia
8 Oct 08
put some hot dog in it, some dill, bacon, maybe some scrambled eggs, be wild, everything pretty good in it as long as theres lots of cheese, nacho's potato, the list goes on mac n cheese is pretty much good with everything
• United States
8 Oct 08
Bacon sounds good. I have been watching that commercial for the pizza place that now has pasta and the bacon cheese pasta looks great. I dont know why my mind does not put two and two together and figure out that I have bacon and mac and cheese and I can make my own. Thank you.
@celticeagle (111440)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Oct 08
Try mixing different vegetables with your mac and cheese. Try Cauloflower,brocolli, and carrots. Try adding different cheeses too like Romano, Sharp Cheddar, or even provolone.
• United States
8 Oct 08
I have sprinkled cheese on the top but I have never mixed different kinds in. I could try it depending on what I have in my fridge. I need to try mixing in vegis to make a healthier meal out of it.
• United States
8 Oct 08
Try adding broccoli, taco shells (or tortilla chips), or cruched red pepper. If you don't have any red pepper, just hijack it from your local pizza joint...lol! You could even brown some ground beef and toss it in. Th cut up hot dogs is a good idea as well. You would have to just experiment. Anything should work and make a meal. If you have any sloppy joe mix (Manwich is my favorite), make that and mix them together.
• United States
8 Oct 08
I do have some sloppy joe mix that my family isnt crazy about. I made it once and bulked it up with TVP and then served it over rice and it just wasnt what they were used to. I will try that this week and see how it goes over. It sounds good to me.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Well you could replace the cheese mix with real cheese instead add some milk and Velveeta cheese and maybe try some broccoli or if you dont like broccoli try adding some ground beef, and slice some small pace's of green peppers.
• United States
8 Oct 08
I wonder if it would make some cheese soup of I made it runny enough. Maybe I could make a pasta and broccoli cheese soup out of it with an extra cheese pack. Winter is comming and I like warm soups to heat us up. Thanks.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
8 Oct 08
The simplest way to spice it up would be to hit the spice cabinet and start experimenting. My sister in law likes to put BBQ seasoning on hers. I would just start to experiment with the different cans of things you have. Add some fresh or frozen veggies if you have them. If not canned will work too. Rice, cream of chicken soup, and some TVP would make a good easy dish too. You can do chili and rice too.
• United States
8 Oct 08
We heave chili rice a lot. We sprinkle some cheese over it if we have it. At first my family didnt understand why we were not having these huge 3 course meals anymore. I just figured at the end of the day if we are all fed why does it matter how nice it was. We are all fed and I still have money in tha bank now.
@shell94 (990)
• Canada
19 Oct 08
I have added tuna, flakes of ham, salmon, salsa, this is just to name a few of the things I have added to a box of mac & cheese. My family loves the stuff any way it is made. Try adding vegetables to it and bake it in the oven with some bread crumbs on the top. This adds a nice crust like topping to it.
@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
12 Oct 08
I like to mix in hamburger and cooked veggies myself. I'm not sure if you have those things, but...yeah. We try to make our canned and boxed stuff offset our frozen and fresh to keep our meals balanced. We go to the food bank sometimes, and friends give us what they can't use (and vice versa) so we only have to worry about buying from the stores a little bit.
@beaniecat (329)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I like slicing up a polish sausage or a hot dog. I also like mixing in peas and a little red pepper. Chunks of ham are always a great idea for using up leftovers. A can of tuna and you've got your own tuna helper. That's all I can think of for now.
@shell94 (990)
• Canada
10 Oct 08
My family likes to throw in a can of salmon with the mac'n cheese. They love it. I think tuna may be okay as well. They are fairly economic options that you can try if your family likes salmon and tuna at all.
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
9 Oct 08
Take the cheese out of the mac and cheese. Add Chili for the sauce. If you want mix the cheese sauce and poor on top or leave off. If you have mixed veggies. put in the bottom of a baking pan. Add the chicken soup to make a nice creamy sauce and make a biscuit mix and put a layer over the top and bake. It is supposed to have chicken in it too, but could be made this way. Take rice, and add some veggies, add some cheese sauce for a sauce. If you don't have cheese sauce, use cream of mushroom or cream of chicken.
@Lee_Rites (846)
• United States
8 Oct 08
One of my favorites if to add pepperoni, tomatoes, and italian seasonings. I usually cut the pepperoni slices in 4. I also like to add some crushed red peppers to mine and my husband's for a little kick. The kids also like mac and cheese with tuna. It is really good if ya bake it and add some bread crumbs to the top.
• Malaysia
8 Oct 08
mac soup and sprinkle the cheese on top or save it for something else. chicken/beef/veggie stock + some onion + veggies/beans/meat (cut up hotdogs will do) + mac. maybe use cream of chicken soup instead of chicken stock. or maybe keep the cheese for later. cream of chicken soup + cheese. hmm...
@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
8 Oct 08
Try using them with toasted bread, mixing the rice with peas, maybe a little soy sauce or mushrooms, other things would be making a toasted sandwich or a lasgna with a combination of these. Try out combos with opposites in taste and remember that toast goes well with cheese and black pepper goes well with eggs or mayonnaise. Good Luck !
@Wyldrose (1217)
• United States
8 Oct 08
You could go to foodnetwork.com and find tons of ideas for mac and cheese. I like to add some broccoli and ham or chicken to mine, add some extra milk and bake it. There are soo many ways to fix mac and cheese. Good luck, I hope you find something you and your family like.
@ms1323 (260)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I like to add sautee'd onions and peppers, cooked broccoli and, if you have it, browned keilbasa or cooked chicken. Mix it altogether top with extra cheese and broil it. Or just add the veggies.
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
8 Oct 08
You can add a can of tuna to it or you could add peas and boneless chicken to it. You could also cook the pasta, add a can of cream of mushroom soup, a soup can of milk, a little onion, tuna and put in a casserole dish. Top with crushed potatoe chips and bake. Good luck!