Jazz Up Your Macaroni and Cheese With These Creative Twists


Pantry staples help transform macaroni and cheese in a matter of minutes.

Adding new flavors and textures is a great way to take macaroni from boring to extraordinary. You don’t need to make an extra trip to the store to try Betty’s new takes on the comfort-food classic; in fact, you probably have most of the ingredients on hand already. Simply start with a basic macaroni recipe—like our top-notch Family-Favorite Macaroni and Cheese—and give it a new twist with any of the following ingredients.

Sprinkle on before baking:

  • Mix ½ cup fresh or dried bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
  • One-half cup crushed plain potato chips (flavored chips tend to get too brown if added before baking)
  • One-half cup French-fried onions

Add just before removing from oven:

  • One-half cup additional shredded cheese (bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted)

Sprinkle on about ½ cup of any of the following after baking—or serve alongside:

  • Crushed plain or flavored croutons
  • Crushed crackers, flavored potato chips or snack chips
  • Chopped fresh parsley or other herbs
  • Sliced or cubed avocado
  • Thinly sliced or chopped tomatoes
  • Salsa or sour cream
  • Diced bell peppers
  • Sliced olives

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SOURCE: Betty Crocker

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