Easy Mac and Cheese Upgrades 3 Ways

Take regular boxed mac and cheese from average to extra with these three simple recipes that are sure to convince your friends you're an expert chef.

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Dress up classic mac and cheese with these gourmet casserole ideas.

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Macaroni Primavera

Macaroni Primavera

Macaroni Primavera

Photo by: Adam Ford

Adam Ford

Crank up the class with this take on Italian primavera. Just add 1/2 jar of pesto, 1/2 jar of sun-dried tomatoes and 1/2 jar of artichokes to pre-cooked mac and cheese. Mix well and then set the pan aside. Mix parmesan and bread crumbs together in a separate bowl. Add oil from sun-dried tomatoes for extra flavor and mix together. Spoon the mac and cheese in your pan into a casserole dish and top with the mixture from the bowl. Bake until golden brown and then serve.

Macaroni Primavera

Macaroni Primavera

Photo by: Adam Ford

Adam Ford

Southwestern Style

Include some southwestern flavor to your mac by adding unexpected ingredients. Here's how to make it:

Southwestern Mac and Cheese

Southwestern Mac and Cheese

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Adam Ford

Add 2 oz. of cream cheese to pre-cooked mac and cheese. Throw in 1/2 cup of frozen corn, 1 cup salsa and mix together. Fill a zipper-topped bag with corn chips and crush the chips so they're broken into smaller pieces. Spoon the mac and cheese into a casserole dish and top with the crushed corn chips. Add Mexican cheese on top of that and bake until the cheese is melted. Finish with green onions and serve.

Southwestern Mac and Cheese

Southwestern Mac and Cheese

Photo by: Adam Ford

Adam Ford

Pizzaroni and Cheese

Pizza Mac and Cheese

Pizza Mac and Cheese

Photo by: Adam Ford

Adam Ford

What's better than mac and cheese? Pizza and mac and cheese! Combine these two favorites for a one-of-a-kind dish. Here's how to do it. Add a 1/2 cup of marinara sauce to cooked mac and cheese. Mix well and then spoon the mac into a casserole dish. Add another 1/2 cup of marinara sauce on top and then add your toppings – we chose fresh mozzarella, pepperonis and basil. Bake until the cheese is melted and then serve.

Pizza Mac and Cheese

Pizza Mac and Cheese

Photo by: Adam Ford

Adam Ford

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