5 Ways to Take Boxed Mac and Cheese to the Next Level

Take your macaroni and cheese game to the next level with these over-the-top tricks for mac and cheese tacos, calzone and more.

Mind-Blowing Mac and Cheese

Boxed macaroni and cheese has a certain appeal that just can't compare to the "real stuff." Yes, it's an institution on its own, but combining it with some of your other favorite foods? Prepare to have your mind blown. (Insert explosion sound here.)

Mac and Cheeseburger

Move over, ramen burger — there's a new sheriff in town! Mix the cold noodles with an egg to help bind them together, then form into buns, refrigerate for about 30 minutes and cook in a nonstick skillet. Then just add your burger patty, top with all the fixings and you're good to go. First ramen, now macaroni and cheese — who knows what the next pasta-burger phenomenon will be?

Grilled Mac and Cheese Sandwich

Carbs on carbs plus cheese — what more do you need? Feel free to add extra ingredients to turn it into your own creation. Avocado? We've yet to find anything that avocado doesn't go great with. Bacon? See avocado response. Jalapenos? Muy caliente. More cheese? Why not! All that's missing now is a bowl of tomato soup.

Mac and Cheese Tacos

It doesn't have to be Tuesday for you to enjoy this hybrid taco creation. Use macaroni and cheese in lieu of shredded cheese, along with all of your standard taco toppings. After your first bite you’ll wonder why you never thought of this before. Use crunchy taco shells to hold all of this deliciousness and provide some textural contrast to the pasta. 

Pepperoni and Mac Calzone

To make this calzone, start by mixing macaroni and cheese with jarred marinara sauce and pepperoni. Use refrigerated pie dough to hold the filling, brushing an egg wash around the edges to seal the dough. Brush more of the egg wash on top so it turns golden brown when baking.

Chili-Mac and Cheese Fries

It's time to start a campaign for french fries topped with chili and macaroni and cheese to be sold in sports stadiums across the country. But until that happens, you can re-create this soon-to-be-classic at home with just three items from the grocery store: frozen fries, canned chili, and boxed mac and cheese (of course).