Everybody's favorite comfort food gets a delicious upgrade with these fun mix-ins. Imagine the pastabilities!


Make the Macaroni

In a pot, melt 1 stick butter over medium. Add 1/2 cup flour; stir until mixture bubbles and thickens, about 2 minutes. Whisk in 1 quart whole milk. Stir until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add 1 lb. cooked macaroni. For a classic mac & cheese, melt in 3 cups grated cheddar and 1 cup grated Parmesan--or stir things up with one of these easy twists instead!

1. Tuna Melt

Melt in: 4 cups grated Swiss

Stir in: Chopped celery and shallots, cooked in butter until soft, and oil-packed tuna, drained

2. Sausage & Peppers

Melt in: 4 cups grated provolone

Stir in: Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled, and sliced peppers and onions, cooked in olive oil until soft

3. Tex-Mex

Melt in: 4 cups grated Colby jack

Stir in: Shredded rotisserie chicken, chopped fresh cilantro and canned, chopped jalapeños, drained

4. Prosciutto & Asparagus

Melt in: 4 cups grated smoked Gouda

Stir in: Steamed asparagus, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, and prosciutto, cooked until crispy, then crumbled

5. Pasta Primavera

Melt in: 8 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

Stir in: Baby spinach, halved cherry tomatoes and frozen peas, thawed

6. Totally Rad Shrimp

Melt in: 4 cups grated Parmesan

Stir in: Chopped cooked shrimp and radicchio, shredded and cooked in olive oil until soft.

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