Mac & Cheese Add-Ins
1. Hot dogs
This is a classic paring—mac and cheese with hot dogs! It doesn’t get any better or more comforting. Plus, it’s super easy and will add a little protein to your meal.
Once your mac and cheese is combined, add a drained can of tuna (packed in water). Stir thoroughly to break up the tuna. Tuna works great with white cheddar mac to create a “stovetop” tuna casserole.
Pasta and peas go together perfectly. The peas are great with either white cheddar or the classic variety of macaroni and cheese. Boil a cup of frozen peas right with the noodles and stir in the sauce. You can also compose a great cold salad using macaroni noodles, peas (cooked together) and parmesan cheese. Toss with a tablespoon of olive oil and cracked pepper.
Use of leftover ham by adding chunks to your macaroni and cheese! If you visit the deli, you can also ask them to slice up ham into thicker slices or look for ham steaks (which need to be pre-cooked). Sauté the steaks in a skillet, cube and add to your mac and cheese recipe.
Another classic paring is tomato with macaroni and cheese. The creamy cheese goes great with the tangy tomato. Dice a tomato into cubes and add as a final touch to your macaroni and cheese. Or just dump in a can of diced tomatoes and add a bit of chili powder for kick!
6. Tomato Soup
Tomato soup—the old standby canned variety is the perfect background for macaroni and cheese. Simply boil plain noodles, drain, add in a can of condensed tomato soup and stir a few cups of cheese. Add pepper and you’re enjoying the ultimate comfort food.