5 Ways to Make Boxed Mac & Cheese a Full-Fledged Meal

One part childhood favorite. One part grown-up dinner.

As phenomenal as macaroni and cheese is, there’s something guilt-inducing about eating a lone box of powdered cheese noodles for dinner. Ditch that unnecessary feeling and start rejoicing in the brilliance of boxed mac and cheese with these five easy meal upgrades. 

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Shrimp Scampi Mac & Cheese

Everything is better with cheese, which is exactly why this quick and easy version of shrimp scampi will change your life. It’s the same shrimp scampi you love, but the base is a box of Parmesan mac and cheese. When you serve this show-stopping stunner to your friends, they’ll never guess its humble origins. Get the recipe.


Caprese Mac & Cheese

So you want a light and bright dinner? Do we have the option for you! Somewhere in between the perfect picnic main and a breath-taking Sicilian staple, this mac and cheese recipe is perfect any time of year — especially when a powerful mozzarella craving strikes. Get the recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

I can tell you’re thinking, “This has got to be one time-consuming recipe.” But I’m here to assure you that you are oh so wrong. Perfect literally any time of day or night, this three-ingredient recipe will have you singing praise to crispy chicken strips and neon-orange hot sauce. Get the recipe.

Green Pea Mac & Cheese

I’m going to be real with you: I eat this green mac and cheese weekly (well, almost). As a staunch believer in a freezer loaded with green peas, I can make this meal in a snap. If you don’t have the same dedication to frozen peas, you can use whatever green you have hiding in your ice chest. Just do yourself a favor and make extra puree; you’ll want it. Get the recipe.


Meatball Mac & Cheese

Spaghetti and meatballs is passé. I say this for two reasons: Cooking the right amount of spaghetti is way harder than it should be, and it’s impossible to slurp your saucy noodles while binging on Netflix. Worry no more; this easy-to-eat and even-easier-to-make dinner will have you loving the modest meatball once more. Get the recipe.

Pick Your Favorite, Or Make them All

All photos courtesy of Alana Kysar of Fix, Feast, Flair

About Hannah Petertil

A known candy hoarder and well-eaten traveler, Hannah gravitates toward grocery stores, where scoping out local favorites and ogling bulk bins could pass as her day job.