How to Make Boxed Mac and Cheese Even Better (5 Ways)

Some people say that Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect comfort food. It’s quick, easy, and most of all tasty.

But for those who want to spice up their meal a little more than just adding hot sauce or ranch dressing- we’ve got you covered.

In this article, we’ll go over the best ways to make boxed Kraft mac and cheese even better with only a few easy additions.

Add in More Cheese

The most obvious way to make Kraft Macaroni and cheese better is to simply add more cheese.

For those who are looking for a cheesy pasta dish, this is the best way to go.

You could try adding in different cheeses like pepper jack or Mexican to give it a spicy twist!

Fresh Herbs and Spices

Another way to spice up your Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is by adding in some fresh herbs like parsley or oregano.

If you don’t have any fresh herbs or spices on hand, you could also mix in some dried spices.

A few of my favorites to add are onion powder or garlic powder.

bowl of kraft macaroni and cheese in front of an instant pot

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The third way to make your Kraft Macaroni and Cheese better are with some vegetables.

This will give you a dish that has some extra nutrients but also provides some variety.

Vegetables like broccoli or sliced tomatoes are perfect for the dish!

You could also add in some veggies like sliced jalapenos that will give the mac and cheese a little extra kick.


For those looking for something meaty, try adding in cooked bacon or pepperoni slices on top of your Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

The rich, salty taste will complement the milder cheese flavor perfectly! This can also up the protein in the dish.

Hot Sauce

Add some of your favorite hot sauce. Hot sauce is the perfect complement to Kraft Macaroni and cheese.

Whether you like spicy heat, sweet heat, or something in between- adding hot sauce will give you that kick you want!

How to Add in Mac and Cheese Mix-ins

My favorite way to add in these mix-ins is to cook the macaroni and cheese according to the package instructions, and then once it’s completely cooked and set for a few minutes, add in the mix-ins.

I like to do it after it cooks because then I can customize each bowl to everyone’s preferences and make everyone happy.

You can add in one or more of the above mix-ins to take your mac and cheese to a whole new level!

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In conclusion, there are a few ways to make your Kraft Macaroni and Cheese even better by just adding in a few different mix-ins.

You could even make each bowl with a different mix-in to please everyone’s palate and give them a different flavor.

Try it out for yourself and let me know what your favorite is!

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How to Make Boxed Mac and Cheese Better

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Want to step up your boxed macaroni and cheese? Here's an easy way to turn your plain mac and cheese into a gourmet creation.


  • Box of Macaroni and Cheese
  • Butter
  • Water
  • Toppings of your choice: extra cheese, tomatoes, bacon, pepperoni, herbs and spices, etc.


  1. Cook the macaroni and cheese according to the package instructions
  2. Once finished cooking, allow to cool for a few minutes.
  3. Mix in your favorite topping (or toppings) and serve!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 729mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 12g

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  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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