Four ways to spice up your Easy Mac

Christine Illes
Features Writer

Mac-and-cheese is the ultimate comfort food. There is nothing better than elbow macaroni smothered in a nice, decadent cheese sauce, topped with toasted, golden breadcrumbs. But unfortunately, we are college kids that have to settle with microwaveable Easy Mac or the mac-and-cheese from the Galley.
Nothing can compare to our grandmother’s mac-and-cheese, hot out of the oven.
Hopefully, these recipes will help you beat the Easy Mac blues and will give you ways to give your mac-and-cheese a little extra boost.

The Breakfast Mac
1 package of Easy Mac Bacon bits
1 microwave-prepared scrambled egg
Pepper (to taste)
Crack one egg in a microwave-safe bowl and scramble with a fork. Cover the bowl and cook on high in the microwave for one minute. Stir the egg to make sure it’s thoroughly cooked. Prepare Easy Mac as directed on the packaging. Stir scrambled egg into Easy Mac. Add bacon bits and pepper to taste.

The BMT mac-and-cheese recipe puts a big twist on a favorite.

The BMT (Bacon, Mac, Tomato)
1 package Original flavored Easy Mac Bacon bits (to taste)
¼ cup diced tomatoes
Dice tomatoes.
Prepare Easy Mac as directed on package. Add tomatoes and bacon bits to macaroni.

The Philly Cheesesteak Mac
1 box of stove top mac-and-cheese
One pound or less of sandwich steak (thin cut of steak at the butcher, sometimes also referred to as pepper steak in stores)
2 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tsp. onion powder
1tsp. garlic salt
Pinch of black pepper
2 green peppers (chopped)
1 Cup Monetary Jack cheese (shredded)
Chop the sandwich steak and sauté in the olive oil. Add two chopped green peppers. Season with the onion powder, garlic salt, and black pepper. Cook until peppers soften and meat is fully cooked. Boil and drain the noodles. When adding the cheese packet, add the monetary jack cheese. Add the steak mixture and serve.

For true mac-and-cheese fans, try your favorite food for breakfast.

The Taco Mac
1 box of stove-top mac-and-cheese
1 lb. of ground beef
1 packet of taco seasoning mix
1 cup of Mexican cheese blend (shredded)
Optional Toppings: crumbled tortilla chips, guacamole, tomato, onion, chopped lettuce, sour cream, salsa, or cilantro.
Brown the beef, draining off any grease. Add taco seasoning to beef. Prepare mac-and-cheese as directed on the box. Add beef and Mexican cheese blend to the prepared mac-and-cheese. Pour into casserole dish and top with toppings of your choosing.

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