Spice Up Your Boring Old Microwave Mac and Cheese

by Megan Kane

Kraft Mac & Cheese has every college student in the palm of their hands. All it takes to prepare is water and a microwave. It’s simple, accessible, and the perfect snack to enjoy in the comfort of your dorm room, whether you are up late studying for a big exam, need a break from dining hall food, or need a quick pick-me-up during a hard week. Plus, it is sold at pretty much every campus store and mini-mart. But although consuming fake cheese and noodles out of a cup that you made in your dorm microwave perfectly exemplifies the “college experience,” it can get a little repetitive. So, here are 4 quick and easy ways to spice up any cup of Kraft Mac & Cheese:

  1. Buffalo chicken mac and cheese

The only additional ingredients for this dish are hot sauce, a little bit of ranch, grilled chicken, and shredded cheddar cheese – most of which you can probably steal from the dining hall. Just make the Kraft as usual, sprinkle in additional cheddar cheese for more flavor, add the chicken, toss in some buffalo sauce, and add ranch if you feel like it. These simple additions will definitely add some spice.

  1. Peas, spice, and everything nice

Here’s a semi-healthy and tasty addition to your cup of easy mac. This dish requires peas and a spice of your choice, such as paprika, red pepper flakes, or garlic powder. Simply add the two additional ingredients to your cooked mac and cheese and enjoy.

  1. Breadcrumbs

This is a delicious combination that requires only one ingredient. Just get a piece of bread from the dining hall (don’t forget to toast it before you go!), crumble it up, and sprinkle the crumbs in after you take it out of the microwave. So simple! 

  1. Bacon bits

This dish can be enjoyed for lunch as a more filling alternative. Grab a few cherry tomatoes from the salad bar and a few strips of bacon from the dining hall at breakfast. Slice up the tomatoes as small as you can and crumble up the pieces of bacon. Add them in and you’re all set for lunch.

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