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Last edited at 4:40AM on 7/5/2012
Cook the pasta in low sodium chicken broth. Cook two strips of bacon and while you are chopping up the bacon, saute chopped fresh or dried thyme and 1/4 cup chopped onion in the bacon drippings. Drain the onion mix on a paper towel. Add the bacon, thyme and onion to the cheese sauce. If you have leftover vegetables like broccoli, squash, cauliflower, green beans, snow peas, black beans, etc. are good to add too.
I agree with Tink and AldursOrb - either salsa or rotel, whichever is your favorite. Those are the best additions - something about the synergy created when you add tomato and onion to cheese is fabulous!
Boxed Mac and Cheese is a great canvas to create just any style meal. Ground mustard and paprika will give it a homemade taste. Onion powder is good too. To create different ethnic flavors, try these tips. To make an Italian mac, add Julienne of pepperoni, fresh oregano and canned diced tomato. For Greek mac and cheese, add crumbles of feta, sun-dried tomatoes and oregano. For Latin flair, add cumin, cilantro and ground beef. My kids love this one!! For Mac and Cheese Primavera, add steamed broccoli and a variety of colored peppers and garnish with Pecorino Romano. For a Mac and Cheese Americana, fold in fresh thawed green peas, cheddar cheese and slivers of deli ham. For Mac and Cheese Chicken Curry, stir in chunks of cooked chicken, curry powder and Greek yogurt. or an Asian inspired mac and cheese, replace regular milk with coconut milk, and fold in thinly sliced green onion, cleaned and cooked shrimp, pressed garlic, and a little fish sauce. A small amount of Sambal Oelek can be added for some heat!!
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Last edited at 12:13PM on 7/5/2012
Have you tried Sriracha Hot sauce ? (idk if I spelled that correctly) Not fatally spicy but very tasty. You could add some Cabot Seriously sharp cheddar...hunters choice, or new york style..they`re all good. Dunno `bout human flesh and puppy crap but Tuna or salmon flesh with peas are good..can even add anchovie mushed up in careful moderation...very good in spaghetti sauce too.
1) garlic and chopped pepperoni (pizza feel) 2) horseradish for some spice (a different kind of spicy) 3) chopped olives and red pepper (italian or greek feel) 4) buffalo sauce and some blue cheese on top (wing feel) 5) broccoli and jalapenos (variation of broccoli and cheese soup)
If you want a really good, plain Macaroni and Cheese add a tablespoon of mustard powder and a 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg into your beachemel (butter, finely minced onion and garlic, flour, milk and half&half) sauce along with a really good sharp cheese, salt and white pepper. You could add a little cayenne too, with lobster or shrimp. Just make sure if you're baking it, to have your pasta a little underdone before it goes into the oven. That way everything comes out perfectly cooked.
Here are some of my suggestions (fit your taste): Salt and pepper Tabasco sauce Cayenne pepper Salsa Sausage Bacon Tuna Mustard And it's always best to make your own macaroni! It always tastes better than the box.
A nice pungent cheese will give it a nice bite - try arigiano cheese or any other type of strong cheese you can think of. Combined with fresh garlic (stay away from powedered) a dallop of salsa & some freshly cracked pepper..it would be amazing!