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Dressing Up Boxed Mac-and-Cheese

Upgrade the store-bought stuff with a variety of simple add-ins.

By Kate Merker
Broccoli florets, chopped ham and peasKana Okada

When you want to enhance the look and taste of boxed mac-and-cheese...

Stir in Any of These Ingredients:

Broccoli florets
Chopped ham
Frozen peas
Canned tuna (for tuna-melt fans)

Sprinkle with Any of These Toppings:

Crumbled bacon
Bread crumbs
Grated cheese
Black pepper (for the adults in the house)

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