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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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The Parmesan crisps will be pliable right out of the oven but will firm up and get sticky as they cool. Remove them promptly with an offset spatula and let them cool on a plate. They can be made up to 1 day in advance; store at room temperature, tightly covered. The soup can be made up to I day in advance; refrigerate, covered.