questionswhat's your favorite add-in for macaroni and…

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I like extra cheese and just a little bit of cayenne pepper.

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I like making it with mushrooms, and 1/2 smoked gruyere to 1/4 NY sharp cheddar and 1/4 extra sharp cheddar.

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Cream of mushroom soup and tuna with a bit of extra cheese

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@jylissia: My Mom use to make that but she added peas. Good stuff.

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My wife makes it with ground chuck, and I like to dump salsa on top of mine.

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I have a few favorites. The first is chunks of ham, and the second includes two add ins, steak and broccoli. MMM makes me want to go make some right now! :)

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Chicken, Bacon, and leeks with panko on top.
The cheese portion is extra sharp cheddar, and pepper jack with cayenne added to the mix.

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Mine was always Tuna and Peas. Our family always called it Tuna-Glop. Ahhh nostalgia.

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@wickedd365: I hate even the smell of peas, but my wife loves them in her mac & cheese.

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More cheese. Keep it simple.

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@bindsocket - sounds like what my dad always made. I love putting tuna and peas in mine too - bascially glorified "tuna helper". My dad would put whatever was in the fridge/freezer as far as meat/veggies into mac and cheese and the various "helper" products. Made for very interesting meals during the divored years. Luckily I was mostly at college and apartments during that time...my brother was subject to many more of those meals than I was.

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A small can of diced green chilis & some extra cheddar cheese. It's pretty good reheated after a late night too. A crappy can of Hormel Chili (with or without beans) works well in a pinch. Just don't do sliced hotdogs, MOM!

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@lavikinga: My mom used to put sliced hotdogs in mac n cheese all the time, still does for my nieces and nephews

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I add chorizo to mine. Sometimes I add corn too.

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I'm a simple woman. I make a cheese sauce out of heavy cream and sharp cheddar, usually that is all I require. If I want to go all out I may sprinkle more shredded cheddar on top before pulling the mac and cheese out of the oven.

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Always extra cheese, sometimes either fresh basil or broccoli.

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@jylissia: I've added peas to the tuna and cream of mushroom as well. Is this just a Texas thing?

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Bacon and more cheese and butter!

I'm suddenly craving it now.

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Parmesan cheese. Some of the above sounds good. I might have to make some, got the munches now.

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Another vote for bacon and salsa.

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Just like @pattiq, I add parmesan cheese on top of boxed mac and cheese; it adds a nice flavor, but more than that, the texture is great! I'll add tuna to boxed mac and cheese if I need the protein, but I don't love it.

Homemade mac and cheese, it's toasted butter bread crumbs on top; I highly recommend using panko breadcrumbs (put breadcrumbs into a baking dish, mix in melted butter, toast in the oven at 400 for about 15 minutes). SO GOOD.

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A quarter head of shredded and blanched (30-60 seconds in boiling water, then straight out) cabbage goes surprisingly well with...well, everything. Including Mac & Cheese.

As a semi-related aside, has anybody tried nutritional yeast before? I swear that it tastes somewhat like the powder "cheese" that comes with mac & cheese when you mix it in with something a little watery.

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When the noodles are almost done, I drain them, add a can of chopped tomatoes, spices and stir.
Whilst that is sitting I brown up some diced ham, and add chopped onions and Tabasco to that.
Then add the mushroom soup, a spoon of mayo and some chopped broccoli crowns.
I too use cream and sharp cheddar, but sometimes I add a little mozzarella for the taste and stringiness.
Mix it all together, pour into the pan, top with Italian breadcrumbs, and bake.

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I always cook my pasta with some chicken bouillon and salt, then doctor up the cheese sauce with dried mustard, more chicken bouillon, white pepper, sometimes seasoned salt, and I love to add paprika (smoked if you're feeling adventurous) and cayenne. I agree that ham goes well with it, nice chunks of salt-cured ham, or fried up on the side. Yum.

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peas and cheese. i also add in some hot sauce, but just in mine. everyone else cannot stand the heat.

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Brown mustard. I always mix it in with my mac n cheese to give it a little kick.

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My sister-in-law takes all left over hunks of cheese from parties, the fridge and leftovers and throws them in the freezer. When it comes time to make Mac and Cheese, she uses all her freezer cheese. Very good.

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Hot Sicilian sausage (cut up into manageable pieces), a little diced onion, minced garlic and a bit of cayenne pepper. Top it with some nice parmesan and pecorino romano cheese. I like my mac and cheese with a little kick. :)

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Broccoli, red pepper flakes, and a touch of BBQ sauce

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We are making this tonight, Broccoli, Sausage, and Chipotle pepper. Next time it's gonna be lobster, though.