“When I prepare a box of macaroni and cheese, I mix in 2 or 3 tablespoons of salsa with the powdered cheese. It not only adds flavor but makes the dish creamier, too,” relates Ellna Vacho of Eagle River, Wisconsin.
If you like, you can vary this dish by using a macaroni and cheese mix with wheel- or shell-shaped pasta instead of the usual "elbows". Or try white cheddar or Mexican-style macaroni and cheese mixes.—Novella Cook, Hinton, West Virginia
What do you get when you combine macaroni and cheese with pizza fixings? This hearty family-pleasing casserole shared by Nancy Porterfield from Gap Mills, West Virginia. "It's easy and tasty, and my grandchildren really like it," she says.
"When I follow my favorite meat loaf recipe, I end up with an extra half pound of ground beef," relates June Ellis. "So I came up with this easy dish to use it up." The Erie, Illinois cook brings this fast family-pleaser to the dinner table at a savvy 76 cents a plate.