Mac & Cheese Day: July 14

image of three bowls of extra cheesy mac and cheese

It’s no surprise hot dogs are a summertime favorite, but macaroni and cheese is a commonly served summer side at picnics, gatherings, and reunions. Between the sauce, seasonings, cheese selection, and the way it’s cooked, there’s a chance for you to try something new with each variation. Here are a few tasty options you can try this summer:

Veggie Delight: Vegetables are an excellent way to add nutrients to your mac & cheese, and creates a healthy spin on a classic dish. Veggies also add a splash of color with peas and carrots.

Spice it Up: Add a splash or two of your favorite hot sauce or spicy seasonings like smoked paprika, red paper flakes, or Cajun powder.

Say Cheese: One of the best parts of a mac and cheese meal is the cheese itself! Enjoy adding some out-of-the-box cheeses you might not commonly try with a mac and cheese dish, like feta, colby jack, or gouda.

Protein Power: Add bacon bits, pulled pork, brisket, ham, or sliced hot dogs for some added flavor and a boost of protein.

BBQ: BBQ sauce enriches mac and cheese with a unique flavor pairing of sweet and savory. Grab your favorite BBQ sauce and drizzle it over top of the dish to enjoy a delicious combo!

Oodles of Noodles: Add more variety to your mac and cheese dish by trying out three or four different types of pasta! A few varieties to try are rigatoni, penne, cavatappi, and elbow macaroni. Don’t be shy to mix and match the pasta, and experiment with a few different combinations to create your perfect dish.

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