Whether it's homemade or from a box, mac and cheese shouldn't be boring. These toppers bring a cheesy staple to life. Bonus: They're also a great way to use up leftovers.
Three bowls of mac and cheese with different toppings
Credit: Carson Downing

Mac Attack

1. Southwest

Flavor Formula: Bacon Crumbles +  Roasted Corn Kernels + Diced Anaheim or Hatch Chiles + Cracked Black Pepper

Mac and Cheese with bacon, corn, and diced chiles
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2. Caprese

Flavor Formula: Halved Cherry Tomatoes + Fresh Basil Leaves + Balsamic Glaze

Bowl of mac and cheese with cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, and balsamic glaze over the top
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3. Philly Cheesesteak

Flavor Formula: Chopped Sautéed Bell Pepper + Shredded or Chopped Roast Beef +  Toasted Seasoned Bread Crumbs

Bowl of mac and cheese with bell pepper, roast beef, and toasted bread crumbs over the top
Credit: Carson Downing

Need a starting place? Try this top-rated recipe for Simple Macaroni and Cheese, and finish it off with one of the ideas shown above, or create your own signature mac and cheese topper.

Simple Macaroni and cheese
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This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.