Mac n' Cheese hacks

Mac Hacks: 9 College-Worthy Ways to Make Microwave Mac n’ Cheese Cups

Ah, college—the time to experiment and have fun…with food.

Whether you’re craving a late night snack or the cafeteria just isn’t cutting it, you should have an easy and delicious go-to recipe that can be made in a microwave. In college, microwaves are equivalent to a full kitchen or a really talented sous-chef. They can help you make almost anything—our favorite microwavable meal being mac n’ cheese in a cup.

Ooey gooey mac n’ cheese reminds us of home while not requiring us to be graduates of Le Cordon Bleu.

The Target Test Kitchen hacked Market Pantry mac n’ cheese cups to create nine noteworthy recipes hungry students can whip-up in a dorm room or dining hall. All you need is a microwave and some basic add-in ingredients.

We asked real college kids to put these mac hacks to the test—take a look at the recipe reviews below and get cookin’.

A few of our college judges cheese for the camera

1. Pepperoni Pizza Mac: Stir in pepperoni slices, shredded mozzarella cheese and sliced olives.
Ave. Score: 3.6/5 
Judge says: “Nothing like a pizza but I’d snack on this again.” – Charles, Princeton University

2. Beer and Bacon Mac: For those 21 and up, make mac n’ cheese using beer in place of water. Stir in bacon crumbles. Try an alcohol-free brew like O’Doul’s if you are under 21. We used Coors Light for our version.
Ave. Score: 1.2/5
Judge says: “I’d rather just have these separately. Not a winning combo.” – Kate, University of Pittsburgh

3. Jalapeno Popper Mac: Stir in pickled jalapeno slices, cream cheese and crushed croutons.
Ave. Score: 2.2/5 
Judge says: “Jalapenos make everything better.” – Nick, Savannah College of Art & Design

4. Coconut Curry Mac: Make mac n’ cheese using coconut milk in place of water; stir in curry powder.
Ave. Score: 4.8/5 
Judge says: “Unexpectedly good! This could easily pass as a gourmet dish.” – Becky, Washington University in St. Louis

5. Walking Taco Mac: Stir in crushed Doritos chips, Mexican cheese, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes.
Ave. Score: 3.8/5
Judge says: “Mexican mac n’ cheese—love it. ¡Olé!” – Charles, Princeton University

6. Chicken Ranch Mac: Stir in ranch dressing and cooked chicken.
Ave. Score: 2.6/5 
Judge says: “Why did you do this to me?”- June, Rhode Island School of Design

7. Loaded Baked Potato Mac: Stir in sour cream, chives, bacon crumbles and cooked frozen broccoli.
Ave. Score: 4.2/5
Judge says: “Hearty and delicious—what’s not to love?” – Becky, Washington University in St. Louis

8. Mom’s Tuna Casserole: Stir in a pouch of tuna. That’s it!
Ave. Score: 2.4/5 
Judge says: “Tastes like a tuna melt!” – Nick, Savannah College of Art & Design

9. Ballpark Mac: Stir in hot dogs and yellow mustard.
Ave. Score: 3/5 
Judge says: “Classic American ingredients make this an instant home run.” – Becky, Washington University in St. Louis

Do you have your own mac hack? Share your recipe with us at @ABullseyeView.

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