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9 Mac and cheese + ketchup recipes that prove they're a perfect match

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The Kraft and Heinz merger is the perfect excuse to eat mac and cheese with ketchup

With the recent news of the Kraft and Heinz merger, fans of mac and cheese topped with ketchup are wondering why this didn't happen sooner. Isn't it only logical?

After all, the ketchup-makes-everything-better phenomenon is not a new thing.

Some dip their Kraft Singles grilled cheese in it...

Some top their mac and cheese with it...

Perhaps with this powerhouse merger that will form the fifth-largest food company in the world, we will soon see delightful blue boxes of Kraft ketchup-y macaroni and cheese on grocery store shelves. One can only hope.

In the meantime, while we wait for the convenience of premade boxes, there are plenty of pasta-ketchup mashups out there to satisfy your craving.

1. The classic

The Kraft and Heinz merger is the perfect excuse to eat mac and cheese with ketchup

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No recipe needed here. Just take your standard boxed mac and cheese, and drizzle with plenty of ketchup. If you're feeling fancy, add some ground beef and peas. Spider-Man paper plate optional.

2. Baked macaroni with cheese topping

The Kraft and Heinz merger is the perfect excuse to eat mac and cheese with ketchup

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That cheese! Once you eat all that glorious topping in a cheese-induced frenzy, you'll discover ketchup-infused goodness under there.

3. One-pot bacon cheeseburger pasta

The Kraft and Heinz merger is the perfect excuse to eat mac and cheese with ketchup

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Not only do you get to indulge in this drool-worthy cheeseburger pasta, but you have to clean only one pot afterward.

4. Cheese fries mac and cheese

The Kraft and Heinz merger is the perfect excuse to eat mac and cheese with ketchup

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Because of course you should top your mac and cheese with ketchup and fries.

5. Slow cooker barbecue chicken chili mac

The Kraft and Heinz merger is the perfect excuse to eat mac and cheese with ketchup

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Ketchup, barbecue sauce, cheese. What more could you want in your mac? Oh, it's made in the slow cooker. Double win.

6. Homemade cheeseburger macaroni

The Kraft and Heinz merger is the perfect excuse to eat mac and cheese with ketchup

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Cheeseburger macaroni is so good I had to give you two options. You should make both... you know, for research.

7. Low-fat, raw, vegan mac & cheese

The Kraft and Heinz merger is the perfect excuse to eat mac and cheese with ketchup

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For the health conscious, I present raw, vegan mac and cheese with broccoli and ketchup. Homemade raw ketchup, of course.

8. Ketchup spaghetti

The Kraft and Heinz merger is the perfect excuse to eat mac and cheese with ketchup

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In case you're not in the mood for faux cheese (gasp!), this simple ketchup-infused pasta will hit the spot.

9. Sketti with buttered ketchup

The Kraft and Heinz merger is the perfect excuse to eat mac and cheese with ketchup

Image: Not Quite Nigella

Last but not least, sketti with buttered ketchup for when you want to channel Honey Boo Boo. Hey, don't knock it till you've tried it.

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