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

Mar 25, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. ET
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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.

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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

ketchup mac and cheese

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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

baked mac and cheese

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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

one-pot cheeseburger pasta

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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

cheese fries mac and cheese

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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

slow cooker bbq mac and cheese

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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

cheeseburger mac

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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

vegan mac and cheese

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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

ketchup spaghetti

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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

sketti with ketchup

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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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