Masala Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Living with a toddler we go through a lot of Mac and Cheese, but somehow we never finish a box completely.

I would make a box for Ziya’s lunch or dinner and she would have it for a meal or two but 80 percent of the cooked box would still sit in the fridge. Too bland for my husband and I, it would eventually go in the trash a couple days later. Eventually I got tired of throwing away so much food so decided to transform it for my husbands lunch and by some chance happened on this amazing twist.

Yield: Servings: 2

Masala Mac and Cheese

Spicy Masala Mac and Cheese Recipe

A spicy pasta with creamy cheese sauce and tons of flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 box of Mac and Cheese prepared per box instructions
  • 1 small onion diced fine
  • 1/4 diced bell pepper
  • 4 Thai Chilis chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 inch of ginger minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 sliced Amul cheese or American cheese
  • 1 tablespoon oil for cooking


  1. Prepare box of mac and cheese per package instructions. (We use Annie's shells but you can use your favorite)
  2. Heat nonstick pot on medium low heat, add oil.
  3. Add diced onion, bell pepper, ginger, garlic, and thai chilis and cook until translucent and soft, you don't want it to brown.
  4. Add turmeric, red chili powder, ground cumin, and garam masala and cook for 30 seconds, make sure the spices don't burn.
  5. Add prepared mac and cheese along with a quarter cup of water.
  6. Let everything heat up and cook on low heat for 2 minutes.
  7. Slowly add your slices of cheese and stir until it melts.
  8. Serve it hot and enjoy.


I make this with two days old mac and cheese but you can do it with refrigerated or freshly prepared.

This is a great bottom of the fridge recipe, I throw in vegetables I have left over and cheeses that are almost finished. Don't be afraid to experiment.

This is a great way to use one meal with kids and adults in the same house.

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Anum Shah

Masterchef at A SpiceBox
Anum Shah is a recipe developer and owner of She learns, tries, and obsesses over cooking techniques until nailing the perfect recipe. Recipes range from healthy, tasty, and easy kid recipes to complex, spicy and savory creations for adults.
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