my 25 yr old daughter loves the mac ‘n cheese from aldi. for 35 cents and a bit of milk and butter, she has a meal in a few minutes.
she’ll often add diced spam, hotdogs, crumbles from her last burger, etc.
i prefer to add different cheese. what i’ve found turns out fantastic is 1/4 cup of feta and/or 1/4 cup of cheddar grated into the prepared cheese sauce. it’s fantastic! makes it so special.
we also throw in leftover veggies, especially 1/2 cup frozen mixed veggies we’ve nuked a bit. so easy and inexpensive – a one dish meal made special with the addition of a few cents worth of ‘good’ cheese.