HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
What's your latest food quest?

Kraft Mac & Cheese - why margarine not butter?

magnolia Feb 6, 2001 10:39 AM

OK - all the posts about secret spam lovers has helped me to admit in public that I love Kraft Mac & Cheese. I've done without for four years because I've been too embarrassed to ask guests to bring it.

I searched high though Waitrose and low through Tesco. But my descriptions to supermarket folks (it's macaroni with a little packet of nuclear orange powder) drew looks almost as blank as when I asked for non-dairy whipped topping (but that's another story).

Finally - I have found it! Sainsbury's carries it as "KRAFT CHEESY PASTA" and it's in a red box rather than a blue one. But it's the same beloved stuff.

HOWEVER - I had forgotten that the 'recipe' (let's call it the 'just add') called for margarine which I now hate. Why do you think it calls for marg instead of butter - and do you think I can substitute butter? I'm thinking there must be a really good rationale (unless it's just that Kraft makes butter?!)?


  1. 2
    2chez mike Jul 27, 2003 05:53 PM

    Because if you used butter, you'd be cutting into Phillip-Morris' profit "margerine". ;-)

    1. 2
      2chez mike Jul 27, 2003 05:50 PM

      Why? Because Phillip-Morris only makes margerine, not butter.

      1. l
        louize Jul 27, 2003 02:06 PM

        I'm am very upset. I too am a Kraft Cheesy Pasta lover and I can't find it ANYWHERE, not even sainsburys.

        Please help????????????????

        1. k
          Karma Jan 7, 2003 12:11 PM

          Hi there,

          I know this message is *old* but I did a web search for "Kraft Cheesy Pasta" and this is one of the three entries it brought up.

          It says you found it at Sainsbury's... it will be my next stop! But since the message is a year old, I'm assuming that it's been discontinued... I can't find it anymore, where I used to be able to...

          I miss my blue-box macaroni and cheese and its twin brother, red-box Cheesy Pasta.

          They were both the cheesiest.


          6 Replies
          1. re: Karma
            The Philosopher May 19, 2003 05:16 PM

            I've been looking for this heavenly pasta as well but can't find it.
            If anyone knows where I can locate these heavenly tubes of pasta please let me know!!

            ps- I found a packet recently in 'All Days' (South England - UK). It was more expensive than Soctland so thought I might be able to get them a little cheaper in a supermarket down here if anyone has any ideas?!

            1. re: The Philosopher
              dtremit May 20, 2003 02:08 PM

              In the meantime, you might try this recipe -- it's Alton Brown's "improved" version of stovetop mac&cheese. It looks like it would have a lot of the same flavor.

              Link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

              1. re: dtremit
                SC May 20, 2003 05:04 PM

                I heartily recommend this recipe - it's tastier and easier by a long shot than the typical bechamel-based homemade mac&cheese (and of course probably much less healthy). it's frequently requested in my household.

              2. re: The Philosopher
                doris tay and curly sue Feb 10, 2004 11:42 AM

                we love cheesy pasta too! But are lucky enough to have safeway in Canterbury that sells it for a mere pound. If you want to send me some money i'll get you some as i'd love to spread the cheesy pasta love!

                1. re: doris tay and curly sue
                  squelcher Aug 25, 2004 07:41 AM

                  I LOVE Kraft Cheesy Pasta but for some reason shops in Milton Keynes appear to have stopped selling it. I have searched Sainsbury's, Safeway (Morrisons) and Tesco and no-one stocks it. Any ideas or anyone from MK know where I can find it??

                  1. re: doris tay and curly sue
                    Mr Cheesy Pasta Jun 15, 2005 11:51 AM

                    I have a stash of Kraft Cheesy pasta. How much would you be willing to pay?

              3. v
                VF Feb 7, 2001 07:29 AM

                As I recall, the recipe actually calls for Parkay margarine by name. Parkay is a Kraft product.

                - VF

                1 Reply
                1. re: VF
                  rjka Feb 7, 2001 08:20 AM

                  Parkay used to be a Kraft product. It was sold to someone else several years ago.

                2. g
                  Gene Feb 6, 2001 05:26 PM

                  We share a secret shame. but I use butter and can can find no reason for margarine. Anyway it is great stuff.

                  1. l
                    Lauren Feb 6, 2001 10:52 AM

                    My family would occasionally have Kraft Mac 'n Cheese with dinner when we were feeling lazy and always used butter instead of margarine. So offhand I would say nothing terrible is going to happen if you substitute; in fact, I would say the results would be worse if you don't!
                    If you're not committed to the hardcore Kraft experience, I'd also recommend adding milk/cream and a fair amount of shredded real cheese. I had the basic, unmodified version a year or so ago at a friend's house, and even with nostalgia factored in it was kind of...bad.

                    5 Replies
                    1. re: Lauren
                      C. Fox Feb 6, 2001 12:16 PM

                      I make it with half and half and some shredded or finely chopped Cheddar, and skip the butter altogether. Don't miss it a bit.

                      1. re: C. Fox
                        Kat Kinsman Feb 6, 2001 06:08 PM

                        Here's a link to the end-all page of Mac & Cheese info. Make sure to check out the gallery of generic Mac & Cheese boxes. This person obviously cares. deeply.

                        Link: http://www.wenet.net/~iandg/macfaq.html

                        1. re: Kat Kinsman
                          Ian Feb 8, 2001 12:07 PM

                          Hey, the mac and cheese box gallery's home on the Web has moved - new location is http://www.geocities.com/macandcheesebox

                          And don't forget to send me more boxes, everyone!

                          1. re: Kat Kinsman
                            gordon wing Feb 9, 2001 12:37 PM

                            Thank you for the Mac&Cheese link...boy, you were right...that person does care deeply! Very impressive, if not scary. I applaud enthusiasm wherever it's found.

                        2. re: Lauren
                          magnolia Feb 7, 2001 04:59 AM

                          "I had the basic, unmodified version a year or so ago at a friend's house, and even with nostalgia factored in it was kind of...bad."

                          Yes...but that's what makes it so....good!

                          PS Thanks to the rest of you!

                        Show Hidden Posts