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How do you dress up your Kraft mac & cheese?

Yes, I'm not ashamed to admit it ... I prefer Kraft mac & cheese (specifically the three-cheese shells) to any other kind. Here's how I doctor mine ...

Cook pasta al dente and add

3T organic unsalted butter
organic milk (2%)
2-3 slices American cheese--my old favorite was Swiss Deli Deluxe, but they seemed to have stopped making it. I think my favorite is a combination of "sharp cheddar" and "swiss"
the cheese powder packet (of course!)

Then I add one of the following:

* Generous amount of diced purple onion

OR

* Sliced green onions
* Browned ground bison, seasoned (soy sauce, freshly ground white pepper, salt)

With sweet grape tomatoes on the side.

Please share your Kraft mac & cheese secrets ...

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  1. add can of tomatos, sauteed (whole cloved)garlic & onions, a pound of gruyere, some nutmeg. mid week only. ;-)

    1. Blue Box is primo hangover food, but IMO not something I'd eat otherwise.

      Make blue box per instructions. Add some shredded cheese from my fridge (whatever I have, usually gruyere or dry jack or something like that. Add a can of drained tuna and a can of drained mushrooms and a handful of frozen peas.

      Enjoy!

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      1. re: C. Hamster

        We often add a can of drained tuna for extra protein. I also find that the instructions on the box suggest way more than is necessary to add in terms of butter and milk. I literally use maybe a tablespoon of butter and a splash of skim milk.

        1. re: rockandroller1

          Depends what you mean by "necessary" ... I find the amount of butter and milk I use absolutely necessary to the level of comfort I demand from this dish ;)

          1. re: foiegras

            i don't use butter OR milk. olive oil and water!

      2. I don't normally cook easy mac, but I have had it many times throughout my early 20s. Try it with some chopped chipotles and adobo sauce. Tuna and peas is a good fake tuna casserole. It's also not half bad breaded, deep-fried and served with sriracha-ketchup.

        1. We call this version camper's casserole: Browned hamburger, drained kidney beans, drained corn. We used to have this back when we were pretty poor and living in Juneau Alaska, where food is very very expensive. This stretched the hamburger very well.

          This just dresses it up a bit: shredded Romano cheese

          Another take on camper's casserole: Browned hamburger, onions, peppers, garlic

          other kinds of cheeses

          Make it with cream and butter instead of milk and butter (this actually reduces the carbs slightly, but the pasta is still very very carby).

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          1. re: Morganna

            Hmmmmm, cream ... I think you are onto something here, Morganna ;) I feel like I've done this in the distant past when I had cream but no milk in the house, but I think I need to try it again ...

            1. re: Morganna

              I kind of like this idea hamburger onions peppers and garlic. I might try Italian sausage, grilled onions and peppers and garlic.

              Of course.. if you were gonna go through all that, you could use macaroni, ziti, penne or egg noodles and use a real cheese product.

            2. Add stewed tomatoes.

              Add tuna and peas.

              Add broccoli and bacon.

              Or, to go all out, pan fry sliced hot dogs and stir them into the pot of mac 'n cheese. Mmm..

              I picked up a bag of cheddar cheese powder when in PA and so now we make our own mac 'n cheese with whatever pasta we want. It's still bright orange, but it seems to have fewer preservatives in it.

              http://threedogkitchen.com

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              1. re: leanneabe

                Sliced hot dogs and some Franks hot sauce sprinkled/poured on top!