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