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Kraft Macaroni and Cheese

Riatta Jan 27, 2012 12:48 AM

Does anyone know where to get the small, thin macaroni that comes in the Original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner? My 82 year old Mom loves that macaroni and I have to keep buying the stuff and throwing out the cheese mix so I can use the pasta instead of other maacroni like elbows. Thanks for your help!

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    Aislyn Jan 27, 2012 07:48 AM

    I have seen it at some bulk food stores (Bulk Barn) here in Canada but I've never used it so I don't kow if it cooks up the same way as the Kraft Dinner one. It is the same size though.

    1. GardenFresh Jan 27, 2012 07:52 AM

      I understand your dilemma; for me it is the Kraft spirals. My favorite pasta shape ever for stovetop Mac and cheese and I have never seen spirals / rotini that small to purchase separately anywhere but in boxed Mac and cheese. My best advice would be to just stock up when they go on sale.

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        Riatta Jan 27, 2012 08:52 AM

        I'm in the US but it's good to know it's somewhere Aislyn. Good idea about stocking up when it's on sale. Sometimes I get the generic version of the Kraft Dinner and the pasta is the same. I'll have to check at the warehouse stores too. Thanks GardenFresh!

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        acgold7 Jan 27, 2012 12:48 PM

        Oh, good God, don't throw away the sauce mix. It's the most expensive part of the product. If you try to buy the mix separately it works out to more than the cost of the whole dinner. If anything, you should be throwing away the pasta and saving the mix.

        You can use the mix for many, many other things, including the late, lamented Noodles Romanoff.

        You can send the packs to me if you don't want them ;-).

        [more on topic, there are a couple of threads about this pasta up here on CH already, and they may have some more ideas about where to find it.]

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          Riatta Jan 28, 2012 02:21 AM

          Acgold7, could you help me find those threads? I haven't been able to find any. Thanks!

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            acgold7 Jan 29, 2012 01:14 AM

            Well.... I *thought* they were here. Now I can't find them either. Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me, or someone was looking for another boxed pasta type and found it in bulk somewhere else. Sorry to mislead you.

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              acgold7 Jan 29, 2012 09:47 AM

              Just remembered (in the middle of the night) that it was a thread about the noodles in Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup and where to get them, that I was thinking of. Sorry about that.

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          calliope_nh Jan 29, 2012 04:30 AM

          Someone on this very recent "favorite Pasta shapes" thread may be able to help. The thin elbow may have it's own name.

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            acgold7 Jan 29, 2012 09:39 AM

            There was a passing reference on the thread to a defunct pasta company with a "cut macaroni" that looks a little like the Kraft stuff.

            Googling that phrase returns a chart at: http://www.food-info.net/uk/products/...

            and perusing the chart it looks like sciviottini might be what you want, although it's hard to tell the scale in the pictures. Unfortunately, no info on where to buy it.

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            freia Jan 29, 2012 05:13 PM

            Since KD is SO cheap, I personally would really just buy it and use the pasta. It seems to me that there are small thin forms of pasta out there but they are "traditional" and accordingly a bit costly as they are specialty items at most stores.

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              Puffin3 Jan 30, 2012 06:11 AM

              When I was commercial fishing many moons ago I'd make my crew 'KD Delight' for every lunch. I always mixed things in to spice it up and no one ever complained (to my face LOL). That was in the 70/80's and the KD macaroni was larger and the cheese was better tasting/quality. I recently visited a family member who was feeding KD to her youngster. I tried it and it looked and tasted different to what I remembered. BTW I recently went into an old variety store that was closing down after years in business. I pointed out to my wife some boxes of KD on a shelf. I went to pick one up but the box had sat on the self for so long the bottom had stuck to the shelf and it wouldn't budge without the bottom coming off. I didn't buy any of the items being sold off. LOL

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                freia Jan 30, 2012 10:39 AM

                LOLOLOL you're right about the KD being different from back in the day...OH and I'd personally throw the orange powdered cheese stuff out, not save it, but that's just me...

              2. mamachef Jan 31, 2012 10:55 AM

                I hear ya. But consider saving the packets. I've stirred it into minestrone at the last, and it was delicious. (The doggy I had at the time filched the parmesan rind right off the counter.)

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                  freia Jan 31, 2012 11:54 AM

                  LOLOL one lucky pooch that night! Our kitties are "counter ants" -- gotta keep an eye out. And personally? KD is one of my guilty pleasures...so its nice to hear of other things to do with the cheese packets when you just want the pasta

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                    mamachef Jan 31, 2012 11:58 AM

                    Mine too, freia. Especially if I'm depressed. It's all about KD mac n cheese, or Idahoan mashed potatoes. (cringe.) Don't tell.

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                      bushwickgirl Feb 1, 2012 09:30 PM

                      Ssssh, will not tell. I "have" mixed the packet with butter and spread it on a split French bagette, then toasted it under the broiler. Not bad.

                      Puffin3, I Iove you. Generally speaking.

                2. chowser Feb 2, 2012 01:58 PM

                  Have you seen Barilla's piccolini line of pasta? They have spirals and other fun shapes. I'm not sure about macaroni.

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                    pdxgastro Feb 2, 2012 07:41 PM

                    Yes, they have mini penne and mini ziti: http://www.barillaus.com/Pages/Produc...

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