Intro: Make a Better Blue Box Mac and Cheese (Without Any Extra Ingredients)
We all know the drill when you open up a blue box of Mac and cheese. Cook the pasta, drain the water, throw in some dairy and the mystery powder in the mess and stir. You'll usually come up with some soupy mess that barely looks like the mac and cheese you find on the box. This guide will show you how to make a better mac and cheese, with only the ingredients inside the box, and the ones on the label.
Step 1: Materials and Ingredients
- Mac and cheese box (Kraft, generic, or otherwise)
- A pot to boil water in
- A large pan
- Something to stir with, preferably a rubber spatula.
- Pasta strainer
Step 2: Boil the Pasta
Simple enough. Just boil the water, throw in the pasta, and set the timer for 7-10 minutes (Or whatever amount of time your box says) As soon as your set your timer, do the next step immediately. You are going to cook the sauce while the pasta is boiling.
Step 3: Making the Sauce
The difference between the traditional method any my method is the way the sauce is prepared.
Melt the butter in a separate pan over medium-low heat.
I'm using a good chunk less than what the box says, because I'm not Paula Deen, and don't want to give myself a heart attack in my 20s, but feel free to adjust how much butter you use to your liking. The amount of butter doesn't seem to effect the consistency or taste in my experience.
Step 4: Add the Mystery Powder
After all the butter is melted, pour in the orange mystery powder into the pan and spread it around with your spatula.
Step 5: Add Milk
Pour a 1/4th cup of milk over the mixture. It looks a bit gross, but it'll get better when you start stirring it.
Step 6: Stir
Start stirring the mixture around, ensure that the mixture is smooth and yellow.
You're gonna want to stir it like you're gathering it up in one spot, piling up the coagulating bits of sauce into one area.
If you're a little confused, use the pictures as reference. Keep mixing until your pasta is boiled.
Step 7: Drain the Pasta
Take your pasta strainer and drain the pasta.
Step 8: Add Sauce and Stir
Pour in the sauce into the pasta and stir until all the pasta is a bright shade of yellow-orange.
Step 9: Serve and Enjoy!
Pour it in a bowl and enjoy your delicious efforts!