I will definitely be using these ideas. The starches in the noodles get released as you cook them, helping to thicken the mixture from the start. The salt flavors the pasta, which will give you a tastier pasta; it's still called mac and cheese, not cheese and mac, despite what some people told you. August 25, 2014. this is great..i like mac and cheese and ramen noodles a lot esp for those days when i dont want to cook or go out and spend $$$$. Oh wow, you are a genius!!! A lot of questions are about food safety and transferring the turkey from the freezer to the fridge to the sink to the oven. (Other things I didn’t enjoy until after college: ice cream, hamburgers. If you have roughly 30 minutes to make dinner, this is what you should make. 3. Stir the leaves around a hot pan with vegetable oil for five minutes, or until the leaves are limp. You’ll think you’re eating chili and then BAM, creamy/cheesy shells are in the mix.  There’s so much  goodness in one small bowl. It’s a creamy/spicy dream.  This one is my second favorite. There's nothing like a warm, gooey bowl of delicious mac and cheese, am I right? I love these creative recipe ideas! Don't just toss the salt in as soon as you pour the water into the pot. I didnt think of doing this with mac and cheese, genius. To get creamy mac and cheese, you have to have a creamy sauce. This dark green veggie will do wonders for your classic mac and cheese. Yes, please. I’ll take a bowl of this at Shrimp Fajita Mac & Cheese least once a week. In my effort to convert him I buy the package of these at Costco. Fantastic post Tracy!! The cumin in the shrimp really adds a nice flavor to the mac & cheese. From chili to lobster to bacon, we’ve rounded up our favourite things to add to mac and cheese, for those days you’re feeling adventurous. What great ideas!! Annie’s Classic Macaroni & Cheese –it’s a classic!  The macaroni shape is my favorite! I almost always have a jar of sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts in my cabinet.  With a little basil and feta you can throw together this little Greek number in no time. It usually carries a more hefty price tag than mozzarella, so rather than simply exchange your mac and cheese mozzarella with burrata, it's more economical to use both; just half your mozzarella amount and put burrata in its place. I usually just use sriracha, but I love the idea of making it even more complex. Salt does not make water boil faster — at least not to the degree of cooking just your basic Wednesday night dinner. Mascarpone is a creamy Italian cheese that's the perfect secret ingredient if you're looking for an extra-creamy mac and cheese. My 3 year old is just now getting into pasta somewhat. Imagine having friends and family over for a night in, where you cook a whole heaping load of macaroni and cheese and … This Mac & Cheese is inspired by my Corn Zucchini Lime Pizza. Love these ideas, especially the chili Mac! Awesome stuff. – Shutterbean Melt remaining butter in a skillet. Michelle @ FullyBellyWornSoles Add in some high-quality, freshly grated cheese "One of the easiest ways to jazz up your boxed mac & cheese is to add freshly grated cheese to it. This one seems pretty obvious, but we're going to start with it anyway. GENIUS! My BF and I get giant cartons of Annie’s from Costco, so we always have some around. Annie’s Organic Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar –whole wheat is a nice bonus! The best way to ruin your mac is to dump a bunch of pre-shredded cheese in. Though how can you go past the first combination? Evenly spread out half of macaroni mixture in a 13x9" baking dish. Like cream cheese, even just a dollop of mascarpone will elevate the creaminess quotient of your favorite dish. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed Cook shells & cheddar according to package. I love the sound of pesto, peas and pancetta! Please do more of these, I need all the help I can get! That runny yolk mixed in with the shells? If you're looking for a white cheese mac and cheese, you simply cannot go wrong with burrata. If you love jalapeño poppers, this one is for you! Serve immediately. place mac in oven for 5 min to crisp crumbs and upper layer of mac. Swap out your cheeses. Sometimes I add peas or sautéed mushrooms to that, and once we added butter chicken sauce and it was amazing. Then again, put sautéed onions on anything and I’m into it. If he doesn’t like mac and cheese, what does he like?! The firm, tasty pasta will hold the cheese better, and make the dish much better. ok now i’m craving boxed mac n cheese. I have a feeling he won’t admit that he likes it when he likes it…. According to Epicurious, using a combination of milk and cream instead of just milk, plus whisking your cheese into the base in three stages will make your sauce the creamiest it can be. I love all of these ideas.  Frozen peas get cooked with the shells, pancetta browns on the stove….pesto rounds out the flavor and bridges the gap between salty pancetta and sweet peas. I hope you enjoy these recipes.  I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Annie’s for helping me make this project a reality.  I’ve had this idea few years and here it is,  THANKS TO YOU! Are you kidding me right now with these?!? Leftovers turned into creamy lobster spaghetti! Place one-third of the pasta in the baking dish, top with 1/2 cup of cheese, then repeat, layering pasta and cheese, ending with cheese, making three layers in all. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to add too many mix-ins, otherwise your mac and cheese will bubble … Stir shrimp fajita mixture into prepared Mac & Cheese. I seriously googled Annie’s mix-ins a week ago! Pour cream over assembled macaroni and cheese. As classic as it is, sometimes we can’t help but want to add a little oomph to our mac and cheese. Nice work. This is one of our favorite comfort foods, and it is both adult and kid friendly, especially when you step away from the boxed stuff with powdered cheese. But this is making me rethink that whole situation. Add macaroni to cheese sauce in pan and mix until well coated. I’m totally feeling a taco version that will come to fruition in my life soon… = ). Cook macaroni & cheese according to package and stir in cheddar, pepper jack, goat cheese and chopped jalapeno. I’ll take a bowl of this at Shrimp Fajita Mac & Cheese least once a week. on this fine MONDAY. I took a shortcut and bought the canned veggie chili at Trader Joe’s. Bacon Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese?!?! Make your own cheese sauce from a roux, then add as many varied types of cheese as you can get a hold of.I've tried using a Five counties cheese block which you can get from most UK supermarkets for cheap (hopefully you can get something similar near you). Creamy Mac & Cheese gets smash-banged with shrimp fajitas! To prevent that, cook it entirely on your stovetop rather than finishing it in the oven. When shells have about four minutes left in the cooking time, add broccoli florets and finish cooking.  Drain shells and broccoli, place both back in the pot and continue following the directions with the additions of butter, milk and flavor packet. Just be careful not to add too much salt to your mac and cheese since feta is quite salty on its own. October 16, 2019, […] don’t understand my child and his tastebuds. In a medium skillet, saute poblano pepper and onion with a glug of olive oil over medium-high heat until mixture softens and develops a light char, about 5-6 minutes. September 7, 2014, […] right here in Italy. There’s something about that texture! Cook shells according to directions on package. Serve immediately. Mmmmm Mac and cheese! August 26, 2014. Peppers and onions should be soft at this point.  Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute. January 28, 2015, […] 10 WAYS TO ENHANCE ANNIE’S MAC & CHEESE […]. Yep, feel free to load up your homemade mac and cheese as much as you’d like. The best part about this one is that half of the ingredients can be pulled out of the pantry. The cumin in the shrimp really adds a nice flavor to the mac & cheese.  Then again, put sautéed onions on anything and I’m into it. This is just too brilliant. August 25, 2014. This Macaroni and Cheese uses an old trick for the secret ingredient to give you the perfect, full flavor classic cheddar mac and cheese. Cause honestly, don’t all parents buy Annie’s mac N cheese are are looking for ways to spice it up? Brie Jayna Goldstein. Of course I season my ground beef is cooking. Love all the flavor combos! Nope…this is for “special” … Boil the macaroni and drain it as usual. Sub out half of that for cream. I’m going to be exploiting this recipe during football season, for sure. I bought a few boxes of Annie’s to try out your other variations. Serve immediately. This one is for the nights when you want burgers but you forgot to buy BUNS! BUT! You also may want to adjust the flour in the roux to accommodate how you're planning to cook your noodles. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. This is so great! O.M.G. Garnish with avocado, cilantro, hot sauce and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Try the cousin to mozzarella, burrata. Set saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until completely hot throughout (about 10 minutes). He won’t eat things like macaroni & cheese, any potato that isn’t a french fry or tater tot, nachos,  dutch baby pancakes, EGGS any […]. If you’d like to see more Mix-In ideas for Annie’s Mac & Cheese, be sure to follow their Mix-In Mondays series on Instagram with the hashtag #MixInMonday. I think my favorite is the breakfast mac!  I employ this roasted sausage & tomato trick whenever possible and you’ll see why! I’ll seriously be trying these. But if you're looking to make the creamiest mac and cheese you possibly can, you'll want to be a little more discerning. Wow, I add stuff but it’s never as fancy and creative as this! I don’t understand how Cooper doesn’t like mac & cheese? Sprinkle half of … Again, you'll want some with a tiny bit of fat if possible for the creamiest, richest sauce, but if you can't swing cottage cheese with fat, the fat-free kind will work as well. Prepare mac and cheese according to package directions. August 25, 2014. I loved cheese, and I loved pasta, but mac and cheese was a combo I just didn’t enjoy until I was an adult. Genius combinations, as usual! It's not exactly healthy but that's the price you pay for creamy mac and cheese. Â, As for the milk, a standard box will require 1/4 cup of milk. Now you're living the life of Popeye and Gwyneth Paltrow. Oops.  Here combine two delicious things— a Bacon Cheeseburger AND a bowl of Mac & Cheese. After that, bake it with some mozzarella on top … !  There’s something about pasta he doesn’t like (are we even related?!!) I’ve been playing with my food since 1979. i like the look of the brcooli an cheese and i have a head of broccoli just waiting to be used in my fridge. document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "ac23d5b83d587f0574344c8f465b8d2d" );document.getElementById("d0c1d33d5e").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); I’m Tracy Benjamin aka Tracy Shutterbean. Make sure you choose a yogurt with some fat content to it, rather than the fat-free kind. The sauce (hopefully) won't get overly thick and clumpy on the stovetop, meaning the end result will be creamy and silky smooth — just what you're after. Season mixture with salt & pepper and stir in breakfast sausage and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes. So creative!  Whenever he’s is working late and Cooper has already eaten dinner and gone to bed, I usually whip up a box of Annie’s Mac & Cheese for us adults.  It’s very rare that I make a box on its own because I love the challenge of coming up with new additions. Cheddar is best but add a melter like fontina, Monterey jack or some parmesan. The super creamy texture of Brie adds a great richness and creaminess … Whaaaaat??? Mac and cheese is always the answer! Put uncooked broccoli into a pot of boiling shells at the last 3-4 minutes of cooking time. I feel like there needs to be a song parody of the Portlandia “Put a Bird on It” about how to make any food breakfasty, “Put an egg on it!”. The tangy taste is fun addition to other staple cheeses. In fact, it's probably a lot less complicated than you might think. I don’t know what I’d do if my child didn’t like cheesy pasta. Another important step is to salt the water as it comes to a boil. 1.  I’m glad to have this trick in my arsenal. I’ve always loved home-improvement blogs, but the fact that I actually know […], Kate @ ¡Hola! after browning, distribute crumbs on top of mac. So I’m equally excited to see Shutterbean share 10 ways to doctor up Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese – I really like seeing the variations, they usually remind me of the “Hamburger […], Emily @ Life on Food August 29, 2014. Soft goat cheese will lend a touch of tang and extra creaminess, while blue will bring funk to the party. The sharpness of the cheese will cut through the butter and cream flavors to round things out. Goat cheese provides creaminess  you’ll love the sweetness you get with the corn addition. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health This combo is amazing in grilled cheese sandwiches — and the same goes for mac and cheese. Salting pasta water is like a giant myth meatball of misleading and untrue "scientific" facts. I can’t wait to try out these new additions! And breakfast mac’n’cheese? When you mix in the cheese packet, also add in 1 cup of gorgonzola or blue cheese. Swirl some in for added depth of flavor and creaminess. My feed is missing c, One of my Saturday projects. Spice it up with jalapenos, a little salsa and pepper jack cheese. I love all these jazzed up versions, especially the chili mac & cheese! Please and thank you.  I threw an avocado on top because that’s how I roll.  For some reason my brain wants to drizzle a little mustard on top, but only do that if your brain thinks it’s a good idea. According to The Kitchn, cooking your noodles in milk instead of water makes the sauce creamy before you even add the cheese sauce. Add a little or add a lot for the creamiest mac and cheese ever. That will ultimately help with the resulting creaminess.  I’d definitely throw a fried egg on top if I’m feeling like going for the gold! Stir in sun dried tomatoes, artichokes, feta and chopped basil. Up the cheese factor on your instant mac and cheese and it’s suddenly as rich and indulgent as the from-stratch stuff. A spokesperson for Reddit tells The Takeout that the thread has been a holiday tradition for the last seven years, so clearly it must be useful enough to reboot each year. Are you just cracking open a box of Mac and Cheese? I cooked two boxes of mac & cheese usually for this. Add shrimp and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Stir in cheddar and serve immediately. We a, Wanna kick a cold or prevent one? OK, I’m back again, reading this again and it is still the best “sponsored post” of ALL TIME. These are amazing, and I love that a basic mac and cheese was dressed up. FIRE CIDER IS YO, My picky eater child loves salmon sashimi! According to, Though a roux is important for thickening up your cheese sauce, you want to make sure that you don't add too much of your flour and butter mixture because otherwise the sauce can get, If you're looking for the smoothest, creamiest cheese sauce for the best macaroni and cheese ever, you'll want to use sharp white cheddar.  An easy way to ruin mac and cheese is with a frumpy pasta — and that's what you're going to get if you skip the salt. August 26, 2014, […] just yet, and will be giving the organic stuff a few more tries with Shutterbean’s many ways to enhance a box of Annie’s. I think Casey definitely appreciates the effort! But seriously these are great ideas for getting some protein and veg with mac and cheese. heheh, All of these look SO delicious! My little sister LOVES mac n’ cheese, but I cringe to see her eat it all by itself. Diced ham, peas, carrots, and more would all be good additions. After you get the butter and cream mixed in, hit it with a shot of your favorite hot sauce, just to round out the cheesy flavor, and you'll have the best 99 cent box of mac and cheese you've ever tasted. Preheat oven to 400F.  On a baking sheet, toss sausage, tomatoes & smashed garlic with a glug of olive oil and season with salt & pepper.  Place in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until sausage is thoroughly cooked.  Cut up sausage and stir into prepared mac & cheese with tomatoes, garlic, fresh chopped basil and ovoline mozzarella. Add bread crumbs, coat with melted butter, and sprinkle over macaroni and cheese. Preheat the oven to 375°F. On the Roasted Tomato & Sausage Mac & Cheese, I see red peppers in the picture, but not in the recipe, maybe it was forgotten? Um… A Mac and Cheese Bar is your new go-to summertime dinner party favorite. That doesn't mean you should turn to that familiar blue box whenever a craving arrives — homemade mac and cheese is the best, by far (and you've got this!). Breakfast for dinner? Make this mac … Add a little or add a lot for the creamiest mac and cheese ever. My son, Cooper doesn’t like Mac & Cheese. I’ve been adding veg /poached egg / seasoning to my ramen for years, but I never thought to spice up mac & cheese. Cook shells & cheddar according to package. This one was INCREDIBLE. Not sure which one I want first, Bacon Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese or Shrimp Fajita Mac & Cheese. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat . Rather than making a more traditional béchamel with whole milk, up the ante with a partly or mostly cream base. oooooo the jalepeño and chili ones! Here’s a simple trick. (Shutterbean) 4. Packeged shredded cheese have add preservatives to keep them from sticking together and to keep them fresher. Tracy, thank you so much for such a delicious and easy lunch idea. Thanks, Tracy! And better yet, use a blend of cheeses! But, I’d gladly eat this on a Monday night when I really just want comfort with little effort. Not a traditional candidate for mac and cheese, feta is the true underdog here. To be clear, I am not encouraging this for daily consumption. For a tasty mac and cheese, you need to salt the daylights out of the water; somewhere around a tablespoon per every two quarts.  All my favorite Summer vegetables! Makes it so classy! Take a moment to think about the best mac and cheese you’ve ever had. Add a tablespoon more of … Well….I still CAN eat it from the pot while making it for the husband 😉 And the husband actually doesn’t mind eating it from the pot so THAT’S another win. you could turn it into a tex-mex mac n cheese by adding bell peppers, onions, garlic, and jalapenos, along with some pepperjack cheese. January 14, 2015, […] 10 Ways to Enhance Annie’s Mac & Cheese – Shutterbean […], Super Bowl Food Brainstorm! I love the gourmet baked stuff, but I equally love Annie’s, and nothing beats it when you’re pinched for time and just want to make 1-2 portions. My kids have their preferences too—it can be a real pain in the you know what! Plus, the flavor is the perfect compliment to your otherwise rich, fatty dish. thanks tracy, Jessica @ Living La Vida Holoka Stir sausage poblano mixture into prepared Mac & Cheese and top with a fried egg and hot sauce.  Serve immediately. When you're considering which cheeses to use for your extra creamy mac and cheese, you might want to consider adding in some cottage cheese. I'm a working mom / wife / photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s a two-fer situation! I’ve always just gone for the KD brand and eaten it plain. If that seems too scary and salty, just do it the easy way: When you add salt, add more than that. This mac and cheese (and excuse the crassness) is the shit. Annie’s mac is my go-to lunch/dinner when I just need something quick and easy and delicious. Italian Parmesan's slightly fruity, subtly nutty notes and grittier texture pair beautifully with the smoother, creamier mouth feel of cheddar. Mac and cheese: my daughter requested Mac and cheese to go w pulled pork for part of a birthday buffet.  Let’s get into it! Using less flour in the roux might help to offset the undercooked noodles. Before we get started,  I wanted to share that I used  four different types of Annie’s Mac & Cheese for these recipes.  Each one of them has their own flavor profile and they work as great bases for the additions. and he’s kinda finicky about melted cheese (only on pizza and sometimes quesadillas).  I’m hoping/praying it’s just a phase. I can’t even…, I can’t decide which one to try first! kale and spinach would be great additions, along with potatoes and sweet potatoes! All too often, baked macaroni and cheese takes on more of a casserole feel than the creaminess you're looking for here. Arrgh, so brilliant I can’t believe it never occurred to me to dress up boxed mac. Well the oven does most of the heavy lifting for you.  That means you can do so much in your kitchen/around the house/kid wrangling while your appliances work for you. Worse yet, you might end up with a gritty, mealy mess. – Shutterbean, 1 box prepared Annie’s Organic Shells & Real Aged Cheddar, 1 box prepared Annie’s Organic Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar, 1 box prepared  Annie’s Organic Shells & Real Aged Cheddar, 4-5 cooked breakfast sausage links, cut into small pieces, 1 box prepared Annie’s Organic Classic Macaroni & Cheese, 5-6 pickled jalapeño slices, roughly chopped, 8 marinated artichoke hearts, roughly chopped, 2 green onions, finely chopped (green parts only). We shall see. Follow this tip: The cheese is the main attraction in this dish, so go with good-quality kinds. I love how open you are about Cooper’s eating habits. Finally, add in the chicken and 1/3 cup of diced celery and mix well. Top each serving with avocado and serve immediately. August 25, 2014. If you're going for the utmost creaminess, opt for a noodle that will hold a lot of sauce. We always did the tuna and peas mac and cheese to mix it up. I have to admit that more often than not my idea of dressing up my Annie’s mac has been a few dashes of Sriracha, so I am super excited to try some of your combos. Stir vegetables, chopped basil and goat cheese into prepared mac & cheese. Add a splash of milk or cream. Top shells with freshly grated Parmesan and serve immediately. Can’t wait to try them, I love Annie’s. Sighhhhhh #shutterbeanbre, Hooray for all us magic makers in this world. I feel so bad about eating it, I haven’t in years. !  Casey, on the other hand loves pasta in ANY form. When I was a kid, my favorite way to eat boxed mac-n-cheese was with canned tuna and peas mixed in! Mix in drained and rinsed canned black beans and 1/2 cup salsa, or more, to taste. Sharp cheeses and toasted breadcrumbs may sound like necessities to adults, but kids often turn up their noses at anything other than a box.In this week’s episode of “Things Cooks Know,” hosts and Real Simple editors Sarah Humphreys and Sarah Karnasiewicz discuss their tips for creating the ultimate homemade mac … Perhaps you’d describe it as ooey-gooey, creamy or cheesy. A fried egg finishes it off with a BANG. But be careful who you tell — once word gets out that you've mastered this dish, you'll have more dinner guests than you can handle! To get creamy mac and cheese, you have to have a creamy sauce. http://www.downcellarstudio.com/boxed-mac-cheese/, I hated mac and cheese when i was growing up. In a medium skillet, saute onions peppers with olive oil and cumin over medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes. In a medium skillet, brown meat in a small glug of olive oil over medium-high heat. WHY ARE YOU SO AWESOME?? Now of course it’s like I’m making up for lost time with my extreme love of mac and cheese, so many thanks for these stir-in ideas! Cook shells & cheddar according to package and in the last 3 minutes of cooking time, place the frozen peas in the boiling water with the shells.  While shells & peas cook, heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat and cook pancetta until crispy, about 4-5 minutes.  Drain shells and peas, prepare the shells & cheddar according to package and stir in pancetta, and pesto. Can you recommend a recipe that will Posted by: luvcookbooks; June 3, 2015; Updated over 5 years ago Rather than making a more traditional béchamel with whole milk, up the ante with a partly or mostly cream base. You’ve successfully cooked broccoli AND Mac & Cheese. We called it Tuna Nunu. You might think you can just throw whatever, Cooking your noodles in milk instead of water makes your resulting mac and cheese creamier. Will definitely be trying a few of these (I’ve got a four and half year old, so there’s at least a year’s supply of Annie’s in my pantry). The sharper, more complex flavors of aged cheddar team up well with salty Parmesan cheese. I want to make them all! I’m definitely a fan. I used to make Cam, “ghetto tuna casserole”, she still eats it with her sister except now it’s just peas, canned baby peas. Buffalo Chicken Mac: coat 1 pound of cooked, shredded chicken into your favorite buffalo sauce. Add nutrition, whatever. ISN’T THAT CRAZY?? Jalapeño You need to make sure that you cook the pasta you're using al dente, which is Italian for "to the tooth," because if you undercook it, your sauce can get gritty from the extra starch. When making mac and cheese, you need to consider your desired ultimate outcome when choosing a noodle. To make the creamiest mac and cheese ever, you just have to do a couple of things differently than you might do them now. As would a dash or two of hot sauce. 14. GO FIGU, Annie’s Organic Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar, Annie’s Organic Shells & Real Aged Cheddar, http://www.downcellarstudio.com/boxed-mac-cheese/, What I’m Craving + Scrumptious Hyperlinks | Posts, Lunch Date Newsletter #23: The Health News & Recipes You Need to Know - Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN, Super Bowl Food Brainstorm! The lime adds brightness to the dish and basil adds a little something something. August 25, 2014. always looking for ways to jazz up my quick dinners, truly awesome! Can I Add Mix-Ins to the Mac and Cheese? You are awesome 🙂. I haven’t had that in years…. Supporting our l, my December mantra: I will find a collection of tr, Sending magic off in the mail. So easy! Reheat chili in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir chili into prepared shells & cheddar until well combined. In this recipe, breakfast sausage is combined with chopped poblano peppers, garlic and onion. These combos sound fantastic. Can I add the macaroni to the trained ground beef onion pepper mix. My boyfriend figured out the best way to mix Annie’s Mac & Cheese using all of the regular ingredients, but yielding a much better result! Place the mac and cheese into a saucepan. Other kinds of cheeses can get gritty, stringy, or otherwise unappetizing, but not sharp white cheddar — that one stuns every time. We combine sharp cheddar, pepperjack, goat cheese with chopped pickled jalapeños. These recipes are so interesting! I just posted a blog post today on a similar topic.  A nice kosher or sea salt will do, just skip the iodized salt unless you love the taste of metal. We ate each chew. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas! Avocado lends an extra dose of creaminess … fortune finds | Fortune Goodies I made the Chili Mac & Cheese yesterday to bring for lunch at work and I’m speechless at how good it is. Mascarpone is a creamy Italian cheese that's the perfect secret ingredient if you're looking for an extra-creamy mac and cheese. At its worst, mac and cheese is grainy, stringy or greasy. Each recipe here serves 2 people or (let’s be real) one HUNGRY person. Basically it looks like a standard mozzarella ball, but when you cut it open it's almost runny — like a poached egg, only instead of yolk it's just the tastiest mozzarella that isn't mozzarella you've ever had. Â. These gingerbrea, Carbs + Salads= my love language. Serve immediately. Too much butter and flour (otherwise known as roux when cooked) will make your sauce more like glue than a creamy, rich sauce. Stir beef into prepared shells along with cheddar, tomatoes, bacon and red onion. Why? Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese. Hope you don’t mind my posting the link: You might think you can just throw whatever cheeses you happen to have in the fridge into your mac and cheese, and, to a certain extent that's true. Bake your mac and cheese in a more shallow, wider dish if you want more of that crunchy top. Actually… I ate it so often when I was pregnant with my son (he’s 9 months old now) that my husband nicknamed him Chili-Mac! This is the coolest post EVER. Can’t wait to try some of these out! This is AWESOME!!!! Serve immediately. You don't have to stick with macaroni every time just because that's the technical name of the dish. This post has me very excited! Lunch Date Newsletter #23: The Health News & Recipes You Need to Know - Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN After working with the shells, I loved using Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese pasta.  I really couldn’t stop eating it. I know.). Tuna Melt Mac ‘n’ Cheese… You’re so creative! It's pretty likely you're not putting in enough. The frozen vegetables will defrost and warm up right in the hot pasta and cheesy sauce. Thanks! These are some fancy mac and cheese recipes and I love that they come from a box.