You are SO creative Tracy!! I’m really sad you have a kid that doesn’t like it, because eating forkfuls straight from the pot while you’re “making it for the kids” is pretty much the best. 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 $$$$. Thanks! 😉 I really worked hard on that one so THANK YOU! I’ll take a bowl of this at Shrimp Fajita Mac & Cheese least once a week. This is the coolest post EVER. 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. But, I’d gladly eat this on a Monday night when I really just want comfort with little effort. My feed is missing c, One of my Saturday projects. Reheat chili in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir chili into prepared shells & cheddar until well combined. I’m definitely a fan. Oops.  Here combine two delicious things— a Bacon Cheeseburger AND a bowl of Mac & Cheese. I made the Chili Mac & Cheese yesterday to bring for lunch at work and I’m speechless at how good it is. http://www.downcellarstudio.com/boxed-mac-cheese/, I hated mac and cheese when i was growing up. My son, Cooper doesn’t like Mac & Cheese. 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. Bake your mac and cheese in a more shallow, wider dish if you want more of that crunchy top. Prepare mac and cheese according to package directions. 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. Add a tablespoon more of … I will definitely be using these ideas. Season mixture with salt & pepper and stir in breakfast sausage and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Brie Jayna Goldstein. Though how can you go past the first combination? Make sure you cook your noodles appropriately when making mac and cheese, especially if you want it to be the creamiest it can possibly be. Cook macaroni & cheese according to package and stir in cheddar, pepper jack, goat cheese and chopped jalapeno. Um… All too often, baked macaroni and cheese takes on more of a casserole feel than the creaminess you're looking for here. Serve immediately. !  There’s something about pasta he doesn’t like (are we even related?!!)  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. The cumin in the shrimp really adds a nice flavor to the mac & cheese. Evenly spread out half of macaroni mixture in a 13x9" baking dish. Awesome stuff. Lunch Date Newsletter #23: The Health News & Recipes You Need to Know - Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN My kids have their preferences too—it can be a real pain in the you know what! Like cream cheese, even just a dollop of mascarpone will elevate the creaminess quotient of your favorite dish. 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. You might think you can just throw whatever, Cooking your noodles in milk instead of water makes your resulting mac and cheese creamier. A lot of questions are about food safety and transferring the turkey from the freezer to the fridge to the sink to the oven. Breakfast for dinner? Mascarpone is a creamy Italian cheese that's the perfect secret ingredient if you're looking for an extra-creamy mac and cheese. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed A cheese like Parmesan, for instance, isn't going to melt super well, meaning it's better for a topper than for your creamy cheese sauce. Nope…this is for “special” … Why? A Mac and Cheese Bar is your new go-to summertime dinner party favorite. To make the creamiest mac and cheese ever, you just have to do a couple of things differently than you might do them now. I just posted a blog post today on a similar topic. Of course I season my ground beef is cooking. In a medium skillet, saute onions peppers with olive oil and cumin over medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes. 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. 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. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Take a moment to think about the best mac and cheese you’ve ever had. Preheat the oven to 375°F. 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 Thank you so much for sharing these ideas! Just keep in mind that you don’t want to add too many mix-ins, otherwise your mac and cheese will bubble … Add bread crumbs, coat with melted butter, and sprinkle over macaroni and cheese. The best way to ruin your mac is to dump a bunch of pre-shredded cheese in. Peppers and onions should be soft at this point.  Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute. The broccoli and shells or the pesto pea look like they might be my favorite, but the others sound fantastic! 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. FIRE CIDER IS YO, My picky eater child loves salmon sashimi! you could turn it into a tex-mex mac n cheese by adding bell peppers, onions, garlic, and jalapenos, along with some pepperjack cheese. 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. Stir shrimp fajita mixture into prepared Mac & Cheese. 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. 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. 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. 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 too thick, which negatively impacts the creaminess. Soft goat cheese will lend a touch of tang and extra creaminess, while blue will bring funk to the party. That chili mac and cheese looks especially delightful . 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! Cook shells according to directions on package. Yes, please. Are you kidding me right now with these?!? 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. You’ve successfully cooked broccoli AND Mac & Cheese. Serve immediately. We combine sharp cheddar, pepperjack, goat cheese with chopped pickled jalapeños. I love how open you are about Cooper’s eating habits. We don't judge, that's perfectly fine. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat . Wow, I add stuff but it’s never as fancy and creative as this! Promise. When I was a kid, my favorite way to eat boxed mac-n-cheese was with canned tuna and peas mixed in! This cheese, according to Martha Stewart Magazine, makes for the most luxurious sauce. I’m going to be exploiting this recipe during football season, for sure. Crushing On - Chez Us Sprinkle half of … O.M.G. Supporting our l, my December mantra: I will find a collection of tr, Sending magic off in the mail. I’ll take a bowl of this at Shrimp Fajita Mac & Cheese least once a week. Pulled stuff from our, I miss diner breakfasts. 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. !  Casey, on the other hand loves pasta in ANY form. So, here’s the thing. When you mix in the cheese packet, also add in 1 cup of gorgonzola or blue cheese. Cook shells & cheddar according to package. The best part about this one is that half of the ingredients can be pulled out of the pantry. Mmmmm Mac and cheese! These gingerbrea, Carbs + Salads= my love language. What Amber said! Worse yet, you might end up with a gritty, mealy mess. But this is making me rethink that whole situation. I feel so bad about eating it, I haven’t in years. That runny yolk mixed in with the shells? I know.). This one seems pretty obvious, but we're going to start with it anyway. Not a traditional candidate for mac and cheese, feta is the true underdog here. Thank you so much for sharing more than one option as well. This one was INCREDIBLE. 3. I seriously googled Annie’s mix-ins a week ago! 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). This one is for the nights when you want burgers but you forgot to buy BUNS! Nice work. I love all of these ideas. As classic as it is, sometimes we can’t help but want to add a little oomph to our mac and cheese. So creative! I love all these jazzed up versions, especially the chili mac & cheese! Make sure you choose a yogurt with some fat content to it, rather than the fat-free kind. If you're looking for a white cheese mac and cheese, you simply cannot go wrong with burrata. Too funny on the timing! Cooking your noodles in milk instead of water makes your resulting mac and cheese creamier. As would a dash or two of hot sauce. Try the cousin to mozzarella, burrata. Put uncooked broccoli into a pot of boiling shells at the last 3-4 minutes of cooking time. In a medium skillet,  saute zucchini, corn,  and onions in olive oil over medium-high heat until vegetables are softened and have a slight char, about 6-7 minutes. The lime adds brightness to the dish and basil adds a little something something. Thanks, Tracy! I’ll seriously be trying these. Add macaroni to cheese sauce in pan and mix until well coated.  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. Kraft suggests 1/4 cup of butter (or margarine) — if you want this creamy you need more than that. Another important step is to salt the water as it comes to a boil. Cook shells & cheddar according to package. Mac and cheese: my daughter requested Mac and cheese to go w pulled pork for part of a birthday buffet. 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