Believe it or not there is a trick to make boxed mac & cheese. All the ingredients should be hidden in your spice cabinet and the only other thing you need is a whisk. follow these simple tips to help your mac & cheese come alive.
Boiling the Pasta
Follow the directions on whichever box of mac & cheese you purchased. I do recommend adding a little bit of salt and seasoning to the water before you start boiling it. This will add flavor to the pasta especially pasta coming out of the box. I usually use basil and a little bit of salt. You can add things like garlic powder or whatnot but at this stage you really aren’t going to impart that much flavor into the pasta, but it definitely adds a bit of zing to it. Once the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain it in a colander, put a lid on it and leave it in the sink. The lid will help to keep it warm while you make the cheese sauce.
Preparing the Cheese Mix
Using the same pan you boiled the pasta in, mix the milk, butter and powder or what ever ingredients your brand calls for together and wisk over the previously warm burner if you have an electric stove. If the burner isn’t still warm, put the burner on simmer and make sure that you wisk often so it won’t stick to the bottom of the pan. You might need to take it off the still hot burner from time to time so it won’t burn. The heat will help to thicken the reconstituted cheese. Once the cheese sauce is steamy and thick, add in the pasta and mix thoroughly with a large wooden spoon. Leave the lid on for a couple minutes, stirring periodically will also help to thicken the cheese sauce.
When adding additional cheese I tend to add it after the pasta and cheese are mixed together. This is about the time I add more basil to the mac & cheese. You can also add garlic powder, or any other spice you deem appropriate. A little pepper on top is always tasty. If you are going to have it has a meal; fry, boil or nuke a couple of hotdogs, chop them up and add them to the pasta. You can even reheat it in the oven coated with breadcrumbs on it. All I can say is, Yum!