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Homemade Box-Like Mac n Cheese

Like most kids, mine love Mac n Cheese and while I make this recipe from scratch regularly, sometimes the kids want something that tastes less sophisticated, ‘more like the one from the box.’ Sorry kids, not in this house.

I don’t understand processed foods that supposedly make your life easier, but then take the same amount of time to cook from scratch! Plus all those processed ingredients and neon powder that comes out of the box is awful. Instead, here’s a way to make Mac n Cheese just as creamy and cheesy as that terrible cardboard box food, only 100 times better. Trust me, you’ll never reach for boxed mac n cheese again!

Homemade Box Mac n Cheese

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Homemade Box-Like Mac n Cheese


8 ounces elbow macaroni
1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
6 ounces evaporated milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt


In a bowl whisk together the evaporated milk, butter, dry mustard and salt. Set aside.

In a large pot, boil water and cook the macaroni according to directions. Drain but do not rinse.

Add the hot pasta back into the pot along with the milk mixture and the cheese. Stir to coat until the cheese melts. It may look chunky and not orange enough but just wait. Keep stirring and give it time.

When the cheese is melted and all the pasta is covered, serve immediately.

Homemade Box Mac n Cheese prep

2 Responses to “Homemade Box-Like Mac n Cheese”

  1. BD Cruz says:

    add spam? ;-)

  2. Erin HP says:

    wow, yummy! my 2 picky boys say they love it!

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