Recipe Review

Homemade Mac and Cheese That Tastes Like Boxed?

updated May 2, 2019
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Q: In our home we try to give the kids healthy food. They are really picky eaters and some things do not work at all — but we managed to make chicken nuggets from real chicken, and homemade hot dogs and other neat stuff which we all enjoy. But the only pasta they touch is the commercial mac and cheese dinner — no matter which recipe I try from the internet, none look or taste even remotely close to the “original”. How can I re-create that unique “cheese sauce”?

Sent by Moshe

Editor: Moshe, two suggestions for you. First of all, try this super-easy and quick one-bowl microwave recipe; it’s quite similar to those boxed recipes — but all homemade!

And then, unfortunately, you may need to go low-brow on the cheese to get that really authentic taste. Try Velveeta, or American cheese singles.

Readers, any tips for that straight-out-of-the-box authentic mac and cheese taste?

Related: In Praise of American Cheese

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