When I was little my favorite meal was Kraft macaroni and cheese with slices of Ballpark hot dogs stirred in. Although I haven't had this dinner in years, I remember it fondly and sometimes crave an intensely creamy stove-top mac and cheese. I considered giving the old package a try, but the thought of powdered cheese made me cringe. That's why I decided to make my own version of Kraft's classic mac. Surprisingly, it's very quick and easy to put together and the resulting dish is comforting and nostalgic, yet a little more gourmet. To ensure a smooth rich texture, I combined Velveeta — what can I say, it's a guilty pleasure! — with a good-quality, extra-sharp cheddar. The mixture works wonderfully and from now on instead of reaching for a box, I'll reach for this recipe! To do the same, get it now and read more.
Original Recipe Ingredients 1 1/2 cups small pasta shells Directions Although I used whole milk, you could probably substitute 1 or 2 percent and still have a thick orange sauce. Serves 4.
Kraft-Style Stovetop Mac and Cheese
1 1/2 cups large pasta shells
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 3/4 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
4 ounces velveeta, diced
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon of hot sauce
freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups small pasta shells
Although I used whole milk, you could probably substitute 1 or 2 percent and still have a thick orange sauce.