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Better Mac and Cheese from a box

This is an easy upgrade to boxed Mac and Cheese. For parties, cookouts, and picnics it's hard to go wrong with pasta and cheese and many will even think this is homemade.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boxed mac and cheese, kraft mac and cheese, mac and cheese, mac and cheese upgrade
Servings: 2 boxes
Author: admin


  • 2 boxes of boxed Mac and Cheese and ingredients it requires milk and butter
  • 1 cup shredded cheese any type of you like, I like a Fiesta mix without any spices added
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • First I put water in the pot maybe 1 1/2" from the top of the pot (not the top of the strainer) and add four or so shakes of Goya Adobo All Purpose Seasoning with Pepper and bring the water to a boil.
  • Open two boxes of Mac and Cheese. Put the pasta in the boiling water and cook the pasta for the amount of time indicated on the box.
  • While the pasta is cooking make the cheese sauce. The box will indicate how much milk and butter to use. Put this in a pan with the powdered cheese and heat over medium-low to medium heat. Stir frequently. You want to heat it to the point the butter is melted and it's fully combined. Next remove it from the heat and add 1 cup of shredded cheese and 1/4 cup of milk. Mix together and set aside for now.
  • Once the pasta is done pull the strainer out of the water to drain the pasta.
  • Pour the pasta into your slow cooker.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and mix.
  • If you need to make another batch of two boxes just repeat what you've already done. Remember to put the slow cooker on warm. You can do that a little in advance if you want.


This can be a great way to use left over cheese. I've used cheddar, fiesta mix (Mexican mix without spices), a mac n cheese mix one store had, and Velveeta (processed cheese) is really good too!