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Loaded Boxed Mac N Cheese

If you're looking for a quick and easy meal, you have to try this recipe for Loaded Boxed Mac N Cheese! I'll show you how to make box Mac N Cheese better with just a few simple tips and some optional mix-ins.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
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Ingredients

  • 1 box of Inspired Organics Mac N Cheese
  • 1 cup of steamed broccoli optional
  • 1 cup of diced grilled chicken optional
  • 1 tbsp everything but the bagel seasoning optional
  • 1 tbsp green onions chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Add a dash of salt to a pot of water and bring to a boil.
  • Reserve ~¼ cup of pasta water to add in to help your sauce stick to the noodles
  • When possible use a boxed mac n cheese with a sauce, like Inspired Organics! They’re the most creamy dreamy! Add 1-2 tbsp of your reserved pasta water to help the cheese sauce stick to the noodles. You can add more or less depending on how thick or thin you like your sauce.
  • Next, add in any optional ingredients you’ll be adding. Mix it up and enjoy!

Notes

Salt the water: Italians like it to be "salty like the sea", but even a few pinches will help add flavor to your finished mac and cheese.
Reserve the cooking liquid: Keeping some of the salty, starchy cooking water to add to the sauce helps the sauce stick to the noddles and makes everything that much more silky and creamy.
Use a brand with sauce: Whenever possible, use a boxed mac n cheese that comes with a sauce, like Inspired Organics. Their mac n cheese uses cheese sauce VS cheese powder which, personally, I'm a huge fan of. I'd highly recommend checking out their store locator on their website and seeing where you can get it near you- it's my fave!
Using Powdered Sauce: If you don't have a brand with sauce, you can still make it taste better by incorporating a few tips and tricks: use whole milk, and make the sauce separately, rather than mixing it into the cooked macaroni. This gives you more control and helps distribute the sauce evenly, rather than in clumps.

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Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Loaded Boxed Mac N Cheese
Serving Size
 
1 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
520
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
13
g
Cholesterol
 
86
mg
29
%
Sodium
 
1000
mg
43
%
Carbohydrates
 
54
g
18
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
34
g
68
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.