I like to think of myself as a mac-n-cheese-in-a-box connoisseur. I’ve grown up with Kraft “The Cheesiest”, but have expanded my horizons to include “Spirals” and “Spongebob” varieties. However, as I get older, the neon orange color of Kraft just isn’t as appealing. Of course, I still sometimes indulge in it, but I try to buy, erm, natural-er, boxes instead.
I saw this on sale at Target last week, and in my quest to try as many Annie’s mac & cheese varieties as possible (there are TONS!), I bought 2 boxes.
From the website: Amaranth, quinoa, kamut, spelt and durum join together in a tasty 5-grain elbow pasta with our classic white cheddar cheese. Packed with healthy nutrients including fiber, iron, thiamin and niacin, this macaroni also delivers 8 grams of whole grain per serving.
And it’s organic! I got an organic dinner for $1.99. That’s pretty much unheard of.
As a rule of thumb, I cook Annie’s pastas for 1 minute less than the recommended cooking time. This box suggested 8-10 minutes, but cooking it for 7 minutes was perfect, if not a little too gummy, for my tastes. I like my pasta VERY al dente.
I also add less milk than the box says to add. I just sort of pour some into the pot until I think it’s enough.
You’re probably sick of hearing my ranting about mac ‘n cheese cooking.
I’m done now.
How did this macaroni ‘n cheese taste? Delicious! It is definitely the most flavorful of the Annie’s varieties I have tried. It also looks a lot like my beloved Kraft, so that’s a plus. There was enough cheese to coat the pasta, and it didn’t even need salt. I put salt on practically everything I eat (even salads, hah) so it’s amazing that this mac ‘n cheese didn’t need any. Perfect!