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Hell froze over many years ago, so I was obligated to uphold a couple of my sworn oaths and buy Spaghetti-Os and boxed macaroni and cheese. I still cannot begin to gag down Spaghetti-Os, but am quite disgusted that I can eat boxed macaroni and cheese. From the moment that Kraft printed microwave cooking instructions on the boxes, that’s the only way I’ve made it because draining pasta is a burden I’m happy to be rid of. Now I’m making Annie’s macaroni and cheese (and don’t kid yourself, that smiley little bunny on the box doesn’t make Annie’s any healthier than Kraft) but there are no microwave directions. So I searched for them and learned this:

When Kraft started producing their outrageously overpriced EasyMac, they removed the microwave directions from the regular boxes. I’ve told anyone who will listen (so, about three people, and I can’t be sure they were paying attention) that there is no reason to buy the super-expensive EasyMac because it’s the same stuff. So, here’s how you do it:

Put 1-1/3 cups water in a 2-quart glass bowl.

Add macaroni.

Microwave on high for 7–9 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes.

When the macaroni is done and the water is absorbed (no draining!), add 1/4 cup butter.

Mix in powdered cheese stuff.

Stir in 1/4 cup milk.

Never again pay Kraft outrageous sums of money for the same crappy product simply repackaged.