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My kids used to love macaroni and cheese from a box- you know the kind, basically macaroni with cheese-flavoring added.<br><br>
I know how to make mac n cheese with a nice rich, creamy sauce, but they don't really like that. We can't buy the boxed stuff because the natural brands (Amy's, TJ's, etc) aren't kosher, and the only kosher brands I've found are full of food dyes.<br><br>
So how would I go about making a thin sauce for macaroni that has the texture of mac n cheese from a boxed mix?
 

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You can try this out and see if it works? It's been so long since I've had "real" mac and cheese that I have no idea if it is similar in texture or not.<br><br>
3 cups dry whole wheat macaroni, cooked and drained<br>
2 TB walnut or olive oil<br>
1 TB red palm oil<br>
1/3 cup flour (1/2 rice or whole wheat, 1/2 corn, or whatever flour/flours you can use, etc)<br>
2 tsp celtic sea salt (more or less to taste)<br>
2 tsp onion powder<br>
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder<br>
1/2 tsp turmeric<br>
1 3/4 cup nut, rice or soymilk<br>
1 tsp lemon juice<br>
1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes<br><br>
In saucepan, heat oils over medium heat, add four and sautee 1 minute. Add milk a little at a time and stir with whisk, keeping smooth. Add spices and salt, stir until thickened. Add lemon juice, mix well, add nutritional yeast flakes and stir until smooth. Combine with macaroni. Serve for a more boxed-macaroni taste.<br><br>
optional: bake at 325f for 20 minutes for a more traditional taste.
 

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subbing... Also looking for a recipe, but would like one that has milk & cheese in it. We can't get boxed mac & cheese here - it only comes in a can (beyond gross!) or pre-made refrigerated/frozen (the creamy kind, which I also like but the kids don't really). Made dh carry a Costco box of Annie's back on his last visit!
 

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you can put milk and cheese in the above, we did when we were veggie not vegan. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> the cheese is added in after the nutritional yeast and the milk is subbed for the nut/soy milk.
 

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I actually experimented last night with a "typical" mac n cheese recipe, only I used much more milk than usual, and it ended up being much less creamy and much more like the texture of boxed mac n cheese. I didn't take exact measurements- I melted butter, added in flour and spices, let that cook for a while, then blended in milk, and when that was warm I added some cheese. The main difference between what I did last night and what I've made in the past was the ratio of milk to flour.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I actually experimented last night with a "typical" mac n cheese recipe, only I used much more milk than usual, and it ended up being much less creamy and much more like the texture of boxed mac n cheese. I didn't take exact measurements- I melted butter, added in flour and spices, let that cook for a while, then blended in milk, and when that was warm I added some cheese. The main difference between what I did last night and what I've made in the past was the ratio of milk to flour.</div>
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I have this same issue. DS loves mac n cheese, but when I make it homemade with a nice cheese sauce he doesn't like it much. Maybe I'll try that
 

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The powdered cheese in the boxed ones doesn't really "melt". It dissolves. I am thinking that if you can find a powdered cheese that fits your criteria, you could just do it like the boxed ones, with the milk and butter added to the cooked pasta.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The powdered cheese in the boxed ones doesn't really "melt". It dissolves. I am thinking that if you can find a powdered cheese that fits your criteria, you could just do it like the boxed ones, with the milk and butter added to the cooked pasta.</div>
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Well, that's just it- how do you find a powdered cheese that's just cheese? I think it only exists in packets with other seasonings and chemicals and placed in boxes with raw macaroni.<br><br>
Making a cheese sauce, but with much less flour seemed to work pretty well.
 

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I just spied <a href="http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/detail.jsp?id=1223" target="_blank">this</a> online....<br><br>
alsoSarah
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just spied <a href="http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/detail.jsp?id=1223" target="_blank">this</a> online....<br><br>
alsoSarah</div>
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Is that kosher?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is that kosher?</div>
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I'm clueless, but I see on the website that you can request a catalogue... Maybe that would have more info?<br><br>
alsoSarah
 
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