Upgraded Kraft Mac N Cheese

Upgraded Kraft Mac N Cheese created by Caroline Cooks

This recipe came from a Kraft newsletter. It's very simple, takes the 'blue box' of mac and cheese and adds just a few ingredients and steps to make it taste a bit more homemade. Note that this calls for the "dinner" Kraft mac n cheese, which is the one with the packet of cheese that you squeeze out, not the standard one with the powdered cheese. If you have to use the standard variety, use 2 boxes and add more milk or sour cream, as it tends to dry out during baking.

Ready In:
40mins
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ingredients

  • 1 (14 ounce) package Kraft macaroni and cheese (dinner, blue box)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 cup sour cream
  • 14 teaspoon ground red pepper or 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 butter flavored crackers, crushed (like Ritz)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine, melted

directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Prepare Mac n Cheese dinner as directed on package.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of the Cheddar cheese, the sour cream and pepper.
  • Spoon into greased 1-1/2 quart baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese.
  • Combine the melted butter and cracker crumbs and sprinkle over the top.
  • Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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"This recipe came from a Kraft newsletter. It's very simple, takes the 'blue box' of mac and cheese and adds just a few ingredients and steps to make it taste a bit more homemade. Note that this calls for the "dinner" Kraft mac n cheese, which is the one with the packet of cheese that you squeeze out, not the standard one with the powdered cheese. If you have to use the standard variety, use 2 boxes and add more milk or sour cream, as it tends to dry out during baking."
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  1. sgt.graham
    In the Great white north we have Kraft dinner, not KD mac, straight tunes, any different?
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  2. Fleacia W.
    I was so skeptical about this recipe Upgraded Kraft Mac n Cheese. The sour cream really kicked up the box mac n cheese The butter cracker topping was everything! It browned really pretty and tasted delicious.
    Reply
  3. sawprops
    I used two 7.25 boxes. Boiled noodles separately, al dente, set aside. Continued box recipe with butter, milk and cheese packets. Stirred in 2/3 sour cream and half cup cheese. Folded noodles back in. Poured half in a buttered dish and layered 1/2c cheese on top. Poured remaining half of mixture and added another 1/2c on top. Mixed 1T butter and 10 ritz crackers to make crumbles drier and then sprinkled on top. Baked for 25-30 minutes because 20 minutes didn't brown it enough. This is pretty good but in no way as good as from scratch and pretty much the same if not more steps.
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  4. sawprops
    I used two 7.25 boxes. Boiled noodles separately, al dente, set aside. Continued box recipe with butter, milk and cheese packets. Stirred in 2/3 sour cream and half cup cheese. Folded noodles back in. Poured half in a buttered dish and layered 1/2c cheese on top. Poured remaining half of mixture and added another 1/2c on top. Mixed 1T butter and 10 ritz crackers to make crumbles drier and then sprinkled on top. Baked for 25-30 minutes because 20 minutes didn't brown it enough. This is pretty good but in no way as good as from scratch and pretty much the same if not more steps.
    Reply
  5. Monica H.
    For 14 ounces, does that mean it needs 6 boxes?
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