WHY ARE YOU SO AWESOME?? I’ll seriously be trying these. 1. Add a splash of milk or cream. Make sure you choose a yogurt with some fat content to it, rather than the fat-free kind. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat . Too funny on the timing! Will definitely be trying a few of these (I’ve got a four and half year old, so there’s at least a year’s supply of Annie’s in my pantry). Stir in sun dried tomatoes, artichokes, feta and chopped basil. These gingerbrea, Carbs + Salads= my love language. Annie’s Organic Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar –whole wheat is a nice bonus! The best part about this one is that half of the ingredients can be pulled out of the pantry. Serve immediately. Â I’d definitely throw a fried egg on top if I’m feeling like going for the gold! We a, Wanna kick a cold or prevent one? I love how open you are about Cooper’s eating habits. This is drop the mic, shred all of your other mac and cheese recipes, pull on your elastic waistband sweats, âwhoa, whoa, whoa, stop the clockâ, mac and cheese. It’s a two-fer situation! The shells make the chili a little creamy and the flavors meld wonderfully. Please and thank you. Cook shells & cheddar according to package and in the last 3 minutes of cooking time, place the frozen peas in the boiling water with the shells.Â While shells & peas cook, heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat and cook pancetta until crispy, about 4-5 minutes.Â Drain shells and peas, prepare the shells & cheddar according to package and stir in pancetta, and pesto. A cheese like Parmesan, for instance, isn't going to melt super well, meaning it's better for a topper than for your creamy cheese sauce. Place one-third of the pasta in the baking dish, top with 1/2 cup of cheese, then repeat, layering pasta and cheese, ending with cheese, making three layers in all. You are awesome ð. Shrimp Fajita Mac & Cheese. Try shredded Gruyère, fontina, cheddar, or even grated Parmesan if you want a bit of nuttiness. That runny yolk mixed in with the shells? They’re lifesavers on MONDAYS. Stir vegetables, chopped basil and goat cheese into prepared mac & cheese. Add some salt and stir it into prepared mac and cheese for your new, favorite healthy dinner. These recipes are so interesting! Whaaaaat??? Spice it up with jalapenos, a little salsa and pepper jack cheese. According to Epicurious, using a combination of milk and cream instead of just milk, plus whisking your cheese into the base in three stages will make your sauce the creamiest it can be. I seriously googled Annie’s mix-ins a week ago! you could turn it into a tex-mex mac n cheese by adding bell peppers, onions, garlic, and jalapenos, along with some pepperjack cheese. The sharpness of the cheese will cut through the butter and cream flavors to round things out. Crushing On - Chez Us I will definitely be using these ideas. Genius combinations, as usual! My son, Cooper doesn’t like Mac & Cheese. My boyfriend figured out the best way to mix Annie’s Mac & Cheese using all of the regular ingredients, but yielding a much better result! Each recipe here serves 2 people or (let’s be real) one HUNGRY person. Yep, feel free to load up your homemade mac and cheese as much as youâd like. So I’m equally excited to see Shutterbean share 10 ways to doctor up Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese – I really like seeing the variations, they usually remind me of the “Hamburger […], Emily @ Life on Food Oh wow, you are a genius!!! Add a little or add a lot for the creamiest mac and cheese ever. Season with salt & pepper and a light squeeze of fresh lime juice to taste. Â I threw an avocado on top because that’s how I roll.Â For some reason my brain wants to drizzle a little mustard on top, but only do that if your brain thinks it’s a good idea. Imagine having friends and family over for a night in, where you cook a whole heaping load of macaroni and cheese and â¦ Â Creamy Mac & Cheese gets smash-banged with shrimp fajitas! The broccoli and shells or the pesto pea look like they might be my favorite, but the others sound fantastic! These are amazing, and I love that a basic mac and cheese was dressed up. I want to make them all! This is exactly what I want to eat after a night of indulging in spirits. August 25, 2014. Annie’s mac is my go-to lunch/dinner when I just need something quick and easy and delicious. You can also throw in fresh or dried tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, pumpkin, or add canned sweet corn and then stir them into the mac and cheese mixture just before baking it. Sometimes I add peas or sautÃ©ed mushrooms to that, and once we added butter chicken sauce and it was amazing. Well the oven does most of the heavy lifting for you.Â That means you can do so much in your kitchen/around the house/kid wrangling while your appliances work for you. As would a dash or two of hot sauce. You might think you can just throw whatever, Cooking your noodles in milk instead of water makes your resulting mac and cheese creamier. Rather than making a more traditional bÃ©chamel with whole milk, up the ante with a partly or mostly cream base. Michelle @ FullyBellyWornSoles Hope you don’t mind my posting the link: Another important step is to salt the water as it comes to a boil. This is a really cool post. Â I’m glad to have this trick in my arsenal. This is so great! heheh, All of these look SO delicious! August 25, 2014, Next level greatness, Tracy….next level. kale and spinach would be great additions, along with potatoes and sweet potatoes! I think Casey definitely appreciates the effort! The cumin in the shrimp really adds a nice flavor to the mac & cheese. Though a roux is important for thickening up your cheese sauce, you want to make sure that you don't add too much of your flour and butter mixture because otherwise the sauce can get too thick, which negatively impacts the creaminess. The tangy taste is fun addition to other staple cheeses. The sauce (hopefully) won't get overly thick and clumpy on the stovetop, meaning the end result will be creamy and silky smooth â just what you're after. i like the look of the brcooli an cheese and i have a head of broccoli just waiting to be used in my fridge. I almost always have a jar of sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts in my cabinet.Â With a little basil and feta you can throw together this little Greek number in no time. Like cream, yogurt can give your sauce a little bit of oomph. Cook shells & cheddar according to package. August 25, 2014. this is great..i like mac and cheese and ramen noodles a lot esp for those days when i dont want to cook or go out and spend $$$$. Peppers and onions should be soft at this point.Â Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute. Yes, please. Annie’s Organic Shells & Real Aged Cheddar–tangy, cheesy, the color is super enticing, don’t you think? Serve immediately. A lot of questions are about food safety and transferring the turkey from the freezer to the fridge to the sink to the oven. Nopeâ¦this is for âspecialâ â¦ We called it Tuna Nunu. I then brown 1 pound of ground beef. You’ve successfully cooked broccoli AND Mac & Cheese. Stir in garlic and cook for another minute.Â Remove mixture from pan, wipe pan down and fry an egg with a little bit of olive oil. Love these ideas, especially the chili Mac! Are you kidding me right now with these?!? Sub out half of that for cream. Not sure which one I want first, Bacon Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese or Shrimp Fajita Mac & Cheese. Â Â Â, Tricks to making the creamiest mac and cheese ever. According to, Though a roux is important for thickening up your cheese sauce, you want to make sure that you don't add too much of your flour and butter mixture because otherwise the sauce can get, If you're looking for the smoothest, creamiest cheese sauce for the best macaroni and cheese ever, you'll want to use sharp white cheddar. and he’s kinda finicky about melted cheese (only on pizza and sometimes quesadillas).Â I’m hoping/praying it’s just a phase. Lunch Date Newsletter #23: The Health News & Recipes You Need to Know - Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN – Shutterbean, 1 box prepared Annie’s Organic Shells & Real Aged Cheddar, 1 box prepared Annie’s Organic Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar, 1 box preparedÂ Annie’s Organic Shells & Real Aged Cheddar, 4-5 cooked breakfast sausage links, cut into small pieces, 1 box prepared Annie’s Organic Classic Macaroni & Cheese, 5-6 pickled jalapeÃ±o slices, roughly chopped, 8 marinated artichoke hearts, roughly chopped, 2 green onions, finely chopped (green parts only). It's pretty likely you're not putting in enough. You don't want your cheese sauce to be sweet. August 26, 2014, […] just yet, and will be giving the organic stuff a few more tries with Shutterbean’s many ways to enhance a box of Annie’s. Swirl some in for added depth of flavor and creaminess. Creamy Mac & Cheese gets smash-banged with shrimp fajitas! The cumin in the shrimp really adds a nice flavor to the mac & cheese.Â Then again, put sautÃ©ed onions on anything and I’m into it. So, here’s the thing. Can I Add Mix-Ins to the Mac and Cheese? But seriously these are great ideas for getting some protein and veg with mac and cheese. This post has me very excited! Stir in cheddar and serve immediately. What great ideas!! There's nothing like a warm, gooey bowl of delicious mac and cheese, am IÂ right? Garnish with avocado, cilantro, hot sauce and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. ok now i’m craving boxed mac n cheese. Thanks! In my effort to convert him I buy the package of these at Costco. Like cream cheese, even just a dollop of mascarpone will elevate the creaminess quotient of your favorite dish. Sharp cheeses and toasted breadcrumbs may sound like necessities to adults, but kids often turn up their noses at anything other than a box.In this weekâs episode of âThings Cooks Know,â hosts and Real Simple editors Sarah Humphreys and Sarah Karnasiewicz discuss their tips for creating the ultimate homemade mac â¦ I don’t know what I’d do if my child didn’t like cheesy pasta. And better yet, use a blend of cheeses! Promise. Bacon Mac ânâ Cheese 2. Though undeniably delicious, homemade mac and cheese can be quite divisive. I didnt think of doing this with mac and cheese, genius. Now you're living the life of Popeye and Gwyneth Paltrow. My 3 year old is just now getting into pasta somewhat. Like cream cheese, even just a dollop of mascarpone will elevate the creaminess quotient of your favorite dish. In a medium skillet, saute poblano pepper and onion with a glug of olive oil over medium-high heat until mixture softens and develops a light char, about 5-6 minutes. I’ve always just gone for the KD brand and eaten it plain. Also make sure you're using one that's not flavored (plain is best) and one without any added sugar. Serve immediately. Please do more of these, I need all the help I can get! I just posted a blog post today on a similar topic. Here's a basic rule that is almost 100 percent accurate; the cheaper the price, the more butter you need. I took a shortcut and bought the canned veggie chili at Trader Joe’s. Â Let’s get into it! Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health August 26, 2014. In a medium skillet, saute onions peppers with olive oil and cumin over medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes. I have to admit that more often than not my idea of dressing up my Annie’s mac has been a few dashes of Sriracha, so I am super excited to try some of your combos. Cook shells according to package directions. After you get the butter and cream mixed in, hit it with a shot of your favorite hot sauce, just to round out the cheesy flavor, and you'll have the best 99 cent box of mac and cheese you've ever tasted. I have a feeling he won’t admit that he likes it when he likes it…. This cheese, according to Martha Stewart Magazine, makes for the most luxurious sauce. Today I teamed up withÂ Annie’sÂ to show you some of MY favorite Mix-Ins (I created 10 recipes total!) That will ultimately help with the resulting creaminess. I cooked two boxes of mac & cheese usually for this. I wonder how many p, If youâre having trouble getting your holiday sp, When in doubt, paint it out. Just keep in mind that you donât want to add too many mix-ins, otherwise your mac and cheese will bubble â¦ oooooo the jalepeÃ±o and chili ones! These are some fancy mac and cheese recipes and I love that they come from a box. Top each serving with avocado and serve immediately. I’ll take a bowl of this at Shrimp Fajita Mac & Cheese least once a week. ISN’T THAT CRAZY?? This Mac & Cheese is inspired by my Corn Zucchini Lime Pizza. He won’t eat things like macaroni & cheese, any potato that isn’t a french fry or tater tot, nachos, dutch baby pancakes, EGGS any […]. Wow, I add stuff but it’s never as fancy and creative as this! Nice work. Add a tablespoon more of â¦ September 8, 2014. I'm a working mom / wife / photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I usually just use sriracha, but I love the idea of making it even more complex. Cheddar is best but add a melter like fontina, Monterey jack or some parmesan. This one seems pretty obvious, but we're going to start with it anyway. Take a moment to think about the best mac and cheese youâve ever had. Add in some high-quality, freshly grated cheese "One of the easiest ways to jazz up your boxed mac & cheese is to add freshly grated cheese to it. Iâll take a bowl of this at Shrimp Fajita Mac & Cheese least once a week. I haven’t had that in years…. Set saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until completely hot throughout (about 10 minutes). Up the cheese factor on your instant mac and cheese and itâs suddenly as rich and indulgent as the from-stratch stuff. It usually carries a more hefty price tag than mozzarella, so rather than simply exchange your mac and cheese mozzarella with burrata, it's more economical to use both; just half your mozzarella amount and put burrata in its place. ð, Millie l Add A Little Stir beef into prepared shells along with cheddar, tomatoes, bacon and red onion. In the bowl of a blender or food processor, combine the cottage cheese, sour cream, egg, milk, and seasonings and process until well-combined.If your food processor or blender are small, process the cottage cheese, sour cream, and egg first, then whisk in the other ingredients in a large â¦ It’s still one of my favorite foods! !Â There’s something about pasta he doesn’t like (are we even related?!!) In a medium skillet, brown meat in a small glug of olive oil over medium-high heat. This is just too brilliant. I love all your ideas. For a tasty mac and cheese, you need to salt the daylights out of the water; somewhere around a tablespoon per every two quarts. Supporting our l, my December mantra: I will find a collection of tr, Sending magic off in the mail. I’m totally feeling a taco version that will come to fruition in my life soon… = ). I made the Chili Mac & Cheese yesterday to bring for lunch at work and I’m speechless at how good it is. I don’t do a lot of boxed macaroni and cheese (my son won’t touch it), but these are some great ideas I can see putting to use. Cooking your noodles in milk instead of water makes your resulting mac and cheese creamier. You’re so creative! I know.). The firm, tasty pasta will hold the cheese better, and make the dish much better. After working with the shells, I loved using Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese pasta.Â I really couldn’t stop eating it. Diced ham, peas, carrots, and more would all be good additions. Then again, put sautéed onions on anything and Iâm into it. In this recipe, breakfast sausage is combined with chopped poblano peppers, garlic and onion. You need to make sure that you cook the pasta you're using al dente, which is Italian for "to the tooth," because if you undercook it, your sauce can get gritty from the extra starch. Brie Jayna Goldstein. But, I’d gladly eat this on a Monday night when I really just want comfort with little effort. Oops.Â Here combine two delicious things— a Bacon Cheeseburger AND a bowl of Mac & Cheese. The best way to ruin your mac is to dump a bunch of pre-shredded cheese in. This is one of our favorite comfort foods, and it is both adult and kid friendly, especially when you step away from the boxed stuff with powdered cheese. A spokesperson for Reddit tells The Takeout that the thread has been a holiday tradition for the last seven years, so clearly it must be useful enough to reboot each year. Looking for that salty, tangy bite to your mac and cheese but mozzarella isn't just breaking down the way you want? I’ve always loved home-improvement blogs, but the fact that I actually know […], Kate @ Â¡Hola! Here’s a simple trick. Well….I still CAN eat it from the pot while making it for the husband ð And the husband actually doesn’t mind eating it from the pot so THAT’S another win. #s, My grandpa used to dress up as Santa on Christmas, Looking for a fun baking project? To prevent that, cook it entirely on your stovetop rather than finishing it in the oven. Packeged shredded cheese have add preservatives to keep them from sticking together and to keep them fresher. If you have roughly 30 minutes to make dinner, this is what you should make. I’ve been adding veg /poached egg / seasoning to my ramen for years, but I never thought to spice up mac & cheese. Though how can you go past the first combination? But this is making me rethink that whole situation. There’s something about that texture! Stir sausage poblano mixture into prepared Mac & Cheese and top with a fried egg and hot sauce.Â Serve immediately. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese. This was my husband’s second favorite. We always did the tuna and peas mac and cheese to mix it up. Cook macaroni & cheese according to package and stir in cheddar, pepper jack, goat cheese and chopped jalapeno. Prepare mac and cheese according to package directions. By far our FAVORITE combo! (Shutterbean) 4. Serve immediately. Â An easy way to ruin mac and cheese is with a frumpy pasta â and that's what you're going to get if you skip the salt. Goat cheese provides creaminessÂ you’ll love the sweetness you get with the corn addition. August 25, 2014. Add macaroni to cheese sauce in pan and mix until well coated. You don't have to stick with macaroni every time just because that's the technical name of the dish. To get creamy mac and cheese, you have to have a creamy sauce. always looking for ways to jazz up my quick dinners, truly awesome! Mascarpone is a creamy Italian cheese that's the perfect secret ingredient if you're looking for an extra-creamy mac and cheese. That doesn't mean you should turn to that familiar blue box whenever a craving arrives â homemade mac and cheese is the best, by far (and you've got this!). My kids have their preferences tooâit can be a real pain in the you know what! Cheddar and similar cheeses that melt well (Monterey Jack is a good one) will make your sauce the creamiest it can be. Sighhhhhh #shutterbeanbre, Hooray for all us magic makers in this world. Mac and cheese is always the answer! Actually… I ate it so often when I was pregnant with my son (he’s 9 months old now) that my husband nicknamed him Chili-Mac! When you mix in the cheese packet, also add in 1 cup of gorgonzola or blue cheese. In fact, it's probably a lot less complicated than you might think. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking It's not exactly healthy but that's the price you pay for creamy mac and cheese.Â Â, As for the milk, a standard box will require 1/4 cup of milk. Chili-mac is MY FAVORITE TOO! BUT! Try the cousin to mozzarella, burrata. My favourite way to doctor Annie’s is to add butter, milk, the package of cheese, mayo (makes it creamy) and Imperial Cheddar. http://www.downcellarstudio.com/boxed-mac-cheese/, I hated mac and cheese when i was growing up. I love all of these ideas. All too often, baked macaroni and cheese takes on more of a casserole feel than the creaminess you're looking for here. GENIUS! It’s a creamy/spicy dream.Â This one is my second favorite. I can’t wait! But be careful who you tell â once word gets out that you've mastered this dish, you'll have more dinner guests than you can handle! !Â Casey, on the other hand loves pasta in ANY form. What Iâm Craving + Scrumptious Hyperlinks | Posts A Mac and Cheese Bar is your new go-to summertime dinner party favorite. According to The Kitchn, cooking your noodles in milk instead of water makes the sauce creamy before you even add the cheese sauce. FIRE CIDER IS YO, My picky eater child loves salmon sashimi! JalapeÃ±o But it's also perfectly fine to sort of help the box flavor a bit with some steps (or fun add-ins) that will make it taste a whole lot better. This is the coolest post EVER. on this fine MONDAY. As classic as it is, sometimes we canât help but want to add a little oomph to our mac and cheese. Mascarpone is a creamy Italian cheese that's the perfect secret ingredient if you're looking for an extra-creamy mac and cheese. My wife and I are just laughing right now because this IS the post anyone with kids needs to read. Can’t wait to try them, I love Annie’s. Salting pasta water is like a giant myth meatball of misleading and untrue "scientific" facts. How does Cooper not like Mac and Cheese or pasta?! add bread crumbs. Super cool, right?! I’m really sad you have a kid that doesn’t like it, because eating forkfuls straight from the pot while you’re “making it for the kids” is pretty much the best. Noodles with ridges are always a good choice: cavatappi, cavatell, rotini, and even penne are all good mac and cheese noodles. My BF and I get giant cartons of Annie’s from Costco, so we always have some around. Why? This dark green veggie will do wonders for your classic mac and cheese. Before we get started,Â I wanted to share that I usedÂ four different types of Annie’s Mac & Cheese for these recipes.Â Each one of them has their own flavor profile and they work as great bases for the additions. Armed with these tricks and ideas and a little know-how, you'll be well on your way to the creamiest mac and cheese ever. Â A nice kosher or sea salt will do, just skip the iodized salt unless you love the taste of metal. This combo is amazing in grilled cheese sandwiches â and the same goes for mac and cheese. Plus, the flavor is the perfect compliment to your otherwise rich, fatty dish. Awesome stuff. These combos sound fantastic. Too much butter and flour (otherwise known as roux when cooked) will make your sauce more like glue than a creamy, rich sauce. Bacon Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese?!?! My feed is missing c, One of my Saturday projects. I feel like there needs to be a song parody of the Portlandia “Put a Bird on It” about how to make any food breakfasty, “Put an egg on it!”. Reheat chili in a saucepan over medium-high heat.Â Stir chili into prepared shells & cheddar until well combined. Serve immediately. When making mac and cheese, you need to consider your desired ultimate outcome when choosing a noodle. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Mix in drained and rinsed canned black beans and 1/2 cup salsa, or more, to taste. Top each serving with green onions, tomatoes, red onions, avocado, cheddar, sour cream and hot sauce. Bake your mac and cheese in a more shallow, wider dish if you want more of that crunchy top. Preheat oven to 400F.Â On a baking sheet, toss sausage, tomatoes & smashed garlic with a glug of olive oil and season with salt & pepper.Â Place in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until sausage is thoroughly cooked.Â Cut up sausage and stir into prepared mac & cheese with tomatoes, garlic, fresh chopped basil and ovoline mozzarella. I bought a few boxes of Annie’s to try out your other variations. The lime adds brightness to the dish and basil adds a little something something. Rather than making a more traditional bÃ©chamel with whole milk, up the ante with a partly or mostly cream base. I love the gourmet baked stuff, but I equally love Annie’s, and nothing beats it when you’re pinched for time and just want to make 1-2 portions. OK, I’m back again, reading this again and it is still the best “sponsored post” of ALL TIME. The salt flavors the pasta, which will give you a tastier pasta; it's still called mac and cheese, not cheese and mac, despite what some people told you. Just be careful not to add too much salt to your mac and cheese since feta is quite salty on its own. ð I really worked hard on that one so THANK YOU! Â I employ this roasted sausage & tomato trick whenever possible and you’ll see why! I feel so bad about eating it, I haven’t in years. Season with garlic powder, salt & pepper and cook until meat is browned and some parts have a nice crispy sear on them, about 5-6 minutes.Â Cook shells & cheese according to package. Make sure you cook your noodles appropriately when making mac and cheese, especially if you want it to be the creamiest it can possibly be. When I was a kid, my favorite way to eat boxed mac-n-cheese was with canned tuna and peas mixed in! I used to make Cam, “ghetto tuna casserole”, she still eats it with her sister except now it’s just peas, canned baby peas. Add shrimp and cook for another 3-4 minutes. document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "ac23d5b83d587f0574344c8f465b8d2d" );document.getElementById("d0c1d33d5e").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Iâm Tracy Benjamin aka Tracy Shutterbean. We combine sharp cheddar, pepperjack, goat cheese with chopped pickled jalapeÃ±os. October 16, 2019, […] don’t understand my child and his tastebuds. fortune finds | Fortune Goodies Add a little or add a lot for the creamiest mac and cheese ever. Follow this tip: The cheese is the main attraction in this dish, so go with good-quality kinds. Boil the macaroni and drain it as usual. You also may want to adjust the flour in the roux to accommodate how you're planning to cook your noodles. I love using a combination of cheeses that melt really well, like fontina, Gouda, Gruyere, and Monterey Jack, along with cheese that has a distinct and vivid taste, like sharp white cheddar, â¦ Of course I season my ground beef is cooking. The sharper, more complex flavors of aged cheddar team up well with salty Parmesan cheese. I can’t wait to try out these new additions! Kraft suggests 1/4 cup of butter (or margarine) â if you want this creamy you need more than that. This is AWESOME!!!! Stir shrimp fajita mixture into prepared Mac & Cheese. If you're going for the utmost creaminess, opt for a noodle that will hold a lot of sauce. Stir the leaves around a hot pan with vegetable oil for five minutes, or until the leaves are limp. My little sister LOVES mac n’ cheese, but I cringe to see her eat it all by itself. Not a traditional candidate for mac and cheese, feta is the true underdog here. If you're looking for the smoothest, creamiest cheese sauce for the best macaroni and cheese ever, you'll want to use sharp white cheddar. The uncommon cheese is softer and silkier than mozzarella, almost oozing with deliciousness. I loved cheese, and I loved pasta, but mac and cheese was a combo I just didn’t enjoy until I was an adult. Leftovers turned into creamy lobster spaghetti! Word to the wise: Once you crack opened a burrata, it goes dry pretty quickly, so if you use it, act fast and remember any leftover burrata needs to be gobbled up within 24 hours. So easy! August 25, 2014. Cause honestly, don’t all parents buy Annie’s mac N cheese are are looking for ways to spice it up? When shells have about four minutes left in the cooking time, add broccoli florets and finish cooking.Â Drain shells and broccoli, place both back in the pot and continue following the directions with the additions of butter, milk and flavor packet. Actually that & the pesto, pea, pancetta one…too much good x, I’m in love with this post. Â Whenever he’s is working late and Cooper has already eaten dinner and gone to bed, I usually whip up a box of Annie’s Mac & Cheese for us adults.Â It’s very rare that I make a box on its own because I love the challenge of coming up with new additions. From chili to lobster to bacon, weâve rounded up our favourite things to add to mac and cheese, for those days youâre feeling adventurous. 3. When he finally does like it, he’ll be all like “Moooooom why didnt you make me try this before?!”. Please and thank you. Then I add in shredded cheese whatever â¦ Thank you so much for sharing more than one option as well. After that, bake it with some mozzarella on top â¦ That chili mac and cheese looks especially delightful . This mac and cheese (and excuse the crassness) is the shit. Â Frozen peas get cooked with the shells, pancetta browns on the stove….pesto rounds out the flavor and bridges the gap between salty pancetta and sweet peas.