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How to Make a single box of Mac N Cheese Feed the Whole Family

Updated on December 7, 2012
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The Box of Mac N Cheese

One box of mac n cheese doesn't quite feed the whole family anymore. Instead of buying a larger size we add a few ingredients to make it stretch further, along with a little bit of a budget stretching as well.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 6 servings


  • 1 box mac n cheese, i buy a cheap generic kind
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/2 c elbow macoroni
  • 1/4 c shredded cheese, I ussually have some left over from taco night or pizza night so this is a staple in the house


  1. Boil 6 cups water in a large pot
  2. Add macaroni from box and elbow macaroni to the boiling pot
  3. Stir as needed until noodle are tender. Approximately 10 minutes
  4. Drain water from noodle and remove from heat.
  5. Add powered cheese packet, milk, butter, and shredded cheese and stir in thoroughly
  6. Let sit for a minute and then serve


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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      I thought you were gonna add something like ground beef or veggies, but...mac n cheese doesn't really NEED anything else, does it? Except maybe...MORE MAC N CHEESE!!!


      Oh wait...bread crumbs? Haha! Ok I'm done! =)

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      William E Krill Jr 5 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

      Good frugal advice!

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Great advice. I've done this before as well to make the mac and cheese stretch a little bit further.

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      kthix10 5 years ago from IL

      The milk and butter are part of the box recipe, the extra cheese just adds some flavor

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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      This is such an interesting recipe.

      By the time you add milk, butter, macaroni and cheese, do you really need the box of Kraft at all?

      Those ingredients alone seem like they would make a delicious mix. I'm not certain, though since my usual recipe is macaroni and a mix of cheeses layered in a slow cooker.