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  • Writer's pictureKimberley Kells

Macaroni & Cheese Just Like The Box!

My boys are obsessed with Macaroni & Cheese and although they'll take it anyway they can get it, their absolute favourite version is...from the box! As a foodie this horrifies me but I also kind of get it, the box version is a guilty pleasure for many people out there. My version tastes even better and there is no orange powdered cheese to be seen!



I've made Mac & Cheese all types of ways: with a more time consuming béchamel sauce, with a million different combinations of cheeses and with the additions of mushrooms/bacon/lobster #fancy, but the below recipe is by far the most simple! It really does recreate that orange box taste with the use of Burger Cheese. If you haven't seen it before, its available in the sliced cheese section of the supermarket and of course is amazing on burgers to give you that American burger chain taste #merica, but in this Mac & Cheese it brings that orange flavour. Yes- I should turn my nose up at this and be steering my boys into more sophisticated flavour profiles, but lets be real, everyone likes to slum it sometimes! #slummingit #lovingit

Available in the sliced cheese section of major supermarkets

“You can use any type of cheese in this recipe depending on your audience. Gruyere or manchego would be beautiful, or even a really great cheddar. But when it comes to kids searching for that box flavour, you can't go past the sliced burger cheese.”

Macaroni & Cheese Just Like The Box! an original recipe by Kimberley Kells

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children


500g Macaroni

375mL Tin of Evaporated Milk

250g Burger Cheese diced (don't bother separating the slices, just dice as if it's a whole block)

1 Handful of Shredded Mozzarella

2 Tablespoons of Breadcrumbs


Step 1- Cook the macaroni according to packet instructions in a large pot of salted boiling water. Reserve 1 cup of cooking water, then drain and set aside.

Step 2- Meanwhile, pour the evaporated milk into a saucepan with the diced cheese, and stir continuously over medium heat until melted. Do not walk away from this, or the cheese will burn on the bottom. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Step 3- Combine the macaroni, cooking water and cheese sauce in a baking dish, cover with shredded mozzarella and breadcrumbs.

Step 4- Grill in the oven for 5 minutes until browned.

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