6/24/21

Homemade CopyCat Kraft Mac and Cheese - The Cheesy Powder to Make it - and the best thing? Homemade LOW CARB macaroni and cheese like Kraft! Yay!

Although I already posted about this once before, I'm so in love with this yummy meal and planning on having it either today or tomorrow for lunch so I am posting again.  Hopefully if there is even one person out there looking for the secret to yummy homemade style Kraft Mac and Cheese, they will see this.  

Here's the deal:  We eat sugar free and low carb and/or keto almost all the time and obviously macaroni and cheese is something you can't have.  For the past twenty years we've been eating this way, the only option was faux mac and cheese made with cauliflower.  Which is NOTHING LIKE MAC AND CHEESE.  I love cauliflower with cheese sauce and I've eaten it my whole life, so when low carb and keto eaters try to tell me it's a great substitute for mac and cheese, I know differently.   It's great and I love it but no, it's not mac and cheese.

This is.

How?  Because I use my keto pasta which is crazy-close to the real thing, which wasn't available back when we started low carb around 2002.  But we have SO MANY OPTIONS now in 2021 that were unheard of back then.  I use the Great Low Carb brand when I make this but it does have a few carbs and the cheese sauce has 2 grams of sugar because of the milk powder - but for a 'once in a while' comfort meal, it's worth it.  Totally worth it.


To make it more low carb/keto you can use Palmini pasta or 
your favorite keto noodle substitute.  They are both good (we've done the 
spiral zucchini, Palmini and although I have tried various shirataki or Miracle noodles 
I can't stand the texture so even with zero carbs, I don't use them 
- although I know a lot of people love them. 

Macaroni: Although I buy some items from Amazon, most of them come from Netrition.com however you can get the cheese sauce from Amazon and you can get the Great Low Carb Bread Co. pastas from both places.
 
This is the "Easy" Mac version.  You only add water.  You know the little cups that you remove the cheese packet, fill the container to the line with water and microwave for 3 minutes?  Then you stir in the cheesy sauce, and let it set for a minute and it becomes your "Easy Mac"  Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.   For this version but low carb, just boil your keto macaroni, drain so you leave a little bit of water in your pan, and add some of this powdered mix.  The secret is that it is 3 powders in one:  Cheese, Milk and Butter.  All you have to add is some salt and pepper if you desire.  The amounts are kind of up to you, which you can play with a little bit to make it more cheesy or thicker, or more liquid, etc.  
 

Hoosier Hill Farm EASY Daddy Mac Mix, JUST ADD WATER, Contains Real Butter and Milk, No Artificial Colors, Gluten Free, Made in the USA (1 lb)

  • JUST ADD WATER to your cooked noodles for a great MAC AND CHEESE - Already contains Real Butter and Milk....makes a delicious and creamy Macaroni and Cheese dish
  • Perfect for Easy Dinners, Easy Camping, Easy Travel, Easy anywhere.
  • No need to add Milk or Butter like other Mac and Cheese mixes, EASY DADDY has all you need.
  • No Artificial Colors, ALL Natural Cheese Mix. Customize your dish add as much or as little as you wish, for a light or super CHEESY dish!

 

 

 

 

I bought all THREE powders as I was playing around with making "make ahead instant meals" including a low carb version of Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger style, and the 'blue box' style Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.  For that version you can use either of these powders!  I love the taste of these!  

YES it tastes like the blue box cheese!

BLUE BOX VERSION:   For the Blue Box version, this is the 'cheese packet' which you add to your macaroni, along with fresh milk and butter.  If you are doing it low carb, you'll want your low carb pasta, and heavy cream instead of milk to cut down on the sugar, and then of course, your real butter.

 Hoosier Hill Farm Premium Cheddar Cheese Powder, No Artificial Colors, Gluten Free, Made in the USA (1 lb)

 

 

 

Hoosier Hill Farm Big Daddy Mac Mix, 1 Pound

 

 

This is the same thing, but without the orange coloring added.  If you want the flavor and taste but don't need or want it to look like the Kraft version's bright orange, then use this one.  Remember, this cheese powder is just cheese - you need to add your fresh milk and butter to your drained pasta.

 

Hoosier Hill Farm Big Daddy Mac mix, No Color Added, 1 lb, 1 lb

 

 

That's it.  That's the way to make your own Kraft mac and cheese... it's all in the powders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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