I love mac and cheese - homemade, even better, but once in a while will give in to the childhood craving for the "blue box" cheese (though come to think if it my Mom always made homemade - I think I found Kraft in college in the 80's with the raman noodles).
However, I found that you don't NEED to add a quarter of a stick of butter to it for it to be good. It was when I traded in my well known brand for the Annie's organic mac and cheese which doesn't instruct you to add butter that I realized how good it can be without all that added saturated fat.
Annie's isn't just for hipster mom's to serve to their kids after an afternoon of organic gardening and lacrosse - it's good for everyone, especially when I see that it's got less fat, sat and calories than the big name brand .
But still it was reserved for times I was teleworking and just needed a quick lunch. But I hated to lose that 10 minutes to standing and stirring the pasta as it cooked. (that's the whole epitome of I'm too busy "I don't have TIME to stir a pot of noodles!")
Little did I know all these years I didn't have to.
Thanks to my friend Carol at
Then turn off the heat.
You heard me. Turn off the heat, set the timer for 10 minutes and walk away. Go do something you'd rather be doing.
In 10 minutes you'll have perfect al dente pasta.
Now if I could just find a way to dry my hair every morning without the hair drier.