Boxed macaroni and cheese has never really done it for me. The powdered cheese always ends up clumpy, it’s never as flavorful as I hope it will be, and it doesn't even save that much time.
But Three Bridges’ Creamy Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese Kit has totally revolutionized boxed mac-and-cheese (no, they’re not paying me to say this). The refrigerated kit contains pre-cooked macaroni and shredded Cheddar cheese, so all you have to do is warm up some milk, add the cheese, then throw in the pasta once you have a creamy, bubbling sauce. And, whereas most boxed macaroni and cheese products are made with “enriched macaroni product” (meaning nutrients have been destroyed when the grain is stripped and bleached), Three Bridges’ features durum wheat semolina, which is the high-protein wheat traditionally used in Italian dried pasta.
Because the cheese is fresh, not powdered, you’re also saving yourself from a number of additives, such as sodium tripolyphosphate and sodium phosphate. Plus, the grated cheese melts into the milk to create a deliciously creamy sauce that tastes homemade. It's ready in just three minutes, making it the fastest boxed macaroni and cheese on the market. You can find it at major grocery stores nationwide and at Super Targets.
Will I ever completely forgo homemade baked macaroni and cheese, complete with a rich bechamel sauce and curly cavatappi noodles? Never. But on busy weeknights when I'm craving comfort food, I know I can count on this pasta kit to satisfy. Plus, you can always upgrade the noodles—throw in some veggies or top with bread crumbs and finish under the broiler.