We tried every box out there to find the ones that rival homemade.

By Grace Elkus
May 22, 2018
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Roasted Hatch chiles and aged Cheddar make for a smoky, grown-up take. Unlike many frozen variet- ies, the noodles stayed al dente when heated. To buy: $3 for 12 oz., traderjoes.com.
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Thanks to a squeezable pouch of cheese sauce that gets stirred into the warm noodles, every single shell is coated in a decadently thick and creamy sauce—no clumps in sight.

To buy: $4 for 12 oz.; amazon.com.

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This no-frills pick surprised us with its silky-smooth sauce and extra-long elbows. The short, organic ingredient list also gets a thumbs-up.

To buy: $2.50 for 6 oz., target.com.

Kraft

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The mild white Cheddar flavor and the nostalgic elbow shape make this a winner for family dinners and dorm meals alike. Opt for whole milk and the suggested half stick of butter for an irresistibly gooey sauce.

To buy: $1.25 for 7.3 oz., target.com.

Aldi

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White and brown rice noodles are smothered in a rich Cheddar sauce for a gluten-free option—we spooned up seconds.

To buy: $2 for 12 oz., aldi.com.

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Many vegan varieties have a distinct aftertaste. This one boasts the same comforting flavor as classic—sans dairy.

To buy: $2.80 for 6 oz., amazon.com.

Trader Joe’s

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Roasted Hatch chiles and aged Cheddar make for a smoky, grown-up take. Unlike many frozen variet- ies, the noodles stayed al dente when heated.

To buy: $3 for 12 oz., traderjoes.com.