Adding mayonnaise to my mac and cheese

United States
October 25, 2012 11:37am CST
I buy a lot of that boxed mac and cheese with the powdered cheese in it. It's rather bland made as directed, and I don't care for bland tasting foods. So to make it much better I put mayonnaise in it also to give it that whang that I like. It gives the cheese a cheesier flavor. Mayonnaise actually enhances the taste of ordinary mac and cheese. I sometimes add a can of diced tomatoes to it also to make it different. If you buy boxed items like I do, do you dress them up? How do you do your boxed foods to make things taste better.
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16 responses
• United States
25 Oct 12
That's a neat idea. I'm not really a fan of the powdered cheese either and I like the velveeta mac and cheese and it has an actual cheese in a package that's creamy. I don't think you have to add milk to it either. When you use the box kind do you add the milk? ONe time I forgot to and it tasted awful lol. My dad does most of the cooking at our house but sometimes I make my own hot lunches. Nothing fancy, just something to get me through the day. What I love to have is a packet of Ramen and then take a few of the Little Smokies sausages and put them in the soup. I haven't had that in a while because I'm the only one that eats the little smokies and they always go bad before I have the chance to eat them all.
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@BarBaraPrz (20544)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Oct 12
Freeze half the package.
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• United States
25 Oct 12
Hi CourtKnee! Yes, add milk to the powdered kind. I like the Velveeta kind also but it is more expensive and I need cheap in order to make my food money last. Bar has a great idea to freeze the smokies that you don't use. In fact, you might split them up into serving sizes in a snack sized Ziplock bag, and then put them all into freezer bag so you can take out what you need when you need it.
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• United States
25 Oct 12
I love the velveeta but it is more expensive and never really has any deals but Kraft always has some kind of buy one get one deal. That's a good idea to do, I don't know why I never thought of that lol. I think I'll get some and use your suggestions. They're so yummy but I just can't eat the whole package in time. I love to put them in my ramen or I like to just cook them up and them for breakfast with some eggs and toast. So yummy :)
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@STOUTjodee (3474)
• United States
25 Oct 12
With boxed mac and cheese I like to add more cheese! Either shredded or sliced cheese will work and of course spices or seasonings added helps. Most boxed foods in general need to be doctored up, but at least you have the basics.
• United States
25 Oct 12
Adding more cheese is really good too. I've done that. But right now I don't have any, and adding the mayo enhances the flavor. I like to add pepper to it when I eat it. What kind of spices do you use to make it? I like hot sauce and sometimes add a dash of it to my mac and cheese.
• United States
25 Oct 12
I will add season salt, garlic powder, onions or the powdered onions, lemon pepper. Sometimes I just experiment! My husband likes hot sauce also, but I can't handle the hot sauce, sometimes I'll add mild picante sauce or bar-b-que sauce. Now my son puts ketchup on every thing!
@GardenGerty (101789)
• United States
25 Oct 12
PQ, I was going to ask, Mayo, or Miracle Whip or store brand white salad dressing. I think of the salad dressing or Miracle Whip as having more of a "whang". I did just think of something else you could try. . . one of those mayo based horse radish sauces is good. I always get extra packets at Arby's and then I have them to season other things as well.
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@NailTech (6890)
• United States
25 Oct 12
For some reason cheese and mayo is disgusting for me, it's nothing personal just my own preference. I couldn't understand how someone could eat a cheeseburger from BK with mayo on it, it was so gross to me. But I did eat one of those a few months ago and found it to be OK. I'm not sure I could do it with mac and cheese but perhaps some kinds of other flavorings. I rarely make it though, and usually if I eat it it is just plain and it's fine with me.
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• United States
26 Oct 12
For me and millions like me, it would be strange not to..
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
26 Oct 12
Hi PQ, Yes, I always add to prepared foods to make them a bit more like a real meal. I actually used to make this thing with the boxed mac & cheese where you added stewed tomatoes and tuna...sounds gross but it was amazing. I'll have to try the mayo. It sounds really weird but sometimes those are the best ones and I'm pretty open to trying new things. I also will take canned spagettios and add ground beef, onion and pepper to liven it up a bit. I don't eat these kind of foods often but when I do...I definitly have to play around with them.
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• United States
26 Oct 12
I would love it. I like it made with canned stewed tomatoes and chunks of cheese in it... but rarely have much hard cheese anymore due to the cost of it. I like the 2 pound Cabot cheese.. but it's nearly $8. I bought 4 of them once.. $32 in cheese .. it was great, but it shorted me on other stuff.
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
26 Oct 12
That sounds so good. You are making me hungry here! I wil say that is an outrageous price for cheese!! I usually pay under 3.00 for a 16 oz. block of the Cabot or the Helluvagood cheese which really is not too bad at all.
@peavey (16856)
• United States
26 Oct 12
I don't buy boxed macaroni and cheese any more, but the mayonnaise sounds good. I make it from a generic Velveeta that comes in a box and I think it's as cheap or cheaper but it's hard to do the math. Anyway, I think I'm going to try putting some mayonnaise in it next time. I like to make mac and cheese with sausage mixed in it.
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• United States
26 Oct 12
I like Italian sausage, but no one else in my family does. I can't keep velveeta cheese in the house to use for cooking... it ends up getting used on toast or something.
@peavey (16856)
• United States
26 Oct 12
I used breakfast sausage and it was pretty good.
• United States
25 Oct 12
Why not just make mac 'n' cheese from scratch? It is easy to do, and it is fairly inexpensive to do so. I don't generally buy heavily processed foods. I can't even remember the last time I bought a box of Annie's mac 'n' cheese--one of the few decent boxed mac 'n' cheeses out there. When I did use to buy that, I would add in things such as frozen peas, tuna and carrots to it.
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• United States
26 Oct 12
I have to go with cheap, and for $10 or less I can have 10 meals with mac and cheese. Having to buy the cheese separate would add to more expense that I can't manage right now. I have to make the food dollar stretch through the month, and it hardly ever does. This month I still didn't make it, but I came closer to making it.
• United States
27 Oct 12
Have you tried buying stuff like split peas and lentils in bulk? They are good for making soups and other dishes, are inexpensive, are healthy and are filling. I think that it would be quite possible to do a good lentil soup for less than the cost of an inexpensive box of mac 'n' cheese. I haven't really broken down the price on my homemade mac 'n' cheese, but I was just sitting here and estimating... Buying elbow macaroni in bulk and being conservative with the cheese usage but using a decent quality cheese, I would say that I could do it at less than 60 cents per serving... possibly quite a bit less if I find a sale on my usual brand of cheese.
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
26 Oct 12
I'm not really fond of boxed stuff since we make our dishes from scratch where I come from. But I think adding mayonnaise to your food is like adding eggs. I know for a fact that scrambled eggs are far better when adding mayonnaise. hehe.. But if I had to add something to mac and cheese to make it cheesier, I'd probably go for cheese instead of mayo. Have a great mylot experience ahead!
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• United States
26 Oct 12
I've never done scrambled eggs with mayo in them.. I'll have to try that. I do like egg sandwiches with mayo on the bread.
• United States
26 Oct 12
I love mac and cheese with the cheese packet that is soft. I don't buy this kind anymore at all. The powder just does not work for me. I could never put mayo in my mac and cheese because the flavor is on the money with the cheese packet. maybe you should try that instead of this one you are buying. if the cost is the issue i can understand.
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• United States
26 Oct 12
I can't afford the Velveeta kind to buy it in bulk. The mayo really enhances the flavor of the cheese.. it's tangy like cheddar cheese.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
26 Oct 12
steven doesn't like tomatoes so I add onion and put put catchup on my plate and mix it up. For hamburger helper I always add green pepper and hot pepper to it.
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• United States
26 Oct 12
I love peppers. I don't keep them much.. but I do like them.
@GardenGerty (101789)
• United States
25 Oct 12
I had not heard of that, but I see where it could be really good. We do not do pasta because of hubby, but I do use other convenience foods. I keep lots of herbs and spices on hand. Salsa is a big mainstay for me. I have heard of people adding ranch dressing to their mac and cheese. I like to chop onions, or peppers, or garlic or all three into things. I buy bacon bits in bulk and they are good added to stuff.
• United States
26 Oct 12
The mayo really brings out the cheese flavor. I like salsa too.. I used to get it by the gallon from Walmart. I should do it again.
@BarBaraPrz (20544)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
25 Oct 12
I used to cut up bacon, fry it up, and put it in my KD for a change. I used the bacon fat instead of the margarine called for in the package directions. It made it more tasty.
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• United States
25 Oct 12
Frying up bacon and adding it sounds great too. I’ve never done that. I’ve added ground beef and canned tomatoes and lots of real cheese to it, and that was really good too.
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@succe66 (19)
• China
26 Oct 12
I don't often eat boxed foods,but who can tell me what's the meaning of "mac"?
@peavey (16856)
• United States
26 Oct 12
"Mac" is macaroni, usually a short, tubular shaped pasta. It's very common for quick meals.
@Noliah (24)
• United States
2 Dec 12
I understand what you mean by flavor enhancement. Years ago, I started adding mayo to my mashed potatoes now and then and it really "amps up" the flavor in a way that's hard to describe. Can't say if any particular brand of mayo was better than another, but I do know that low fat or fat free just didn't do the trick. I realize that this may sound a bit like taking a hammer to the heart, but I don't have mashed potatoes that often---less than once a month, actually. Therefore, it's a treat, not a staple. And for mac and cheese, I like to add chunks of bacon, but only occasionally. And again, it's not a regular thing. I only buy bacon three times a year, at most, using it only as an added flavor enhancer. I wrap individual slices in freezer wrap and freeze it, somewhat as a safety feature for my bacon-lovin' self! That way, I'm less likely to have a haystack-sized pile next to my omelet. Ha!
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
3 Nov 12
I love canned goulash soup, its inexpensive and filling. What I do is adding such a lot of cayenne pepper that even I start crying as its sooooo nicely hot then. and one of my favorite breakfast meals for Saturday is a rinsed can of kidney beans nuked in the microwave with a small packet of bacon bits and of course looooots of cayenne powder in it. he he he
@celticeagle (119241)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Oct 12
I sometimes will put alittle shredded sharp cheddar cheese in my mac and cheese. I also will put alittle cream cheese in it if I have alittle left and need to use it up. Gives it a richer flavor. We used to eat some hamburger helper at times and my daughter would add some peas or more noodles. We don't eat that anymore and not any other boxes of stuff. I try to eat frozen or fresh. I am getting with my daughter and teaching her how to make goulash and vegetable soup with such things as brocoll, cauliflower and cabbage. Good food! You should try some too. I bet your tummy would hurt at all. I will send you recipes if you want.
• China
26 Oct 12
I don't like mayonnaise .because I'm an east man.