If you grew up in America, then chances are that you grew up loving Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Even after living in Germany for nearly 2 years now, I still miss the contents of that little blue box.
So, I have been slaving away in my test kitchen over these past few years trying to figure out a way to recreate the secret Kraft recipe here in Germany.
Before someone says it in the comments, let me first address two things:
1. Yes, you can find off-brand macaroni and cheese in Germany.
My answer to that?
Very few grocery stores carry it, it is extremely over-priced, and no off-brand can compare to the deliciousness of Kraft.
Most of the cheeses those recipes require are super expensive in Germany (have any of my fellow expats tried to buy cheddar lately?), and those recipes take way too much effort.
- Ingredients must be available at my local discount grocery store.
- Ingredients for one serving must cost less than 2 EUR.
- Total cooking time must be under 20 minutes.
- Cooking process must require no more than one saucepan, a colander, and a stirring utensil.
Now, let’s get to how you make it:
Step 1: Boil Noodles
If you can find macaroni, perfect! My local discount grocery store doesn’t carry macaroni noodles, though, so I just bought these curly noodles. Since I am only cooking for one, I make about three handfuls of these noodles.
Step 2: Mix in Cheese
After the noodles are cooked and drained, put them back in the saucepan, and add your cheese. For my 3 handfuls of noodles, I use 2-3 slices of Schmelzkäse. I like this white “herzhaft-würzig” kind. Unfortunately, the yellow food dye us Americans love is banned in many European countries, so to get your macaroni and cheese to appear as Kraft-like as possible, just try to find the brightest yellow Schmelzkäse you can find.
Unwrap the cheese, throw it in the pan, and stir like crazy. To make it creamy, I do also suggest adding some butter and possibly milk. To minimize on dishes, I do not measure. But I guess I use about a tablespoon of butter and two tablespoons of milk.