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Trashless Trashy Mac & Cheese in Seconds

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We’re not in the business of trashing food, literally or metaphorically. But we’re totally in the business of recreating dishes to make them healthier, less wasteful, and equally (if not superiorly) delicious. We’ve taken the nostalgic flavor of the blue box from your youth and given it a makeover. Out with all those ingredients you can’t pronounce and in with real food. Turmeric is kind of a tricky one to say but it’s a helluva lot easier than tripolyphosphate. It’s trashy, it’s tasty, and you can kraft it in less time than you can kraft anything outta the box.


  • 2 cups dried macaroni (or whatever small shaped pasta you’ve got)
  • 1 Tbsp. turmeric
  • 4 cups cheese (any cheese or mix of cheeses, we like sharp white cheddar)
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt (staple)
  • olive oil (staple)
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    1. Start the mac - Place a large pan over high heat. Pour the macaroni straight into the dry pan. Add hot water to the pan to barely cover the macaroni. Sprinkle your turmeric into the pan and stir as the macaroni slowly absorbs the liquid.
    2. Get cheesy - Grate or chop your cheeses. Check on your macaroni, add a little more hot water as it continues to be absorbed (like we’re managing moisture in a risotto).
    3. Torch time! Grab your tomatoes, pierce each one, and pile on a plate. Drizzle them with a little olive oil and season with salt. Grab a torch (I love saying that)! Blister the tomatoes until they get a nice char. If you don’t have a torch, you can just put them on a baking sheet under the broiler for about 1 minute. Chop up the blistered tomatoes and set aside.
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    Christine Kujawa a month ago
    Nope. Not for us, thankfully it’s the only recipe so far I haven’t liked and I didn’t waste much time on it. All of the other recipes I’ve tried on “seconds” have been wonderful!
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    jo 9 months ago
    My daughter loves it, but husband was a "meh". I think with less cheese (1/3) and less turmeric next (1/2) round, then it could be a family favorite.
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    B 2 years ago
    Sooo good! I was skeptical of the turmeric but it tasted amazing! Definitely making this again
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    Glennette 2 years ago
    Turned out great and my super picky husband loved it
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    Bart Jackson 2 years ago
    I was so excited about this video and recipe, but it was not even close to the "blue box" mac and cheese that we all love (even though it is so bad for us)
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    Nelson 2 years ago
    This was eh. It tasted good, not great, but it was certainly quick to make