Boxed mac and cheese is a pantry staple for everyone from college students to hungry toddlers to their parents. I’ve eaten my fair share, mostly out of convenience and budget. Short of making homemade mac and cheese, it had me wondering: Could I bring the boxed stuff up a notch?
What inspired this thought was the mention of Trader Joe’s French Onion Macaroni & Cheese (which you can find in their freezer section) in a meeting. Could simply adding caramelized onions to my box of Annie’s make that big of a difference? So, I tried both. I know, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.
The Trader Joe's version was pretty good, but there was a feeling in my brain that adding my own caramelized onions would be better than this frozen version. I had some leftover caramelized onions, made using Lan Lam’s superquick method in her Caramelized Onions recipe (start a free trial to check it out), so I added them to my white cheddar Annie’s. They definitely elevated the humble mac, and added the wonderful sweetness that comes with them.