Welcome to the mac and cheese wars: Attracting new fans with creatively-shaped pieces of pasta, and making sure that pasta retains its shape after being boiled, holds onto just the right amount of that cheese-like powder, and still tastes good.
Long before I knew anything about my latest blog crush Jillee, I was a devotee of The HillBilly Housewife. HH is a very rustic website that's all about making things on the cheap. I'm talking serious no-frills everything. I think this mama even rolls her own tampons. She's hardcore.
Is mac & cheese the healthiest dinner choice? Of course not. Would I recommend serving it more than once a week? Probably not. But when made well, perhaps with some veggies thrown in, mac & cheese is certainly a better option than say, a Happy Meal.