Really good macaroni and cheese is a beautiful thing. The question being asked, though, is probably about what qualifies as homemade.
You make your own rules about what matters.
But let's be honest: mac and cheese from a box (or anything from a box or kit) isn't the same quality as homemade. It's true that some boxed meals are "better" than others, but when's the last time you had mac and cheese made from scratch with fresh butter and cream, and cheese that you grated yourself? Mmmm. That's REAL food, and it's not that hard to make. Challenge yourself to try it.