Monday, May 2, 2011

Katie's Easy Peasy Mac-N-Cheesy

Happy Monday, y'all. Well, maybe not happy Monday, but it's nearly over, and I just got done eating an awesome meal (if I do say so myself), so I'm feeling pretty happy about now. I'm taking a break this week from Melodrama Mondays. Since last week I was in the mountains on Monday, I've kind of gotten out of the Melodrama Monday habit. It may or may not be back. That's the beauty of having a can pretty much do what you want with it.

This week I'm linking up with my3littlebirds, who happens to also be last week's featured blog on The Dish. If you haven't already, be sure to check this lady out. She's amazing!

Hope you guys enjoy my What's For Dinner submission: Katie's Easy Peasy Mac-N-Cheesy.

It's no big secret that Southerners have a love affair with mac-n-cheese. Down here, it's considered a vegetable! Seriously, we love it, and usually, I find a way to work it into most of my meals. But I must admit that more often than not I just make it out of the box. No shame there...just the life of a busy wife.

Last week, we were down to our last groceries. I hadn't been shopping since a couple of weeks before our mountain trip, so you can probably imagine just how empty my cabinets were getting. So I decided had to throw supper together from the last few measly items left in my kitchen. I had macaroni, and I had cheese. Logical conclusion? Make mac-n-cheese, but alas, I had no milk, no eggs, no sour cream. None of the items that most mac-n-cheese recipes on the web called for. I was undeterred. I had mac-n-cheese on the brain and the tummy, and dangit, I was going to make mac-n-cheese happen. From this tenacity and overwhelming cheesy desire, Easy Peasy Mac-N-Cheesy was born.

Katie's Easy Peasy Mac-N-Cheesy

1 8-ounce box macaroni
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese with 1/4 cup reserved
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 can cheddar cheese soup
3 tablespoon butter
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat over to 400 degrees. Prepare box of macaroni according to directions. I cooked mine al dente. The important thing is to not let it cook down too much, or you'll end up with mush. In large mixing bowl, combined cooked macaroni, cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup Mexican blend cheese, and cheddar cheese soup. Add majority of your bread crumbs (reserving a few dashes for your crust) and two tablespoons of your butter to this mix. Add salt and pepper. Blend well. Put mixture in greased 9x9 casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese, a couple of dashes of bread crumbs, and remaining pats of butter to the top of casserole. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

Served mine up with mixed greens and shredded pork roast on sliced bread. Call me fancy! HA! :)

It may not be the most fabulous baked mac-n-cheese you've ever had, but it's pretty dang tasty and pretty dang easy, which counts for a lot in my book! And the hubby even liked this baked mac-n-cheese, and he usually prefers boxed macaroni and cheese...which probably doesn't say a lot for my past attempts...

How do y'all like your mac-n-cheese? Homemade or out-of-the-box?



  1. Why haven't I ever thought about cheese soup in mac&cheese? You are among the great minds of our generation.

  2. looks simple and yummy- I'm trying this tomorrow, girl! thanks for sharing.

  3. What a great pantry dive! Sometimes the best meals come out of necessity and imagination.

  4. 1) There is that green dish again. I must have it!

    2) My mouth is watering at 11:57 p.m. and I may be forced to start cooking. You should write a funny, anecdote-filled cookbook, Katie. I would love that! 'Cause I'm not a very good cook, but I love to read your stories :D

  5. The whole meal looks de-lish!!! And, I love the soup you put in it. I'm so going to have to try this...I'm crossing my fingers my 8 year old will love it, he only seems to enjoy the straight of the box kind, but this is so much more!!! :)

  6. Gotta try this! My son's addicted to Mac & Cheese! :)

  7. How very southern of you. Cheese and crumbs. It sounds yummy.
    My favorite way to make Mac and cheese is as a salad with ham. I will have to dig that out and share.

  8. That looks DELICIOUS - I already bookmarked it! My roommates and I are always looking for new recipes and we all agree that THIS is going to be the next thing we make for dinner next week! Thanks so much for sharing! It looks soooo good!


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