Everyday Mom's Meals: He Loves The Box

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

He Loves The Box

The blue one. That says Kraft on it. With the mac and cheese inside of it. And to be honest, I can't say I blame him. Sometimes, I need transported back in time to my childhood and enjoy a classic. No, it's not as good as homemade. No, it's not that great for me. But I can't help myself, sometimes I just gotta have it. 

Most of the time when I satisfy his craving, or indulge myself, it's as a side dish...easy and quick...exactly what I need sometimes. But a few years ago when a friend shared this with me, I was pleasantly surprised that with just a few ingredients I could make that classic into something new, and a filling main dish, perfect for a busy weeknight when I'm rushing around trying to get supper on the table, along with about a hundred other things.

Now, if you prefer a homemade version, and stay away from the pre-packaged version all together, kudos to you! Seriously, you have much more will power than I do. This could easily be made with a creamy "from scratch" version, just be sure your end product results in about a pound of pasta. Then simply add the rest of the ingredients. Either way you make it, your kids are going to love it! Mac n Cheese and Pizza in one delicious dish...they will think you are a genius!!

Every once in awhile it's okay to treat ourselves to one of life's simple pleasure. For our family that means mac and cheese out of a certain blue box. But at least this way I get to "jazz" it up a little and give my little guy two things he loves in one simple dish.

Pizza Style Mac n Cheese
2 (7.5 oz) boxes mac n cheese
1/2 stick butter (NOTE this is a different amount than listed on box)
1/2 cup milk
1 (15 oz.) jar pizza sauce
3/4 c. pepperoni, chopped
1 (6.5 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 (3.5 oz) can sliced black olives, drained, a few reserved for garnish
2 TBS Italian Seasoning, extra for garnish

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook macaroni until done. Put back on hot pan over low heat. Add milk, butter and cheese packet. Stir until well combined. Add pizza sauce. Stir and cook on low until some liquid evaporates. Add pepperoni, mushrooms, olives and seasoning. Stir well to combine. Cook on low for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to combine, stirring often. Garnish with extra black olives and seasoning. 

Shared on Lady Behind The Curtain May 15, 2013
Shared on The Country Cook May 17, 2013

1 comment:

Rebekah said...

My 14 year old would love that - and to be honest, so would I! :D