Not Your Mama’s Mac & Cheese

I’m a chef, but I also like to find great products that makes my clients time in kitchen more productive. One of my fav products is Stouffers Man & Cheese and it comes in a bag! You can scoop out the amount you need and put the remainder back into the freezer. No fuss no muss. It’s great with an Amish all beef or Kosher hotdog, but I jazz mine up a bit with things I have in the pantry or left-overs in the refrigerator or freezer and change it up a bit. My family loves it and I have saved a lot of time and hassle in the kitchen…follow me!

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Not your Mama’s Mac & Cheese

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INGREDIENTS

3 cups of frozen Stouffers Mac & Cheese 

1/2 cup of velveeta cheese

1/4 cup  asiago cheese

1/4 cup cheddar cheese or your favorite cheese.

1 cup cherry/grape tomatoes-cut in half

1 cup cooked chicken stripes or leftover meat (see list)

1/4 cup cooked bacon-chopped or bacon bits

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or ground chipotle pepper-this is spicey so either cut it out or use to taste

pinch of ground nutmeg

French’s Fried Onions- I go to Aldis and get their brand of cheddar cheese ones Yummolish!

1/2 cup of milk or chicken broth

DIRECTIONS:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Butter an oven or microwave proof casserole dish about 2 QT size.

3. In a bowl add the 3 cups of mac & cheese, the cheeses and the remainder of the ingredients

4. Get creative here, if you have left-over broccoli, peas, carrots use that, or any leftover cooked meat, ham, salmon, hamburger, turkey, sliced hotdogs.

5. Pour into the casserole and sprinkle the french fried onions or use potato chips, cheese crackers, what ever you have in your pantry!

6. Place into the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes.

7. Serve with a salad & Crusty multi-grain bread and butter!

NOTE:

I have made this in the microwave, mix as directed above and plac in your microwave in a microwave safe dish and nuke on power level 4-5 for 15 minutes. Check every 5 minutes to check to make sure it doesn’t get overdone on the sides.  Renuke for a minute at a time until it is heated through.

SHOPPING LIST:

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3 cups of frozen Stouffers Mac & Cheese 

1/2 cup of velveeta cheese

1/4 cup  asiago cheese

1/4 cup cheddar cheese or your favorite cheese.

1 cup cherry/grape tomatoes-cut in half

1 cup cooked chicken stripes or leftover meat (see list)

1/4 cup cooked bacon-chopped or bacon bits

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or ground chipotle pepper

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