Who doesn’t love a good pot of mac and cheese? I know my family is addicted, especially to the Velveeta Shells. With all of its creamy, cheesy, gooey goodness. There is no
denying that most people just love mac and cheese.
Tonight, I was pondering upon what to make for dinner. I knew I had some Kielbasa in the fridge (actually 3 packs) that I really needed to figure out what I was going to do with it. I’ve mixed it in mac and cheese before and it simply brings back the childhood memories. Saying my kids love this meal is an understatement. It is simple, quick, good, and lets out your inner child. As I am making the macaroni, this thought crosses my mind. How can I make this different but still kid friendly? I mean, how else do you cook macaroni from a box? Then the light bulb went off, and I mean super bright. Bake it. In order to keep it from drying out, I’ll add extra cheese. Now I do have bread crumbs to put on top but that sounds boring. BINGO!!!!! Ritz Crackers. My kids love Ritz Crackers.
Yes, this sounds super simple, many of you are probably wondering how I am just now thinking of this. I know, I am late to the recipe game. My family is picky and wants chicken and corn every night for dinner. It is hard to break from their tight picky grip. Tonight, I won!
I started off by boiling some water (have to state the obvious). Added my shells (2 packs). Cooked them until tender and drained. While I was waiting on my pasta to cook, I started cutting up my Kielbasa. You could also use hot dogs (I’ve used them before too). I cut them into ½ inch slices then quartered each slice. Does that even make sense? This makes them kid friendly. I put them cut up Kielbasa into the microwave for 1 ½ minutes. You could also put them into a frying pan to heat if you would like to. I prefer to not wash every dish in my house (personal preference). Once I have the pasta draining, I dump in the Kielbasa, add the pasta back, put the cheese sauce in, add approx. ½ cup of shredded cheese (tonight was Mexican cheese as I had nothing else), and mix it all together. I then dumped this mixture into an 8×8 baking dish. I crushed up approx. 20 Ritz Crackers and poured them evenly over top of the mac and cheese mixture. I then baked at 350° for about 7 minutes. This part is completely up to you. I know if I baked it too long, my kids would turn their nose up.
Okay, so I have to tell you the funniest part of making tonight’s dinner. When I got out the crackers to put on top, my daughter’s first words were “EWWWWW”. This same child ate seconds tonight. Yup, that good.