I have been making spaghetti sauce for days trying to finish up with this round of tomatoes so when I was trying to decide what I wanted for dinner tonight, I knew it wasn’t going to be spaghetti again, lol. I don’t want us to get tired of it this early in the year. I also knew that it was going to have to be an easy to cook meal because I just about can’t stand this aching back at the moment (from standing). That left… my fail proof Jalapeno Mac & Cheese with Franks casserole. I love it as one of our go between meals when I’m tired and want something easy but delicious for supper. It’s enough for supper and lunch the next day. Unless the grands are here.
I was playing around in the kitchen one day, trying to figure out something new to make with pasta and that’s how this recipe was invented. I had a box of macaroni & cheese but I didn’t have any cheddar cheese. When I make the kids Mac & Cheese, they like the cheese sauce packages that come in the boxed Mac & Cheese (so I save the packets for them). They weren’t here and I was in a creative mood. What I did have was pepper jack cheese and that’s what I used. Who knew it would turn out to be such a fave?
It’s so easy to prepare (and quick, let’s not forget quick). Ingredients are as follows:
1 box of Mac & Cheese, cooked half of the regular time and drained.
4 oz (half a block of 8 oz) pepper jack cheese
1 regular size can of Mushroom soup
I don’t eat mayo so I sneak in sour cream and no one can tell the difference. Except me. 4 oz (half a tub of 8 oz) of sour cream
1/3 cup of whole or low fat milk.
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.
4 Jalapeno franks (I freeze mine so they are easier to cut).
4 slices of bread, toasted.
Now stir stir stir and preheat your oven to 350. Add a lid to your casserole dish and place in oven. ALSO put about 4 slices of bread in the oven for your topping.
2 tablespoons room temperature butter.
Cook both the casserole and the bread (toast) for 20 to 30 minutes. Take both out of oven. Crumble the bread (toast) and add 2 tablespoons of butter. Pop in microwave about 30 second, then top the casserole with it. Cook at 350 an additional 15 minutes.
This recipe makes enough for a small family (4 to 6 servings) and is simply delicious. Jalapenos are the spice of life. I really like hot and spicy foods but this recipe is NOT that hot if you want to fix it for the kids too.
If you have a quick and easy pasta dish you like prepare, please post the recipe on your blog and let me know the URL so I can check it out. It may just be my next favorite recipe.