Hearty Macaroni & Cheese
You can easily turn this Hearty Macaroni & Cheese into a budget-stretching one-dish meal. Simply add 1 cup chopped ham, 1/2 cup corn kernels and 1/2 cup peas in step 2. Mix well and bake as recipe directs.
1 cup macaroni
1 cup milk
4 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 cup soft bread cubes
1 whole canned pimiento, chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
1 Tbsp chopped green onions
1 1/2 cup cubed Cheddar cheese (about 12 ounces)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
3 eggs, beaten
Grease a 1-quart baking dish. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain. Bring milk almost to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat. Add butter. Stir until melted.
Combine milk mixture and bread cubes in a medium bowl. Add pimiento, green onions, Cheddar, salt, pepper, paprika and eggs to bowl. Stir gently to mix.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread macaroni in prepared baking dish. Pour bread mixture over macaroni.
Bake macaroni until browned and bubbly, about 45 minutes.
Hearty Macaroni & Cheese tip: Save time and cleanup by using the microwave to scald the milk. Pour it into a 2-cup microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. It heats up faster than on the stove top.