I love to cook, that is, when I have time and I am not exhausted I love to cook. The trick with cooking around my house is making something that pleases everyone and doesn’t involve too much of my time.
My kids (under 10) love Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, but everyone over 10 in our house cannot stand the taste of the fake cheese. For our more “sophisticated” tastes, we usually make our macaroni with a box of Velveeta, a box of noodles and usually some hamburger to spice it up. But even this form of macaroni is barely tolerable to the older people of our house. So I took on the challenge of making a quick and easy macaroni that everyone loves, doesn’t taste like fake cheese and has enough flavor for everyone to get excited about.
For my Mancaroni, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 Lb Burger
- Handful of Pepperoni (20-30) Chopped
- 2 Tbs Olive Oil
- 4 Cups Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Cup Milk (skim, 1, 2, whole, no matter)
- 1 Tbs Butter
- 1 Box Macaroni Noodles
- 1 Tsp Garlic Salt
Boil the macaroni noodles as you normally would, roughly 10 minutes at a high boil, and set aside.
Brown the burger along with the olive oil over medium heat. About half way through the browning add the pepperoni and garlic salt. I like to chop up the pepperoni and fry it in with the burger to give the burger a bit more flavor.
Once the burger is fully browned, turn the heat to low and add in the cheddar cheese, milk and butter and turn the stove to low heat. Stir the cheese and burger mix consistently until the cheese its fully melted.
Once melted add the cheese and burger mixture to the pound of cooked macaroni noodles and stir and you are finished.
In all this recipe takes about 15 minutes to prepare. What is best is that you get the classic macaroni only with real cheese and a significant amount of meat (not to mention a second meat to add a little extra flavor). The flavor is still calm enough where all our kids love it and still powerful enough where the adults (and older kids) really enjoy this meal.
Typically with homemade macaroni’s, you will see flour in the recipe, I specifically leave flour out of our macaroni because I like the stringy texture of the cheddar cheese (and the flour makes is more like church potluck macaroni, which I’m not a big fan).