Lou: So what's for dinner?
Me: Macaroni and cheese
Lou: Uh...umm...is it gonna be good...?
Me: Of course it's gonna be good!
Lou: ...I don't know....
Me: It has bacon in it.
Lou: Oh, ok good. Alright then. I'll have some.
I've been eating salads for lunch and dinner the past month (with a few slip ups...who can say no to pizza?) in an effort to try eating healthier, and kind of to see if I could actually do it.
I've had a big bag of shredded cheese (it was on super sale! I couldn't help it!) just sitting in the fridge begging for me to think of something to do with it. I finally broke down and decided to make some baked macaroni and cheese. I love me some pasta. I'm craving it!
The key to baked mac n' cheese epicness is most definitely insane amounts of cheese, crumbled ritz crackers and BACON.
I cooked a pound of elbow pasta, then mixed that in a casserole dish with two cans of stewed tomatoes (drained and chopped) and a bag of shredded italian mix cheese. Then topped it with 5 slices of crumbled cooked bacon and a sleeve of crushed ritz crackers.
Baked that all in a 350 degree oven for a half hour or so covered with foil, then took the foil off and cooked another 10-15 mins for the crackers to get all golden brown and delicious.
My only regret is not using enough cheese. I know, I know...how can that be?? I used a full bag. No, still not enough for my liking. I think next time I'll actually use TWO bags, if you can believe it. Still, it was delicious.
Possibly I'll add a can of crushed tomatoes and some pats of butter next time too, but that's just nitpicking.