Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Sausage Dogs

  • 2 boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 8 table spoons butter (one stick)
  • one pinch ground Thai red pepper (other finely ground red pepper would probably do)
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1.5 to 2 cups coarsely grated cheeder cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Romano or Parmesean cheese
  • 1 lb of your choice of sausage dogs (I used turkey cheddar dogs in this version) cut up into disks

Cook 2 boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese noodles and dump out into strainer.

Take 3/4 cups of of milk and put in pot over medium heat, as it heats, add cheese packs from the Kraft boxes. Add 8 tablespoons butter, a pinch of dried ground Thai red pepper (you don’t want to use enough to make it spicy. Just a bare pinch to give it background flavor without heat) , add about a tea spoon of paprika and two teaspoons of garlic powder. Stir it all together until hot and it has a smooth consistency.

After dumping Cooked Macaroni  into a casserole dish dump sauce over top and stir in. Add 1.5 to 2 cups grated cheddar cheese,1/8 cup of grated Romano or Parmesan  cheese, and 1 lb of your favourite sausage dogs cut into 1/2 inch thick or less disks. Stir cheese and sausage dogs into noodles until evenly distributed. Sprinkle 1/8 cup of finely grated Romano or parmesan cheese over the top. If as you stir the ingredients together the mixture gets a little dry you can stir a little more milk in till it is wet without puddling.

Bake casserole for 40 min at 350 degrees Fahrenheit  uncovered. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes or so with cover on. Serve.

So far this has been a big hit with both adults and children. The fact that it’s Mac and Cheese appeals to the kids and the upgraded ingredients and taste appeal to the adults.

If I was doing this from scratch I would use a lb of pasta noodles such as half shells or macaroni and substitute maybe some velveeta or Mexican velveeta for the sauce pack that comes in the Kraft boxes. Maybe a 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup. Maybe another variety of cheddar cheese would make a good substitute also.