A desperation recipe because there was no meat thawed and I had people to feed in a couple hours. The ingredients were what I had on hand. The results were surprisingly good and I’ve made this recipe often since. Leftovers reheat well in the oven or microwave. Serve with some type of green salad and any homemade bread.
- 1 box cheap macaroni and cheese
- ¼ of a large onion, diced
- ½ cup of corn, frozen or canned
- 1 can of kidney or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can of stewed tomatoes un-drained or 2 fresh Roma tomatoes chopped
- ¼ cup of water
- 2 or more teaspoons chili powder
- 1 clove garlic minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ cup shredded cheese, cheddar or Colby
- Pepper to taste
Heat the oven to 350 degree F. Prepare a 13x9x2 inch baking dish by buttering it or spray with pan release.
Bring 4 cups of salted water to a boil in a sauce pan; add the frozen corn and the macaroni. Stir, bring the water back to a boil and cook until the macaroni is almost tender. Drain and put back in the pan with a tablespoon of butter. Stir in the contents of the imitation cheese sauce packet. Mix in the drained and rinsed beans, the tomatoes and the juice, the water and the seasonings. Stir well. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Smooth the top and cover tightly with aluminum foil, bake for 1 hour. As soon as you take the baking dish out of the oven sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top and let it melt. Serve with extra cheese.
A half a pound of leftover meat can be added, such as hamburger, pork, sliced hot dogs or sliced Polish sausage.
Other vegetables can be included.
Dry minced onion can be used.
Cubes of cheese mixed into the casserole make it even cheesier.
½ of a large diced green pepper can be added.
Buttered bread crumbs mixed in with the shredded cheese makes a good topping. Uncover the last 10 minutes or so of the baking time so it will slightly brown.
To reheat in the oven add 1/4 cup of water and cover with foil. Reheat at 350 degrees F. for about 30 minutes.