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If you love macaroni and cheese and if you love loaded baked potatoes, behold (sky opening and sun shining down) the Loaded Mac and Cheese!
1. Boil the pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking. When drained, place in your 3-quart casserole dish and set aside.
2. While pasta is cooking, start your bacon by cutting into strips. Add to a large frying pan and cook, stirring over medium high heat. When starting to brown, add chopped onion, stir and cook until onions become browned and caramelized.
3. Add ground beef to the same frying pan and cook until crumbled and browned. Remove from heat, stir into noodles and set aside.
4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
5. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a medium sauce pan.
6. Add the flour, sea salt, dry mustard, pepper, and paprika. Stir constantly over medium heat for about three minutes.
7. Slowly add in the milk while whisking.
8. Keeping on medium heat, whisk constantly for about 10 minutes, until the sauce thickens and will coat the back of a spoon.
9. Remove from heat, and stir in 2 1/2 cups of the cheese, stirring until melted.
10. Pour the cheese sauce over the noodles and stir until combined.
11. Sprinkle on the rest of the cheese and chives. Dust with more paprika.
12. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until it gets golden brown, bubbly and ooey-gooey!
13. Serve quick before it disappears. There were no leftovers to put away when I made this!
Now, I am not a casserole kinda gal, but when confronted with a plethora of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, I will bow to the gods of one-dish meals. I did some research from famous chefs and their versions of tetrazzini and got a good idea of where I needed to focus. Then I raided the refrigerator. My goal was to not have to purchase anything to make this meal, yet make it extremely tasty. This is the outcome.
I love couscous and could eat it in some variation nearly every day. Not everyone in my household feels this way (I won’t mention the “he” who shall be nameless). In an effort to make couscous a little bit “tastier” to some folks, I thought this quick and easy casserole might hit the spot. This would be a great side dish to any meal or if you are going meatless eat this all by itself!
Tacos … check! Chicken … check! Together in a casserole … check, check! Three of my favorite things all wrapped up into one sensational dish. And I do mean sensational. This is one easy and really tasty casserole that I will be making again and again at my house. I hope you love it as much as we do.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!