Elevated Mac & Cheese

Boxed mac & cheese is in many folks pantries. This pun-ny recipe "elevates" the standard box, adding flavor and calories too! This recipe makes two servings - so one dinner for two folks, or two dinners for one. Another perfect weekend meal.

Ingredients

  • Boxed mac and cheese - Annie's and Trader Joes makes a white cheddar that feeds 2.5 people. Split the box into two bags if necessary.
  • 1/4 cup of salami per serving - sliced into cubes about the width and height of a penny
  • 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese per serving - sliced into cubes like the salami
  • 1/4 cup of cherry tomatoes - wait until you're in the field to slice them in half
  • Optional - olive oil and garlic

Directions

  1. Start the stove and put a pot of water on
  2. While the water is heating up, cut the cherry tomatoes in half
  3. When the water is boiling, add the pasta. If your stove doesn't simmer well, I've discovered that you can bring the pasta to a rolling boil, let it begin to froth up, then shut off the stove before it boils over. Wait a minute, then re-light the stove and repeat. Do this as many times as necessary until the pasta tastes ready. This technique is really necessary for canister stoves like the Jetboil and Reactor.
  4. When the pasta is ready, drain the water and spoon the pasta into a bowl, or two bowls if you're cooking the entire box. Keep a little bit of water in the bottom of the pot for the instant cheese that came with the box, and add that water into the bowls too
  5. Add the instant cheese that came with the box, and stir
  6. Add the salami, real cheddar cheese, and cherry tomatoes
  7. Stir and serve

Enjoy! This is another dish that only requires cleaning your bowl and spoon afterward.