Thursday, July 14, 2011

Grown Up Macaroni and Cheese

My daughter took one bite of this lunch and declared it "better than Panera's macaroni and cheese!" This is incredibly high praise coming from this five year old as she refuses to eat macaroni and cheese from a box anymore. She's a mac n cheese snob.This grown up version sneaks in a few veggies and is topped with crumbled bacon. Everything is better with bacon, right?

2c Uncooked Pasta
4 Slices Bacon, Cooked and Crumbled
2T Thrive Red & Green Bell Peppers
1/2c Thrive Freeze Dried Mushrooms
1T Thrive Chopped Onions
2T Thrive Freeze Dried Peas

1c Thrive Cheese Blend
1 1/2c Water

Prepare pasta according to package directions. In a small saucepan, combine water and bell peppers and simmer for five minutes. Add the remaining vegetables and cheese blend. Stir until cheese powder is dissolved, return to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until cheese sauce thickens and vegetables are tender. If your cheese sauce is too thick, add a little milk until it is the desired consistency. Pour over cooked pasta, toss gently, and serve topped with bacon. Serves 4.

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