I love having easy to make and delicious recipes in my menu every week. I don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen each day preparing dinner, but I still want a nutritious meal that my whole family will eat, instead of a boxed dinner that might be full of chemicals.
When I first came across this recipe for Mac and Cheesedog Casserole many years ago as a new bride, I didn’t think it would ever be something I would make, because it didn’t sound that appealing to me. However, my husband asked me to make it for him, and he’s been hooked on it ever since.
The original recipe, by Rachel Ray, calls for the addition of ketchup, mustard and beer, which tastes good, but over the years, I changed it up a bit to make it more kid-friendly (and I found that the acidic ketchup would often curdle my cheese sauce, making the dish look a bit unappetizing).
Now our kids love this simple recipe too, asking for it every couple of weeks or so. I try to use the healthier hot dogs, the ones made from chicken or turkey without nitrites, and I substitute some of the milk in a regular cheese sauce for chicken broth, which not only cuts a few calories, but adds in a nice flavor.
If you don’t like cheddar cheese, you can substitute an Italian cheese blend…it’s really good that way too!
I hope you’ll try this Mac and Cheesedog Casserole recipe soon! I think your family will enjoy it 🙂