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.
Easy Dinner Recipes: Mac and Cheesedog Casserole
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- 1 T. olive oil
- 1 package hot dogs sliced into 1 inch pieces
- 1 T. butter
- 2 T. flour
- 1/2 c. chicken stock
- 2 c. milk
- 2 1/2 t. onion powder
- salt and pepper
- 3 c. shredded cheddar cheese
- Cook the macaroni in boiling water until tender.
- While the macaroni is cooking, brown the hot dogs in a skillet over medium heat in the olive oil. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add butter to hot pan, swirl to melt. Add flour to butter and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Pour milk and chicken stock into pan and whisk vigorously until well mixed. Season with onion powder, salt and pepper, and cook until sauce thickens.
- Turn off heat, then add 2 cups of the cheese. Stir the sauce until cheese has melted, then add hot dogs and drained macaroni and mix well. Transfer to casserole dish.
- Sprinkle the remaining cheese over top of the casserole. You can melt the cheese under the broiler for 2-3 minutes if desired, or just leave it to melt on its own.
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 🙂
Find more dinner ideas in this Easy Dinner Recipes for Families post!