Macaroni and Cheese Dog Casserole

Most all kids love Mac and Cheese and hot dogs. These are two of TJ’s favorite foods right now. So for his birthday meal, I decided to take his two favorite things and combine them into a casserole. It was a big hit for both TJ and his grandparents. Try this easy meal for the little and big kids in your life!

 

Macaroni & Cheese Dog Casserole

 

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For this version, I stirred all 3 cups of cheese into the casserole because its easier for my little 2 year old to eat, but I would recommend saving a cup and sprinkling it on top, as suggested in the recipe below.

 

 

 

16 oz Large Elbow Macoroni

 

No Calorie Cooking Spray

 

1 package Hot Dogs, sliced (for a healthier version choose Turkey Dogs)

 

1 tablespoon Reduced Fat Butter

 

1 small White Onion, diced

 

2 tbsp Flour

 

½ cup Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth

 

2 cup Skim Milk

 

Pepper

 

Salt

 

1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

 

2 tbsp Ketchup

 

3 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (for a healthier version choose Reduced Fat or Fat Free)

 

 

Directions:

 

  1. Prepare noodles according to package directions.

  2. While noodles are cooking, spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add hot dogs and brown on both sides. Remove hot dogs with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate.

  3. Spray skillet with a little more cooking spray. Add butter. When butter melts, cook onion for 5 minutes, then add flour and cook another minute.

  4. Add chicken broth and cook of completely. Stir in milk and bring to a boil. Then season with salt and pepper and stir in mustard and ketchup.

  5. Lower heat and add 2 cups of the cheese, stirring in until melted.

  6. Combine pasta and hot dogs with sauce and pour into a large casserole dish. Top with remaining chese.

  7. Melt and brown cheese under broiler for 3-5 minutes. Serve!

 

Serves 6-8

**Adapted from Rachael Ray**

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