Sunday, August 25, 2013

Easy Tuna Mac n' Cheese

I don't know about y'all .... but sometimes, I need quick meals. It's really not optional. Saying that our life is busy, is an understatement. I'm sure many of y'all have a similar sort of "chaos" at your house! :) I personally don't think there's anything wrong with taking shortcuts every now and then- and this Easy Tuna Mac n' Cheese is one of those meals that I turn to when time is short.

This dinner idea gets a quick start with the blue box Mac n' Cheese - ya know the stuff that most kids love! Add some canned tuna, peas and a little extra Cheddar cheese and you've got yourself a kid-approved meal. And the best thing?! It uses things you probably already have in your pantry and fridge!

Easy Tuna Mac n' Cheese

When I was a kid, I had an aunt who used to watch my brothers and I. One of the things I remember her making for us, is this dish - probably because of how easy and affordable it is - and the fact that most kids love mac n' cheese! I hope y'all enjoy, too!

Easy Tuna Mac n' Cheese
Printable recipe
Yield: 6-8 servings

2 boxes (7.25 oz. each) Mac and Cheese dinner
1 can (15 oz.) sweet peas, drained
½ cup (1 stick or 8 tbsp.) butter
½ cup milk
1 cup (4 oz.) Cheddar cheese, shredded
2-3 cans (5 oz. each) tuna in water, drained

Remove the cheese powder packets from the macaroni and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles and stir. Cook the noodles for 7-9 minutes. Add the peas during the last 2 minutes that the pasta cooks. Drain. Return the pasta and peas to the pan and add the butter, milk, cheese powder, Cheddar and tuna. Stir well. Serve!

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