Vegetable mac and cheese flies in the face of convention

Welcome to What’s In The House? in which Stephanie takes a look around at her dwindling kitchen supply and forces dinner to reveal itself.

We’ve already learned that pasta is a great way to Hoover up odds and ends in the fridge and leave behind minimal food waste. Now it’s time to apply those learnings to another ubiquitous variety of pasta: boxed macaroni, complete with its blaze-orange packet of cheese powder. While many Kraft enthusiasts insist that this product is perfect just the way it is, it’s undeniable that adding some red peppers, mushrooms, and steamed broccoli to the mix will transform your humble meal into something much more colorful and nutritious, with a variety of textures to bite into. But it’ll also show you just how many vegetables pair well with cheese sauce, and that’s knowledge that’ll serve you well for a lifetime.


For further intel on how to jazz up macaroni and cheese, head here.

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So - this happened last week. I was at Dollar General (which is a few blocks from our home in an upper middle class neighborhood, and the Dollar General used to be a Starbucks!?! and I don’t know what happened but I don’t care because I don’t drink coffee). I was buying cheap beer, trash bags and tampons - which is a bangin Friday Night in my house. I also saw a box of Ranch and Bacon *imitation bacon* Suddenly Salad and remembered I used to make it many many many years ago.

Well, I made that and put it in the fridge. I discovered my husband hoovering the entire bowl. He said it was the best pasta salad I’d ever made. Do you know how many bowls of from-scratch pasta salad I’ve made in the last 35 years? It’s disheartening. But it was really good.

Also saw something I never thought I’d see: our Dollar General is now carrying Dave’s Killer Bread, a Portland niche brand before it went nationwide and, interestingly, Dave had an incident a few years back that got him arrested again. Previously, the healthiest bread in the Dollar General was Bunny Bread.