Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
When our boys were young, a very long time ago, I would let them choose a meal whenever my husband and I were going out for dinner. Their all time favourite was Kraft mac and cheese. This is the stay at home, family supper version.
- 1 lb frozen cooked italian meatballs
- 2 (7 1/4 ounce) boxes macaroni & cheese dinner mix (I use Kraft)
- 1 1⁄2-2 cups milk
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 2 -3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Place meatballs on a foil lined baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes or according to package directions.
- Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain.
- Add milk, cheese sauce packets and sour cream, stir to combine.
- Place meatballs in the bottom of an oven proof casserole, top with macaroni, cover with tomato slices sprinkled with parmesan.
- Bake uncovered 25-30 minutes.
I followed the recipe exactly except I couldn't find Frozen italian meatballs so I used Turkey Meatballs instead. Maybe the Italian spices would have added something to the macaroni and cheese, otherwise, this dish was a little bland. The few tomato slices we had on top really helped it, so maybe next time I will add a can of diced tomatoes. It is a very good recipe, I just think it needs to be tweaked to my family's tastes. Thanks for the recipe Lorac!
Since my and most other kids love Kraft mac & cheese, this is a great way to make a meal out of it. The meatballs are on the bottom and the tomatoes are on the top. Nothing runs into the noodles too much, so nothing changes the look of their macaroni and cheese.... that's very important to kids. ;) I loved that parmesan tomato topping. The kids gobbled this up. Thanx for a great new way to make the blue box stuff!
My daughter certainly thanks you for posting this recipe. Like all your recipes, this one has a "home-cooked" comfort food taste, even though it uses the nuclear orange mac & cheese. It was very easy to put together, and very cost effective (I used homemade meatballs). DH liked the way the tomatoes came out, and I just thought it tasted good. This will certainly go on rotation as a kid-friendly dinner. :)