Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
When my twins were two years old I was working evenings. They loved pasta and cheese and it was easy for my hubby to fix. But by itself it is not too healthy. I devised a series of recipes based on a box (or two) of Shells and Cheese and various cans of food. The shells and cheese called for in these recipes are the kind with the cheese sauce, not the powder kind. Remember this is a mac and cheese dish not real paella made with rice and without cheese.
- 2 (12 ounce) boxes macaroni shells and cheese
- bay leaf (optional)
- 1 (12 ounce) can chicken
- 1 (7 ounce) can shrimp
- 1 (4 ounce) can baby clams (optioinal)
- 1 (15 ounce) can lima beans or 1 (15 ounce) can peas
- 1 (4 ounce) can pimientos, cut in large strips
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomatoes with onion and garlic
- Prepare noodles as directed, adding bay leaf to cooking water. Do not add cheese yet. While noodles are cooking open cans and place in bottom of colander.
- Dump noodles on top of other ingredients in colander. By dumping the hot water on top of the other ingredients it heats those ingredients up. Do not rinse.
- Dump all back in noodle pan and add cheese sauce mixing well. Serve immediately.