Pantry Thanksgiving Dinner Shells and Cheese

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Recipe by Nyteglori

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. In this recipe you can also use your Thanksgiving leftovers instead of the canned turkey.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (12 ounce) boxes macaroni shells and cheese
  • 1 (12 ounce) can turkey (if using Spam turkey you will need to chop it up)
  • 12 teaspoon poultry seasoning (or more to taste)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can green beans
  • French-fried onions


  1. Prepare noodles as directed but do not add cheese yet. While noodles are cooking open cans and prepare turkey by chopping if needed. Layer turkey and green beans in bottom of colander. .
  2. Dump noodles on top of ingredients in colander. By dumping the hot water on top it heats them up. Do not rinse.
  3. Mix in cheese sauce and serve topped with French fried onions.

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