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Macaroni and Cheese



Children love macaroni and cheese.  Parents love it because it is quick and easy to make from a box, and is thrift friendly.  If one box does not feed your family, depending on how many people you are feeding, it may be more frugal to stretch the box rather than using two of them.


To make one box go further, just add some plain macaroni to the mix. Use a little more butter, and a little more milk when you mix the cooked macaroni with the packaged cheese.  To add more cheese flavor, you can add some more powdered cheese if you have that in your pantry, or you can just add a slice of longhorn cheese, some shredded cheese, or just cut a small slice off a block of cheese.


It doesn't take much time to extend the servings of one box of macaroni.  Not only do you save money, but with the addition of a little fresh cheese you can even improve the flavor.


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Frugal footnotes:

Here are a couple frugal homemade macaroni and cheese recipes.


Slow Cooker  Macaroni and Cheese


8 ounces cooked macaroni, drained
1 can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups milk
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Lightly grease your slow cooker with shortening.  Mix all the ingredients, reserving 1/2 cup cheese for the top.

Cook on low for approx 3 hours. Add the rest of the cheese and cook until cheese melts.


Easy Macaroni and Cheese


1 package macaroni (16 ounces)
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp margarine


Cook and drain macaroni.  In a small bowl, mix the milk, eggs, salt and pepper.

Put in a casserole dish, layering with the cheddar cheese.  Top with cheese.  Cut margarine into small pieces and layer on top of the cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until casserole is hot and cheese is bubbly.







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