Let’s face it, mac & cheese will forever be that comfort food reminding you of childhood and instantly planting a smile on your face. I know, I know, it’s not the healthiest choice, but remember that 80/20 rule I told you about? We can just go ahead and apply it here 😉
Since it’s approaching the last couple weeks of summer, I have been trying to use up what food I have left in the house. When I opened up the cabinet, a box of mac & cheese was staring me right in the face. Classic college meal. Set it next to some ramen and granola bars and voila! You’ve got the stereotypical college student’s diet plan!
I didn’t want to be completely lame for dinner, so I did my best to fancy it up a little. I have a secret love affair with red sauces. I could dip just about anything into marinara sauce and be a happy camper. So, why not add it to mac and cheese? I couldn’t come up with a reason not to either. Toss in some broccoli and you’ve got a tasty little pasta dish!
What you’ll need: Broccoli, Marinara sauce, and a box of mac and cheese (or homemade if you’re feeling ambitious). I used 2% Milk Cheesy Shells.
Following the instructions on the box, prepare the mac & cheese. Warm up the marinara sauce and fold it into the mac & cheese. Cook the broccoli on the stove (or microwave if you’re a fellow college student!) and chop it up into small pieces. Stir in the broccoli and you’re done!
I guess you could call this “adult” mac & cheese since most kiddos wouldn’t dare add broccoli to their cheesy goodness. You can always stop after adding the marinara and enjoy a side of broccoli, too! It does add a little crunch if you’re funny about textures.
– chat soon, elizabeth x