Cheese-less Mac & Cheese

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Tonight’s menu called for ham, green beans and mac & cheese.  This is one of my go-to quick and simple dinners everyone eats without complaint.  Well, tonight as I was making the mac & cheese and I got to the “add cheese” step of my recipe I remembered I never actually went to the store today and therefore didn’t have the cheese.  Ugh!  Well, I was too far into the recipe to make something new and needed to come up with something that would still be close to the mac & cheese my kids were expecting.  Well, I think I just came up with a new and improved easier version of my recipe!!  Everyone gobbled up what was on their plate AND we almost cleaned the pot!

The Secret Ingredient: Orange Food Coloring!

You can view my normal recipe for Mac & Cheese HERE.  It’s a super simple, quick and cheap recipe.  Basically, you cook the pasta in milk and butter with a little salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Then when the noodles are done you add your cheese.  Tonight, since I had no cheese, what did I do?  I just added orange food coloring until it looked right!!!  The cheese-less mac & cheese is still very creamy since the milk and butter cook down into an alfredo-like sauce.  NO ONE in my family even noticed it wasn’t my usual recipe!!! In fact- I think they ate even more of it than usual!!!

Want a bonus recipe? HERE is my recipe for Hidden Squash Mac & Cheese!

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