Halloween Party Perfect: Easy Cheesy Southwest Mac & Cheese

Easy Cheesy Southwest Mac & Cheese Recipe

Like most parents, I am usually short on time. Having said that, I do cook most nights of the week, but I also take shortcuts here and there. One product perfect for busy nights is Stouffer’s Macaroni & Cheese. It’s made with 100% real cheddar cheese, plus there aren’t any preservatives, so it‘s really close to homemade.

I do like to customize my mac & cheese though, or shall I say my kids like to customize it. We spoon a third of the mac & cheese into three separate bowls, this way my kids can each customize how they wish. And by customize I mean adding different ingredients to each bowl, like steamed veggies, diced ham, roasted peppers or chopped Butterfinger for Halloween (kidding about the Butterfinger!).

This is also perfect for a Halloween party. Since individual ramekins are used, you can have a few with one combination, a few with another…you get the picture. And depending on the age of your guests, you can get really creative by decorating the ramekins with veggie ears, nose and mouth to form a spooky cat or silly monster! Or, how about slightly separating the mac & cheese down the center to look like a brain?

In this recipe, I am taking advantage of a rotisserie chicken, diced green chiles and seasoned bread crumbs. Four ingredients – can’t beat that.

Easy Cheesy Southwest Mac & Cheese Recipe

And it’s ready in three simple steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Prepare mac & cheese according to microwave package directions, cooking a total of 10 minutes (it will not be completely warm).
  2. Spoon mac & cheese into a large bowl (or divide between a few different bowls if you want to add extra mix-ins); stir in shredded chicken and green chiles. Spoon into ten 6-ounce ramekins. Place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.  
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until crumbs are toasted and cheese is bubbly. Makes 10 servings.

 Easy Cheesy Southwest Mac & Cheese Recipe

Another great pasta idea: use prepared Buitoni pasta and sauce, buy some festive bowl and use plastic skeleton hands for serving  (you can find these at party supply stores).

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Other great Halloween entrees:

"Vegged-Out" Pumpkin & Black Bean Soup Recipe
Vegged-Out” Pumpkin & Black Bean Soup
Beef Penne Pasta Casserole Recipe
Beef Penne Pasta Casserole

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