Grandma’s Tomato Mac & Cheese

You guys – it’s cold here. Like, really cold. This morning it’s 4 degrees outside, and for you Americans that’s 39!!! IT’S COLD! I went outside to get something and I could see my breath, I’m not even kidding.

My four year old is home sick for the SECOND day since school started two weeks ago, and we are wrapped in blankets watching “Wreck it Ralph”. I mean really, what else is there to do?

When my kids are sick I go into mama overdrive. I feel like of all the reasons I’m a stay at home mom, the big one is so that I can snuggle and love and smother them when they’re sick. And when my kids are sick, it always conjures up some pretty special memories of my childhood. You see, when I was little and got sick my mom still had to go to work (she was a teacher), so I would be dropped off at the farm with my grandparents.

Ahhhhh, the farm. My grandparents home out in the country was a pretty great place to be when you weren’t feeling well. Grandma would make a bed for you on the couch and make sure that cartoons were on all day. As a former nurse, she was the perfect person to spend the day with, and one of my FAVOURITE things about sick days at the farm was her tomato macaroni and cheese.

I’m pretty sure that it was a staple in more than one home back in the day… it’s deeeeeeelicious and definitely some serious soul food. I haven’t had it in probably 25 years, but last night when the kids were asking for Kraft Dinner, I was suddenly struck with a NEED to make it. So, I rounded up what I needed and went to town.

It was a good decision.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

– 2 boxes of Kraft Dinner
– 1/2 cup of crushed Ritz crackers (I put them in a zip lock bag and crush them with a rolling pin)
– 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
– 1 can of condensed tomato soup
– 1 cup of milk (in addition to Kraft Dinner ingredients)
– 2 tbsp of butter or margarine (in addition to Kraft Dinner ingredients)

Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare the Kraft Dinner as per box instructions.
Once prepared, pour KD into a casserole dish and mix in the soup and the cup of milk.

To prepare the topping, melt the butter in a microwave safe dish and combine it well with the parmesan cheese and ground crackers.
Sprinkle it over the top of the macaroni, and bake for 20 minutes.
Switch to broil for an additional five minutes or until topping is golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes before serving – ENJOY!

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This dish is SO GOOD, and if it doesn’t remind you of being a kid I don’t know what will!
Hope everyone has a great weekend, and if you try this recipe out please be sure to let me know how it was in the comments!
xoMB

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