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"Three Little Pigs" Macaroni and Cheese

By: Laurie Hudson
Three Little Pigs Macaroni and Cheese
Three Little Pigs Macaroni and Cheese

When my daughter, Sam, was young, her favorite meal was macaroni and cheese. Whether we were at home or in a restaurant, that was the top choice for her. My favorite meat has always been anything pig. So, I decided to create an easy mac and cheese recipe that blended both of our favorites. "Three Little Pigs" Macaroni and Cheese is made with - you guessed it - three types of meat: sausage, ham, and bacon. She gets the cheesy pasta and I get the crispy pork. Results? Two happy girls!

Notes

This recipe was submitted as part of the Swiss Diamond One Pot Wonder Recipe Contest.

 

Serves8

Preparation Time20 min

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) package bacon
  • 1 (8-ounce) package ham steak
  • 1 (8-ounce) package smoked pork sausage
  • 1 (12-ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided use
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 3 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (12-ounce) package shredded Colby-Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Chop all meats and place in a large 5-quart pot. Cook on stovetop over medium heat about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy. Remove meat and drain on paper towels, then set aside. Wipe out pot with additional paper towels.

  2. Fill same pot 3/4 full with water. Heat to boiling. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and macaroni. Boil about 10 minutes or just until pasta is tender. Drain and return pasta to pot. Add butter. Stir gently until butter melts.

  3. In medium bowl, combine evaporated milk, dry mustard, eggs, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix well with a whisk.

  4. Pour milk mixture into pot. Stir well. Heat on medium-low, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes or until hot. Reduce heat to low and add cheese. Stir gently until melted. Stir in reserved meat.

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Can the Three Little Pigs Mac and Cheese be frozen?

Clever mama. To please both their preferences, this mom concocted this "Three Little Pigs" Macaroni and Cheese recipe incorporating three kinds of meat - ham, bacon and sausage. Yummy. I like those processed meats, too. Mac and cheese is everybody's favorite because it's easy to prepare and the taste is popularly acceptable. Happy cooking.

We did not have any ham so used just the sausage and bacon and it was very nice. Despite the smokiness of the sausages and bacon this recipe is, nonetheless, a fairly plain macaroni and cheese dish. I had never used evaporated milk in this kind of dish before and it adds quite a nice flavor. We all enjoyed it but I would probably not make it again.

I could devour a pot of this in a heartbeat. Bacon is one of my favorite add-ins to macaroni and cheese, and including sausage and ham just puts this over the top. I don't think I've used dry mustard in a mac and cheese recipe either, and I'm curious to see how it adds to the overall taste. I'm definitely going to whip up a pot of this soon.

This sounds like a very interesting (and very hearty!) recipe. Im not a big fan of steak or ham so Id either substitute it with something else (whether or not its a meat source) or leave it out altogether which would defeat the purpose of this recipes name. Im also a little unsure about the extra ingredients (mustard, evaporated milk, etc.), but its worth making the recipe once the way its written (as much as possible) and then making adjustments as needed. That said, I do love that this recipe seems easy to make and doesnt take a whole lot of time. Overall, this is a good spin on the simple mac and cheese!

This sounds really interesting. Mustard, huh? I imagine that gives it a little bit of a zing.

Surprisingly not. Dry mustard is an ingredient in many (if not most) mac cheese recipes.

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