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I don't know about you, but I love me some Kraft mac n cheese. Ever since I was a wee Chrislove, I've preferred Kraft to any other kind of mac n cheese, including homemade. That preference continues to this day. Of course, I try not to eat too much of it, since it's so damn bad for me, but every once in a while I like to enjoy a plate of Kraft as a throwback to my childhood.

Well, the other day, I was trying to think of something to eat for dinner. I checked my cupboards and refrigerator. I had a pound of hamburger, but I was at a loss as to what I could do with it. Hamburgers didn't sound good, nor did sloppy joes. So I started Googling what to do with hamburger, when I stumbled upon a recipe for ground beef mac n cheese casserole, made with none other than Kraft mac n cheese. The recipe had me there. So I decided to give it a whirl, and I was quite pleased with the results. Follow me below the fold for a great recipe to use on that box of Kraft mac n cheese in your cupboard you don't quite know what to do with.

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Aside from a box of Kraft mac n cheese (I'd recommend the family size) and a pound of ground beef, you'll need 1/2 cup chopped onion (I used onion powder because I hate onions), 1/2 cup chopped green pepper, a large clove of garlic (I used garlic powder because I hate working with actual garlic), 1/2 tablespoon of chili powder, a teaspoon of seasoning salt, a 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes (undrained), black pepper, and some shredded cheese of your choice (I used cheddar).

First, chop up the green pepper into small pieces.

Sauté the green pepper in a frying pan, in olive oil, until it is nice and tender.

Then, put the ground beef and the green pepper in a pot. Add the onion and garlic (or, if you're like me, the onion and garlic powders).

Cook until the beef is browned, and then drain the liquid.

Stir in the chili powder and seasoning salt.

Meanwhile, you should be boiling the macaroni according to the instructions on the package.

While the macaroni is boiling, stir the undrained diced tomatoes and Kraft cheese packet into the meat mixture.

When the macaroni is done, drain it, add it to the pot, and mix it up.

Then, resist the urge to eat it and pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish (I actually used a cake pan, but the recipe calls for an 9x9 casserole dish).

Finally, sprinkle some cheese on top of it. Because there aren't quite enough calories in it already.

Bake the casserole uncovered at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it's hot and bubbly.

And this is the final product. Yumm-o!

I also decided to fry some green beans in butter to have on the side, since, you know, the meal wasn't quite unhealthy enough.

And what you're left with is a freaking awesome meal. Kraft mac n cheese never tasted so good!

December 26, 2012

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