Stephen Special
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This sounds really good, and is a modified recipe based on making the mac & cheese from scratch instead of boxed. This seems like a long winded recipe, just read through it, it is not that bad, the homemade part takes a bit more but the results will be much better. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Stephen Special
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This sounds really good, and is a modified recipe based on making the mac & cheese from scratch instead of boxed. This seems like a long winded recipe, just read through it, it is not that bad, the homemade part takes a bit more but the results will be much better. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Pasta
For the Remaining Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling then cook the pasta until just tender, drain and set aside.
  2. While the water is heating for the pasta and for the pasta to cook, go ahead and heat a large non stick pan then add the bell peppers, onion, and ground beef, when the beef is good and browned, drain, then mix in the taco seasoning and add the drained tuna and mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are wilted and softened. Remove from heat and mix into the drained pasta, set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, warm the milk until it is simmering then set it aside.
  4. In a large heavy-bottomed stock pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until it turns light brown in color and has a slightly toasted aroma, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the dry mustard.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat then slowly whisk the warm milk into the flour mixture. Continue whisking constantly to avoid any lumps. (The mixture will become very thick and then thin out gradually until it is smooth.)
  6. Return the pot to the stove over medium-high heat and cook the mixture while whisking constantly until it has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste and reduce the heat to medium. Whisk in the Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses until they are melted and the cheese sauce is smooth.
  7. Add the pasta mixture to the cheese sauce and stir to mix together and heat to warm everything through, serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this after I make it, but for now will say low cost.

Shortcuts: Fresh Tuna, Taco Seasoning Mix.

Provided by Stephen Story and the original recipe is here.

Creamy French Onion Mac & Cheese
Creamy French Onion Mac & Cheese
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This sounds really good and no canned soup needed, which is always a bonus. On my to cook list. If you cannot find Gruyere cheese, just go with a mild Gouda or additional Swiss cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
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This sounds really good and no canned soup needed, which is always a bonus. On my to cook list. If you cannot find Gruyere cheese, just go with a mild Gouda or additional Swiss cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F). Lightly butter a 8x8 baking dish.
  2. In a large non stick pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter on medium low heat. When melted and hot, add the onion and a pinch of salt as desired. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally until golden brown and reduced in volume, about 30 to 40 minutes. When cooked, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. While the onion is cooking, heat a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, drain then set aside.
  4. Same pot used for the pasta, add the 4 tablespoons of butter and heat over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk constantly for 1-2 minutes until golden brown and smooth, then slowly pour in the milk, also whisking constantly until smooth, about 5 minutes. Now slowly pour in the evaporated milk, and you guessed it, whisking constantly until thickened.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and add the cheeses to the pot, reserve 2 tablespoons of Parmesan for later use, whisk until the cheese is melted into the sauce. Whisk in the nutmeg, mustard, and season to taste with salt and pepper as desired.
  6. To the pot, stir in the pasta and the onion and mix to coat well. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle the reserved Parmesan on the top.
  7. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  8. Cool for 3 to 5 minutes, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get some Swiss and Gouda cheese, Gruyere would be a long shot where I live. I will say Low cost for now.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Sausage & Peppers Macaroni
Sausage & Peppers Macaroni
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Sounds great, Peppers and Sausage, great meal, add macaroni and cheese, even better. This recipe screams of a shortcut to make the sausage and tomato sauce, both are so easy. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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Sounds great, Peppers and Sausage, great meal, add macaroni and cheese, even better. This recipe screams of a shortcut to make the sausage and tomato sauce, both are so easy. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the sausage, then add in the onion, garlic, and bell pepper until that is soft.
  2. Add in the pasta and mix until coated, then add in the pasta, pasta sauce, and chicken stock. Simmer until the pasta is just tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, then stir in the cream and Mozzarella and mix until the cheese is melted in.
  3. Garnish with the fresh chopped parsley and serve.
Recipe Notes

For the pork, and making the sausage from the shortcut, this is about 55 Baht/500 grams. The cheese will cost about 80 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.00 per serving. Cutting it close on best value, but sounds like a good dish as well.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Bleu Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheese
Bleu Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheese
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Bacon and Bleu cheese, and mac, I think we have a winner here! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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Bacon and Bleu cheese, and mac, I think we have a winner here! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, egg, salt, pepper, and cayenne until combined then set aside.
  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until just tender, drain, and return to pot and add the butter and reduce the temp to low, toss the pasta until the butter is melted. Pour in the milk mixture and stir until well mixed. Raise the heat to medium, stirring occasionally for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the sauce comes to a simmer.
  3. Remove the pot from heat and stir in both cheeses until melted and mixed in, then stir in the bacon.
  4. Serve, garnish additional bacon and Bleu cheese if desired.
Recipe Notes

Bacon would cost about 150 Baht, the Bleu cheese about 150 Baht, and the Cheddar about 90 Baht. For 3 servings, this is about $3.82 per serving, not a cheap meal but sounds really good for a once in a while treat.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Crab Mac & Cheese
Crab Mac & Cheese
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This sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Crab Mac & Cheese
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This sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until just tender, drain well and return to the pot.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until fragrant and softened, about 3 minutes. Add flour and whisk until combined and golden brown, about 1 minute. Add milk and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Simmer 2 minutes, until sauce is thickened and smooth.
  3. Stir in 1/2 of the white cheddar and mozzarella until melted then remove from heat.
  4. Add the sauce and crab meat to the pot with cooked pasta and stir until completely combined. Pour into a large baking dish, sprinkle with the remaining Cheddar and parsley and bake until bubbly, about 20 minutes.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I get a price on 500 grams of lump crab meat. I will say fair cost for now.

Variant: I will play around with this also using imitation crab which would be a cost saver as well.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pizza Mac & Cheese
Pizza Mac & Cheese
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Mac & Cheese, always a classic, and this version sounds really good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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Mac & Cheese, always a classic, and this version sounds really good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C. Bring to a boil a large pot of salted water, add the pasta and cook until just tender, drain.
  2. Add butter to the same pot and melt over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Sprinkle with flour and cook until golden brown, about a minute more. Add milk and bring to a simmer. Let thicken then add 1 cup mozzarella, the Gouda, and Parmesan and stir until melted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the macaroni and stir until completely coated, then stir in the chopped pepperoni, 1/2 cup pizza sauce, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer to a baking dish and spoon remaining pizza sauce on top. Top with remaining mozzarella and pepperoni slices. Bake until cheese is melted and golden brown and the pepperoni crispy, about 15 minutes.
  5. Garnish with basil and Parmesan and serve.
Recipe Notes

Only thing that is expensive is the cheese. Figure about 120 Baht for the Mozzarella, 90 Baht for the Gouda, and 90 Baht for the Parmesan. For 6 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving.

Shortcut: Pasta Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese
Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese
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I like a good Mac & Cheese, and this seems spot on with that, on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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I like a good Mac & Cheese, and this seems spot on with that, on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a pot of boiling water, cook the pasta to the package directions. Drain and return to the pot.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet over medium heat, brown beef, breaking up meat with a spatula, and season with salt and pepper to your liking, then drain fat. Add garlic and onions and cook until softened, 2 minutes, then add brown sugar, tomatoes, Worcestershire, and chili powder, and simmer for about 10 minutes, reduce heat to low.
  3. Drain pasta one more time, and add to skillet over low heat. Stir in parsley and half the cheese, then quickly toss together to evenly coat pasta. Top with remaining mozzarella and cover with lid to melt cheese.
  4. Serve, garnish with fresh parsley if desired and have garlic bread on the side.
Recipe Notes

The beef would cost about 100 Baht/500 grams. The cheese, figure about 120 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.62 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Mashed Potato Mac & Cheese
Mashed Potato Mac & Cheese
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Sounds good! Not a cheap meal just based on the bacon and cheese used. I look forward to making this!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Mashed Potato Mac & Cheese
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Sounds good! Not a cheap meal just based on the bacon and cheese used. I look forward to making this!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C and bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta in the boiling water until just tender, drain and stir in the butter to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Cook and crumble the bacon.
  2. Reheat mashed potatoes in your microwave or on the stove top. If potatoes are dry, add a little milk. Transfer to a large bowl for mixing. Fold in the Parmesan cheese, bacon, and 1 cup of Cheddar cheese and stir to combine.
  3. Gently fold in noodles until just incorporated then pour mixture into a greased 9x9 baking dish and top with remaining Cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese topping is bubbling and golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with green onions.
Recipe Notes

The bacon and cheese would be the only thing expensive here. Figure maybe two 200 gram packs for 260 Baht, and for the Cheddar cheese, 1 block of 250 grams is 180 Baht, and the Parmesan about 200 Baht. For 6 servings, this is about $3.14 per serving, costly for a leftover meal but does sound good for a once in a while dish.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mac & Cheese
Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mac & Cheese
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Sounds really good! Since 3 types of cheese is used, this is not a low cost dish.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mac & Cheese
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Sounds really good! Since 3 types of cheese is used, this is not a low cost dish.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 500 grams dry pasta macaroni, spirals, any bite size pasta will work
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For the Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling water until just tender, drain and rinse with cold water, set aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to 190 C.
  3. In a large oven proof pan melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat, then add in the panko bread crumbs and stir to coat and cook until golden brown, transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the corn starch and 1/2 cup of the milk, whisk until lump free, set aside.
  5. Using the same pan you made the bread crumbs in, melt the 1/4 cup of butter on medium and add the garlic and cook for about 1-2 minutes, whisk in the flour and whisk continuously, and cook for about 2 minutes then reduce heat to low and whisk in 4 cups of the milk, about 1/2 cup at a time. Bring this to a boil until beginning to thicken. Add the corn starch mixture and stir into the sauce to thicken it completely, season with salt and pepper to your taste and then stir in the chicken stock powder.
  6. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the Cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, and the Mozzarella cheese. Stir until all the cheese is melted into the sauce, then add the pasta and mix until completely coated with the sauce. At this point if you are using an oven safe pan, top with the panko bread crumbs and the remaining Parmesan cheese and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until bubbly. If you do not have a oven safe pan, spread the mac and cheese into a baking dish, then top with the panko bread crumbs and the remaining Parmesan cheese and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until bubbly.
  7. Cool for 5 minutes and serve.
Recipe Notes

Cheddar cheese would cost about 70 Baht for just under half a 250 gram block, Parmesan would run about 150 Baht, and Mozzarella about 70 Baht for half a block of 200 grams. For 6 servings, this is about $1.42 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Southern Baked Mac and Cheese
Southern Baked Mac and Cheese
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I am not sure what makes this a "Southern" dish, but it sounds really good. I love a good Mac & Cheese. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Southern Baked Mac and Cheese
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I am not sure what makes this a "Southern" dish, but it sounds really good. I love a good Mac & Cheese. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  2. Place cooked and drain macaroni in a large bowl, add 3 cups of the Cheddar cheese, milk, eggs, butter, and cream cheese. Add salt and pepper to your liking. Mix until all combined. Pour into the baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of Cheddar on over the top.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown on the top. Serve as a side or as a main dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost meal for sure, well under $1.00 per serving.

For variants, ad one of the following, cooked cubed ham, cooked sliced smoked sausage, cooked cubed chicken. Even with these, still under $1.00 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.