This dish is quickly becoming a favorite in our house, so what better way to start a blog? This, of course, is not historical in anyway, nor is it a bad idea, but it is oh so delicious. The Kiddo and Amon cooked this up tonight as a teaching experience.
I would say that one of these days we should write down the recipe since we like it so much, but there isn’t much of anything to write down. This is one of our ‘throw stuff in a pot’ type meals. Now that I think about it, I’m not sure just how we are teaching the kiddo to cook this way, but it seems to be working. The few notes I have about this meal can be found below.
The Kiddo took care of the noodles and learned how to drain a pot of noodles without a strainer. We had two strainers available, but Amon felt the Kid should know how to do it with a plate. I remember cursing and trying to figure it out as a young adult on my own with a pot of noodles on the stove and no strainer in the house. How did I end up with no strainer? By not having kitchen skills when I moved out of the house and forgetting things in my divorce. The Kiddo is much further along in the kitchen than I was at his age.
… And the Kiddo has now heard multiple stories about how things were when I was a kid and how much better things are now. I’m old…
This is a quick and simple meal since most of the ingredients were bought ready made. We used a jar of cheese sauce but you can certainly substitute a homemade sauce just as easily. We also used chicken we had canned previously and store bought buffalo sauce.
This makes enough to serve three plus leftovers for three lunches the next day.
1 lb elbow macaroni
1 jar cheese sauce
2 pint jars of home canned chicken
Buffalo sauce to taste – We used about 3 or 4 ounces
Seasoning to taste – garlic powder and salt.
Ranch dressing – if you like that sort of stuff. Amon adds it, the rest of us don’t.
The chicken was mashed up and then cooked in a skillet with the buffalo sauce on high until the liquid was gone. Amon likes his chicken a little crispy.
After the noodles were cooked according to the directions, the cheese sauce, chicken, and seasoning were thrown into the pot and cooked until it was warm and yummy. Serve with carrots and celery. Add ranch to your own personal bowl, you know, if you like that sort of thing.