Like most families with toddlers, we eat macaroni and cheese. Frequently. Unlike most families, we always have leftovers.
HOS (I haven’t given him a post-marital name. Did I mention we are officially married?!) doesn’t eat the stuff. Me? Without reliving some lonely nights in bed with a pan of mac & cheese with corn and hot dogs mixed in, we’ll just say I try not to eat much of it these days.
We also eat Annie’s Homegrown macaroni. We are big fans, especially Bernie’s Farm, but the pasta always seems dry and not cheesy enough. This is probably becaus it’s healthier!
In an effort to cut down on bowls of old, dry macaroni and cheese lurking in the back of my fridge, and in an effort to increase the cheesy factor, we made a slight adjustment. I pour one cup of uncooked noodles into a ziploc bag and set aside. I cook the remaining noodles as directed. Voila!
We eat all of the mac & cheese, and it was extra cheesy!
But what about the extra noodles?
Make another kid favorite, of course! I threw together a batch of homemade crockpot chicken & noodles with Bernie’s Farm noodles. 🙂
Below is my recipe for the quick, “farm” chicken noodle soup.
Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup (with excess macaroni noodles)
Left over dry macaroni
1 frozen chicken breast
2-3 whole carrots
1/2 small yellow onion
2-3 ribs celery
4 Cups vegetable broth
1 Tsp black pepper
1 Tbs garlic powder
1 Bay leaf
1. Pour the vegetable broth into the crockpot and add the frozen boneless chicken breast.
2. Chop the onion, carrots and celery so there are about 1/2 inch thick. If using spinach, chop and place in fridge. Add onions, carrots and celery to the crockpot.
3. Add the herbs and spices.
4. Cook on low for 4.5 hours.
5. After 4 hours, remove the chicken breast. Shred the chicken breast and return to the crockpot.
6. Pour in the farm macaroni. Add optional spinach. Stir.
7. Let cook the remaining 30 minutes. Check to make sure the noodles are tender.
I recommend some fresh rolls or biscuits as a side. Empty calories aside, you can’t go wrong with carbs. Right?