Boxed Mac and Cheese with Spam? Really? Are you actually blogging about boxed Mac and Cheese with Spam? Have you lost your mind? Those are the thoughts going through my mind as I type this post.
Okay, originally on the menu was White Cheddar Mac and Cheese with diced ham – from scratch – as in buy the macaroni and make the White Cheddar Sauce from scratch. So what happened? A grocery store that was not stocked. No ham steak to slice and dice, – just the stuff in the cans or the giant, crowd pleasing Christmas Hams. What was up with that? Fine. If I’m using ham in a can, I may as well use Spam. Especially since I had a can sitting in my pantry – save the cost of a canned ham. Oh hell’s bells – if I’m using Spam, I’m not going to fork over my hard-earned money for a block of Irish White Cheddar and all the other cheeses for a Mac and Cheese from scratch. I told Hubby we’d skip the deli cheese counter and just get that boxed stuff.
Hum, Kraft makes a boxed White Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Garlic and Herbs. Wow, I did not know that. Okay, let’s use that – anything’s better than the powdered orange stuff, right?
Mac and Cheese with Spam brought back memories. When times were tough and the grocery money needed to be stretched to the limit like in college or when you were first starting out on your own. Except this time around this take on a budget friendly supper had some real flavor. Now I wouldn’t recommend such an unhealthy bowl full of this nostalgic dish as a regular part of anyone’s diet. But for a quick trip down memory lane it was fun.
Kiddo and Hubby actually went for seconds. I might have to keep a box or two in the pantry for those nights when I’m just not up to cooking or when Kiddo is on his own.
Garlic White Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Diced Spam
2 Boxes Kraft Deluxe White Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Garlic and Herbs
1 Can Spam, diced
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Empty macaroni into boiling water and let cook 10 minutes.
While macaroni is boiling, dice Spam and set aside until ready to use.
When macaroni is cooked through, drain but DO NOT rinse.
Pour a little olive oil into the pot, heat over medium-high heat. Add diced Spam to the pot and fry until just beginning to brown.
Return macaroni to pan, remove from heat. Empty cheese packages over pasta. Sprinkle with garlic-herb packets.
Stir pot well to coat everything in the cheese and blend spices.
Serve and enjoy a trip down memory lane. Great with a big glass of ice-cold milk.