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Last Minute Meal

For this week’s Works For Me Wednesday, Shannon has asked everyone to stick to a theme. She describes it this way:

It’s 5:15 pm, the kids are hungry, you have a headache, hubby is almost home, and the pantry has three things in it. What is your BEST last-minute meal recipe? Share with everybody this week. We’ll call it Works-For-Me Wednesday: The What-Do-I-Fix? Edition.

One of the standard dinners I fall back on when I am out of time, out of ingredients, or just plain out of ideas is what we call “Macaroni Spaghetti”. It is super simple and has only 3 ingredients that we almost always have on hand.

1 Box Mac and Cheese
1 jar of Spaghetti Sauce
1 lb. cooked ground beef

Make the Mac and Cheese as directed, add in the spaghetti sauce and ground beef. Simmer for a few minutes to heat through and let the flavors combine.

Sprinkle a little shredded cheddar on each serving if you like. We toast bread under the broiler that we have spread with butter, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, and cut into squares. Add a Honeymooners Salad (lettuce alone – Get it?) to the table and WAH-LAH! Dinner is served!

That’s what works for me when I need a last minute meal. Check out some more great ideas at Rocks in my Dryer.

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  1. Phyllis Sommer says:

    i haven’t ever done it with spaghetti sauce but i’ve added a couple cups of salsa to the mac and cheese…i’ll have to try the italian tomato instead of the mexican one! thanks:-)

  2. Oh, that sounds like a good one! Yummy!

  3. Wow. That sounds interesting. I think I have all of that stuff…I may make it for dinner tomorrow!

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  4. Mommy Cracked says:

    Glad to see the little one is hanging in there longer, although I know you must be getting anxious.

    OK, so I love mac and cheese AND spaghetti. I can’t wait to try this. I bet my little guy will love it, too!

  5. That is a nice easy recipe and I’m sure can be frozen easily too! I’m very lazy so I like to make double and freeze!

  6. Melissa Markham says:

    What a neat meal idea! But how did you get bread and salad too? I feel like such a bozo, I couldn’t think of anything to make with just three ingredients that would be balanced! LOL!

  7. Myfriendconnie@SmockityFrocks says:

    Thank you for the well wishes, Mommy Cracked. I am definitely ready to walk without waddling!

    Melissa, I should have added “if you have it” about the bread and salad. Sometimes we don’t have any on hand.

  8. Jeni Allen says:

    Interesting! I haven’t tried it with spaghetti sauce. I grew up eating it with tomato soup mixed in – fix two boxes like directions say, stir in one can of condensed tomato soup. My husband thinks that’s weird, but it’s comfort food to me!

  9. genius! pure genius!

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