Custom Mac & Cheese

The cool thing about this recipe is that you use whatever you have on hand to make it, which makes it super easy and super convenient! You can add your own twists make it completely your own! Make a different version each week! Great for a quick dinner – and it makes leftovers easy for lunch the next day!

Ingredients (your choice, and you’re not limited to what’s listed!)

  • 1 box of Pasta (Elbow, Bow Tie, Spaghetti, Linguini)
  • 2 cups Cheese (Colby Jack, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack – or a mix of several)
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 2 Tbs. Butter
  • Dashes of Spices (Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Dried Oregano – whatever you like)
  • 1-2 c. of Cooked Meat (Ham, Grilled Chicken, Ground Beef)


  1. Cook and drain the pasta.
  2. Return pasta to pot and stir in cheese, milk and butter on low heat until all cheese is melted and blended.
  3. Add spices and meat and continue to stir for 3 minutes.
  4. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving and indulging!
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Red, White and Blue Crackers


  • ½ cup of yogurt
  • ¼ cup Mascarpone Cheese
  • 2 T honey
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Graham crackers or cracker of choice


  1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Spread layer of white cream on crackers. Top with fruit of choice or for 4th of July top with: strawberries, bananas and blueberries.
  3. Serve immediately. If left sitting, the crackers will become soggy!
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Caprese Salad


  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Purple and green basil


  1. Cube the fresh mozzarella.
  2. Take a toothpick and layer on one tomato, the cheese and then the basil.
  3. Serve immediately or you can refrigerate for a couple of hours.
  4. Serve with a sprinkle of black pepper or drizzle balsamic vinegar over them.
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Red, White and Blue Parfaits


  • 1/3 cup of granola
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of Greek Yogurt or cottage cheese
  • Handful of raspberries, cherries, strawberries, black grapes and blueberries


  1. Layer your mason jar with the granola on the bottom.
  2. Scoop a red fruit and then layer with yogurt or cottage cheese.
  3. Top it off with a blue fruit. Keep chilled until served.


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Dill Dip


  • 1 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup mayo
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1 T fresh chives
  • 1 T dill

Mix all ingredients together and serve chilled. Good with vegetables or crackers!

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