Mac'n'Cheese Soup

So, a little while ago, in one of my Taste of Home recipe books, I stumbled across this recipe that looked like one my kids would LOVE.  Honestly, I've been a little under the weather and have been adjusting to being so busy all day with running kids all over creation that I haven't really cooked a meal.  I mean I've done sandwiches or scrambled eggs for dinner or picked up food, but not really cooked a meal, and I was really missing a nice big home cooked meal.

Mac'n'Cheese Soup

1 pkg (14 oz) deluxe macaroni and cheese dinner mix
9 cups of water, divided
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
2 tbsp finely chopped onion
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup chopped fully cooked ham or bacon (I used bacon)

Set aside the cheese sauce packet from the macaroni and cheese mix.  In a large sauce pan, bring 8 cups of water to a boil.  Add the macaroni; cook for 8-10 minutes or until tender.

In another large sauce pan, bring the remaining water to a boil.  Add the broccoli and onion; cook, uncovered, for 3 minutes.  Stir in the soup, milk, ham or bacon, and the contents of the cheese sauce packet; heat through.  Continue to stir so the bottom doesn't burn and the cheese mixes in. Drain the macaroni and stir into the soup.

This makes about 8 delicious servings.

The only thing I might change about this recipe in the future would be to add more broccoli or maybe some more veggies.  My kids love broccoli and anyway I can get them to eat veggies, I will. Even if they are in a cheese based soup.


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