Mexican Macaroni & Cheese and Weekly Menu Plan

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! We are starting to get back on track with the start of the school year, and having some Make Ahead Meals makes after school activities and dinner time so much easier. My boys are huge Mac & Cheese fans, as I’m pretty sure your family is as well. And this Mexican Macaroni & Cheese was no exception!

The recipe was easy to put together, taking less than 30 minutes. With simple ingredients you can have this dish ready for the oven in no time. The Mexican flavors are familiar ones that will have the family gobbling this up.

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Mexican Macaroni & Cheese
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A favorite Mac & Cheese gets a little kick. Recipe from Original recipe from Make & Take Cookbook
Serves: 12 servings
  • 1 box Mostacolli or Rigatoni Pasta
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 jar {16 oz} mild salsa
  • 2 packages {8 oz} or 1 {16 oz}shredded cheese, Monterey Jack or your favorite Mexican blend
  • Tomato wedges, sliced jalapeno peppers and chopped fresh cilantro {garnish, optional}
  • Salsa {served on the side, optional}
  1. Lightly spray a 13x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage and onion until meat is browned and onion is tender
  4. Stir in salsa
  5. In the prepared baking dish, layer half of the cooked pasta, half of the sausage mixture and half of the cheese. Repeat layers.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, bake uncovered for about 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.
  7. Let stand 10 minutes, then garnish and serve
To freeze: tightly wrap in plastic and then in foil. Thaw in fridge overnight or for several hours on the counter before cooking.
Note: some cooks say that freezing dishes with onions in it is not a good idea, I personally have never had a problem with them. But if you are concerned, you can leave the onions out.

Weekly Menu Plan

Monday –  Sweet BBQ Chicken KabobsFried Green Beans and Rice

Tuesday –  Roasted Chicken, Baked Potatoes and Salad

Wednesday –  Sloppy Joes and Oven Fries

Thursday – Mexican Macaroni & Cheese

Friday –  Cheesy Chicken Burritos and Homemade Salsa

Saturday –  Goulash, Salad and Bread

Sunday –   Homemade Pizza Rolls and chips

Dessert for the Week – Muddy Buddy Cookies

What’s on your menu this week?

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  1. Okay, I am so trying this recipe in the next few weeks. We love mexican, and we love mac n’ cheese. This recipe seems perfect!
    Making Our Life Matter recently posted..Simple Woman’s Daybook~August 20thMy Profile

  2. Your Mexican Mac & cheese looks really good….will have to try it out in my kitchen :)
    Grisel @ Living Life 2 Its Fullest recently posted..Menu Plan Monday~8/20/12My Profile

  3. I had to pin that Mexican Mac & Cheese, it looks awesome!! The Muddy Buddy cookies sound yummy, too. Great menu this week!
    Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom recently posted..Menu Plan Monday 8/20My Profile

  4. Definitely trying the Mexican pasta, but I’m throwing it in the crock pot. We’ll see how that goes! :) Happy MPM! ~~Rhonda
    ~~Rhonda recently plan monday ~ august 20, 2012My Profile

  5. YUM! Oh Liz, that looks amazing!
    Rachel – A Southern Fairytale recently posted..Garlic Cheese Bread with Fresh RosemaryMy Profile

  6. This looks sooo good!! Will definitely be making :)
    Kim B. recently posted..Clean Up On Aisle 7My Profile

  7. I think I will try this with ground beef!


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