Cozy Curry Shmack N'Cheese
Boxed Product Flip (My OG Method)
This is a classic example of my “kitchen sink” style of cooking. It starts with using what you have, and seeing how you can freak it. The idea for this dish specifically came from combining some leftovers I had to make a quick, but filling meal.
I intentionally wrote this with a lot of leeway for interpretation; while I do list what I use specifically, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE IT YOUR OWN.
Accommodate your dietary needs and restrictions as needed, since the use of dairy/nondairy or GF products doesn’t drastically affect the chemistry of the recipe. It’s mainly about taste and feeling here.
Recipe Yield: About 4 Servings
I simmered chicken breasts, yellow onion, crimini mushrooms, green beans, and red bell pepper in Trader Joe’s Red Thai Curry Sauce the night before.
A Boxed Macaroni and Cheese mix
My go-to GF option is the Rice Pasta and Cheddar from Trader Joe's
Butter or Cooking Oil
¼ Tsp Turmeric
½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
Salt & Pepper to taste
¼ Cup of Cheese, Shredded
(If You Don't like the powdered cheese mix, here's my quickie sauce Recipe)
2 cups shredded cheese
2 Tbsp Butter
1- 1 ½ Cups milk
All you gotta do is heat the milk and butter (on a stovetop) and stir in the cheese bit by bit until it's melted. modify the ratios for your preferred consistency.
Follow the instructions on your boxed macaroni mix to boil the water for your pasta.
Just before your pasta is fully cooked, strain off ¾ of the water and stir in 1-2 Tbsp of butter or oil.
If you’re using a gluten free (particularly rice-based) pasta, stir in 3-4 Tbsp. The pasta should be a bit glossy.
Add the cheese packet from your box mix, and slowly melt in the shredded cheese OR make the Quickie Cheese Sauce in a separate sauce pan.
Then, stir in your left-over curry, cover the pot, and let it simmer on low-medium heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally so that it doesn’t stick to the pan.
If the mix is too thick, gooey or sticky, add a bit more butter or milk (make sure it’s unflavored/unsweetened if it’s non dairy).
If the mix is too runny, let it simmer with the lid off at medium heat to cook out some of the moisture, or add a bit more shredded cheese to thicken it up.
Finish it off by mixing in the spices and serve warm!