Mac and Cheese with Hot Dogs

Serves: 4

Bring back the kid in you by serving creamy mac and cheese with hot dogs. Yum!

Dovetailing Tip: Grill extra hot dogs and slice them up. When making this, grab the hot dogs and add them to the cheese sauce. Heat on low heat until the dogs are warmed.

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1 pound shells pasta
2 tablespoons olive oils, separated
5 large all-beef hot dogs
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 cups 2% milk
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon mustard
2 and 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
2 and 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, separated
optional: shaved Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of water to boil. Follow package directions to cook the shells pasta to al dente. Remove and drain.

Meanwhile, add one tablespoon olive oil and the hot dogs in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the hot dogs for about 4-5 minutes making sure to flip them after 2-3 minutes. Remove from the skillet on to a paper towel. Dab the grease from the hot dogs.

For the cheese sauce, add the remaining tablespoon olive oil with the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add in the flour and whisk until combined. Whisk in the milk and allow the mixture to cook until it starts to bubble. Add in the mustard, ketchup, salt and pepper.

Turn the heat to low and stir in 2 cups of the cheddar cheese until it is completely melted.

Add the pasta and hot dogs to the cheese sauce. Adjust the seasonings to taste preferences.

Top each plate with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.

If desired, top each plate with shaved Parmesan cheese and add a little bit more salt and pepper.

Enjoy immediately.


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