Mac 'n Cheese in a Jar

Nancy shows how you can make  a meal in a jar for fast meal prep.

... recommend using oxygen absorbers. The shelf life may vary anywhere between 3 months to a year, just keep it out of the light and heat. 

5 Days of Jar Meals Day 2: Kicked Up Mac ‘n Cheese

This Ain’t Your Kid’s Mac ‘n Cheese

kicked up mac
This mac and cheese is for more sophisticated palates. Macaroni and cheese has always been one of my favorite comfort foods, especially the baked kind. The best mac and cheese I ever had, well besides Mom’s of course, was at a steakhouse in Cave Creek, AZ called Cartwright’s. The last thing I expected to find on the menu at this upscale restaurant was macaroni and cheese, but I couldn't resist. It was named a favorite. It came out bubbling in a fun little crock that resembled a mini dutch oven. I couldn't see the pasta underneath the thick layer of crispy golden Monterrey Jack. When I broke through the bubbly goodness, I discovered a party of onions, peppers, and bacon. Yes, bacon. No wonder it’s a favorite! Right? I wish it came in a meal size.
I thought a version of adult style mac and cheese would make a great jar meal for this video series. While it’s no where near Cartwright’s, it still made a tasty meal all by itself. I skipped the bacon in the jar, simply because the Thrive bacon tvp just didn’t cut it for me in this application. The red peppers and green chilies however, added the perfect kick.

Kicked Up Mac ‘n Cheese in a Jar

Layer in a 1 Qt glass jar:kicked up mac jar
  • 1 1/2 cups Thrive Elbow Macaroni
  • 1/2 cup Thrive Instant Milk powder
  • 1/4 cup Thrive Cheese Blend powder
  • 2 Tbsp Thrive Sour Cream powder
  • 2 Tbsp Thrive Bechamel Sauce mix
  • 2 Tbsp Thrive Butter Powder
  • 2 tsp Thrive Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 Tbsp Thrive Salad Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Thrive Salt
  • 1/2 cup Thrive Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Thrive Red Bell Peppers
  • 1/4 cup Thrive Green Chilies
 To make: Boil 3 cups water. Add contents of jar to water. Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes until pasta is tender. Stir often, making sure pasta doesn’t stick to bottom of pot. Enjoy!
Makes 8 1/2 cup servings. $0.70 per serving