Meatless Macaroni Monday – Mac N Cheese Boats

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My little family and I celebrated our baby Nicolas’s 3rd birthday last month with plenty of friends and family.  I hosted a “Build Your Own Pizza” Bar and “Build Your Own Sundae” Bar.  It was a big hit.

But I overbought, as always.  Well, I sorta figured each pizza hoagie was considered a “slice” of pizza.  But everyone was content with one, or maybe two, hoagies each.  Hey, now I know how to throw a low budget party, huh!?  I also served the pizza with a huuuuuge tray of Caesar salad and a big bowl of Hot Wings.  Of course, weirdly enough, I forgot to take pictures of the food!

Well all the next week, I made it my mission to create new foods with all my leftover hoagies.  I created these MacNCheese boats, some yummy Ham and Chive Egg Pockets, a big crock pot of heavenly Beefy French Onion Soup, a spooky dish of Graveyard Spaghetti, some delicious Pepperjack and Veggie Philly Sandwiches with Taro Chips for another Meatless Monday, and a wonderful pan of Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Bread Pudding.

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I made these Mac N Cheese boats one afternoon for my boys, on a day when it was just me and them and my creativity.  And what kid doesn’t like macaroni and cheese?  Mine obsess about it.

This is the simple list of ingredients:

3 French bread style hoagie rolls, split lengthwise
2 cups dry elbow macaroni
2 cups bottled Alfredo sauce
2 cups shredded Colby jack cheese, divided
1 tsp basil pesto

 

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All you need to do to have a meal in 30 minutes is…

Preheat broiler oven.  Prepare elbow macaroni according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.
Cut hoagies in half lengthwise and pull out some bread from the center, making small boats. Set removed bread pieces aside.
When macaroni is done, drain well. Stir Alfredo sauce into pasta. Add one cup of the shredded cheese.

 

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Spoon mac n cheese into hoagie boats, diving evenly.
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In a small food processor or with fingers, crumble reserved bread into fine bread crumbs. Whir in teaspoon of pesto.

 

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Sprinkle remaining half cup cheese evenly over tops of hoagie boats.  Sprinkle bread crumb mixture evenly over shredded cheese.

 

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Place mac n cheese boats on large sheet pan and broil 3-4 inches below flame for 3-4 minutes.
Cool slightly and serve with a big green salad.  Serves 6 people.

 

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My broiler is a bit hot, but these slightly blackened boats were easily fixed with the old “scrape the toast” trick.  😉

 

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Oh, and in case you were wondering if my finicky shark enjoyed this meal…
 

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He loved it! They all did.

What is your favorite way to enjoy Macaroni and Cheese?

Mac N Cheese Boats

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 460 calories

Fat 17 g

Carbs 56 g

Protein 20 g

6

Mac N Cheese Boats

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 12

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 3 French bread style hoagie rolls, split lengthwise
  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups bottled Alfredo sauce
  • 2 cups shredded Colby jack cheese, divided
  • 1 tsp basil pesto

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler oven. Prepare elbow macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut hoagies in half lengthwise and pull out some bread from the center, making small boats. Set removed bread pieces aside.
  3. When macaroni is done, drain well. Stir Alfredo sauce into pasta. Add one cup of the shredded cheese.
  4. Spoon mac n cheese into hoagie boats, diving evenly.
  5. In a small food processor or with fingers, crumble reserved bread into fine bread crumbs. Whir in teaspoon of pesto.
  6. Sprinkle remaining half cup cheese evenly over tops of hoagie boats. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture evenly over shredded cheese.
  7. Place mac n cheese boats on large sheet pan and broil 3-4 inches below flame for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Cool slightly before serving.

Notes

Cool slightly and serve with a big green salad. Serves 6 people.

You may also enjoy Simple Chicken Parmesan