Oscar night dinner: Spaghetti Western Mac

Seeing as tonight is the Oscars, I decided to make a movie tribute version of a one-pot family favorite, Western Mac. I got the original recipe in college from the back of a box of macaroni and cheese. I have included both the movie tribute version and the original for your cooking enjoyment.

Spaghetti Western Mac

1/2 lb. Italian sausage
2 boxes mac and cheese (Annie’s Shells & White Cheddar is our favorite)
2-3 tbsp. plain yogurt or sour cream
1 c. spaghetti sauce (more or less to taste)

Brown sausage in 4 qt. pot; set aside in a bowl lined with a paper towel (to absorb excess grease). Fill pot with water and bring to boil; add pasta from box and cook for 8 minutes. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add yogurt/sour cream and stir until pasta is coated; add powdered cheese from package and stir until mixed. Stir in Italian sausage and spaghetti sauce until well mixed, and presto! One-pot Spaghetti Western Mac!

Original Western Mac

1/2 lb hamburger
1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 box Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup canned or frozen corn
1 small (6 oz.) can tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste

Brown hamburger in 2 qt. saucepan; add onion and green pepper and saute until onions are soft. Set aside in a bowl lined with a paper towel (to absorb excess grease). Fill pot with water and prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions. (If using frozen corn, cook it by placing it in the colander and draining the pasta over it.) Stir in corn and meat mixture; add tomato paste and stir until mixed. Season to taste.

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4 responses to “Oscar night dinner: Spaghetti Western Mac

  1. Easy and tasty recipe for a night in front of the TV. Blessings to you, Jennifer…

    • Jennifer Barricklow

      Thanks, Carol! The original recipe is actually more nutritious (more veggies and all) but I was feeling lazy as well as inspired. (How’s that for contradictory?)
      Blessings to you as well!

  2. That does sound tasty, well both of them so. I love Oscar Night. I always get excited.

    • Jennifer Barricklow

      I haven’t actually watched the awards show in years, but I love movies and am always interested in following who gets nominated for what, who wins what, and all the scuttlebutt and politics that go along with it.

      Sadly enough, my family is not very film literate, and the whole Spaghetti Western reference is completely lost on them. Even when I explained it, they just looked at me and nodded cautiously, as one agrees with a person whose mental faculties are suspect. Sigh.

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