BBQ Mac and Cheese

No matter where we live, I will always get Southern Living magazine. I love southern houses (especially ones with wrap around porches), southern food, southern charm – all of it! Equally, I love macaroni and cheese. It’s a love affair that has developed from the boxed kind to the “fancy” mac and cheese you see everywhere in restaurants.

The September issue of Southern Living (yes, I’m behind!) gave a few recipes for upgrades to your traditional mac and cheese. We did not follow this recipe verbatim but took inspiration and made it our own. Pics from the magazine version of the recipe are at bottom of this post. For some reason I couldn’t find online…must want you to buy the magazine! 🙂

And here is our take on it based on what we had available in our fridge and pantry. So easy, delicious and different!

BBQ Mac and Cheese

BBQ Mac n Cheese

  • 1 pound Ground Beef (we used 85/15)
  • 1 box of Rotini Noodles (we used Healthy Harvest Whole Grain)
  • 1 package of cheddar cheese (we used Sargento Mild Cheddar)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • BBQ style seasoning (we used Savory Spice shop‘s Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning)
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • BBQ Sauce (we used Stubbs)
  1. Start out by browning the ground beef in a large skillet. Sprinkle the seasoning across the top of the beef. Drain and return beef to skillet. (5-8 minutes)
  2. Follow the directions on the package of pasta to boil the pasta past the al dente stage (or to your preference). We made the whole box of pasta. (10 minutes)
  3. Microwave 1/2 cup milk for 20-30 seconds. Pour into skillet with beef and mix together over medium low heat.
  4. Sprinkle cheese liberally across the beef. Mix together.
  5. Add pasta to skillet and mix together. Add another layer of cheese.
  6. Move all ingredients to 9×13 glass casserole dish. Sprinkle Panko bread crumbs across top to your liking. Add a few more pinches of the seasoning to the top.
  7. Broil for 2-5 minutes or until the panko bread crumbs have cooked.
  8. Serve warm with BBQ sauce drizzled on top and enjoy!


Nikki and Ben

Magazine Clip from Southern Living, September 2015

SouthernLiving Mac and Cheese IMG_8814


Wahoo’s Green Sauce: Make at home!

Homemade Green Sauce for delicious burritos

Tonight Ben and I were craving burritos, I specifically a Wahoo’s Fish Taco burrito. So, thank goodness for miraculous Google and it’s ability to bring me whatever I want in the recipe world. I made a few adjustments to the recipe I found and I think this is top notch. 

Nikki’s version of Wahoo’s Green Sauce

  • Large handful of cilantro
  • 1 Jalapeno (de-seeded)
  • 1 lime (juice only)
  • 1/2 cup of half & half
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Salt to taste, about 1/4 tsp

Throw all of these ingredients in a food processor and let it blend for a bit. I put the salt in after the first blend, just to make sure it needed it. Build the inside of your burrito however you like (we put rice, black beans and chicken) and add the sauce and cheese. I zap it in the microwave to warm the sauce and melt the cheese.

Delicious and really easy. Enjoy!

Cheers, Nikki