Smoked Salmon Mac and Cheese


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Introduction: Smoked Salmon Mac and Cheese

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If I'm looking for a quick but luxurious dinner, I make this Smoked Salmon Mac and Cheese from items on hand in the pantry and freezer. This is an easy "cheat" from a box!

Step 1: Ingredients for a Special Dinner for Two

You will need:

  • a box of Kraft Dinner or other quick cooking macaroni and cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp butter, plus more to grease the pan
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 100 grams smoked salmon pieces (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup panko or dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp paprika

Step 2: Prepare Salmon and Topping

  1. Rip or cut the smoked salmon into small pieces
  2. Grate 1 cup parmesan cheese - reserve 1/2 cup for later
  3. Melt 2 Tbsp of the butter in the microwave, and mix in 1/2 cup of the grated cheese, 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs and 1/4 tsp paprika to make the casserole topping

TIP - if you don't have bread crumbs on hand, use a rolling pin or can to crush crackers in a plastic bag to make fine crumbs. Be careful not to use crackers that are too salty.

Step 3: Cook the Pasta and Add Ingredients

Cook the pasta for 1 minute less than what the package directs. Drain water, and return pasta to pot over low heat.

Add 2 Tbsp butter, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1/3 cup milk (per package directions) and the powdered cheese mixture from the package and stir together.

Then stir in the remaining 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese and the pieces of smoked salmon. Add pepper if desired.

Step 4: Add Topping and Bake

  1. Pour mixture into a greased oven proof dish
  2. Spread the bread crumb/cheese topping mixture evenly on top
  3. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. If you have a convection oven, bake it at 325 on convection for 30 minutes.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!

Remove casserole from oven and serve.

Asparagus (steamed for 4 minutes) goes well with this delicious smoked salmon mac and cheese.

No one needs to know how easy it was!

Makes two generous servings.

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    2 Comments

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    1 year ago

    Ohhh I'll have to make this for my partner. We've always got salmon and boxed mac and cheese on hand :)

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    YukonJulie
    YukonJulie

    Reply 1 year ago

    Let me know how it works out!
    It really is a great meal to make from things you have on hand!