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What happens when your gooey cheese sauce and your hamburger get tired of night after night of going with the same old cheeseburger dip style and want to spice things up by perhaps inviting a third member to join the party? Well it all depends on who that third party is, but I've heard that the macaroni acting all cool and coy in the pantry over there is a practicing pastafarian secretly yearning to touch one and all with his noodly appendages.
Tonight, we feast on Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese.
To get things swingin', start by browning off some ground beef in a skillet with some scallion whites, then adding a can of Ro*Tel tomatoes, along with the scallion greens. Then all you've got to do is stir this whole mixture into your macaroni and cheese base, and get ready for a night of pure, hedonistic delight. Want to spice it up even more? Leave your inhibitions at the door, toss in a handful of minced pickled jalapeños, and hope you don't regret it in the morning.
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