The original recipe from Hillshire Farm:
- 4 Hillshire Farm® Turkey Pepper Jack Links
- 1 pkg. (7.25 ounces) macaroni and cheese mix
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
- ½ cup prepared salsa
- 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
- 1 cup corn chips, crushed (optional)
Directions:1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut links into 1-inch pieces; set aside. Cook macaroni in a large pan of boiling water for 7 minutes or until tender; drain well. 2. In medium bowl combine cooked macaroni, contents of cheese sauce packet, milk and butter. Stir until butter is melted. Stir in salsa, corn, links and ½ cup of the cheese. 3. Place mixture in a greased 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Monterey Jack cheese combined with corn chips, if desired. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until hot.
This is how I changed it.
We buy a variety of Hillshire smoked sausage pretty regularly, so I just sliced up half of whatever I had on hand. Rather than a boxed mac and cheese, I just cooked half a pound of rotini (or spiral, or whatever you call it in your area!). I used a can of Mexican corn instead of frozen corn. Lastly, I added more cheeses since I didn't make boxed macaroni. It turned out pretty good, actually.
Now, recipe reviews where people say, "This recipe is amazing. Here is how I replaced or omitted every single ingredient..." drive me up a tree. That's why I'm not rating or reviewing the Hillshire recipe. I'm posting for two reason. 1) I can find it again. 2) To encourage you to try a new recipe even if you don't have what seems like required ingredients.