Lunchbox Ideas: Mac & Cheese Soup

My friend at Just Trying to Save Money has three girls in school right now.  She is packing their lunches every day to save money.  Here is one of the recipes she uses to keep their lunches exciting!  (Because no matter how much you like a PB&J, it just gets old after a while!)


Serves: 6

Cooking Time: 15 min


  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 1 (7.25-ounce) package macaroni & cheese mix
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups (1 quart) milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. In a soup pot, bring water to a boil over high heat. Stir in peas and carrots, macaroni from packaged mix (reserving cheese packet), salt and pepper. Return to a boil, cover loosely, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, including reserved cheese packet. Reduce heat to medium, cover loosely, and simmer 10 minutes, or until hot and creamy, stirring occasionally

Recipe and Photo credit thanks to MrFood!

Thanks Just Trying To Save Money!

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