Hotdog Octopi and Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Hotdog Octopi and Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Do you have a hungry kid or two that you need to cook up a meal for? This quick and easy recipe will please even the pickiest of kids. The hotdog octopi are a cute touch to your regular mac and cheese that will certainly put a smile on your child’s face. Try making this recipe and lunchtime for the little ones will be settled in no time.

Original recipe from WorkitMom – A place where working moms connect.

How To Make Hotdog Octopi and Macaroni and Cheese

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 1 hr


  • 2 lbs shell pasta
  • 1 ⅓ cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 16 oz mild cheddar
  • 16 oz sharp cheddar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Hotdogs, desired size and amount


  1. Grate your cheeses so it can melt easily. You can also use store-bought grated cheeses if you like.

  2. Thoroughly grease your casserole dish with butter.

  3. Toss the rest of the stick of butter into the pot with your already cooked and drained pasta shells. Stir it up so that it melts and coats the pasta.

  4. Add your grated cheese gradually, stirring as you go to mix it evenly. Pour the mac and cheese into your casserole dish.

  5. Pour the milk all over the pasta. Cover with aluminum foil and put into a 350°F oven for 45 minutes. If you would like the macaroni on the top to get crunchy, remove the aluminum foil for the last 10 minutes of baking.

  6. 10 minutes before the macaroni is done, prep the hot dogs. Slice in half lengthwise, about one inch from the top of the hot dog. Turn the hot dog a quarter turn and repeat the process to get 4 "legs". Cut each "leg" into half again to get 8 octopus tentacles.

  7. Put them in a shallow pan of water and bring to a boil. Remove them once the "legs" start to curl up slightly. Decorate the octopi with mustard or ketchup eyes if you like.

  8. Remove the mac and cheese from the oven. Scoop it into a bowl and arrange the hotdogs on top of it to serve.


  • Sugar: 5g
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  • Calcium: 713mg
  • Calories: 803kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 70g
  • Cholesterol: 123mg
  • Fat: 42g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Potassium: 334mg
  • Protein: 36g
  • Saturated Fat: 26g
  • Sodium: 664mg
  • Vitamin A: 1245IU
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