Thursday, September 18, 2014

Slow Cooker Spicy Macaroni & Cheese with Red Gold *Giveaways!*

Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog post. I received a beautiful package from Red Gold with cans of tomatoes, a wooden spoon to mix all the goodness, and a tomato red apron to give away...  in order to taste and make the recipe featured in this post, but all opinions are 100% my own!  This post contains links to Red Gold websites.


As a proud Hoosier, I love to use Red Gold tomato products, knowing the company is based in Indiana, sources its tomatoes in and near Indiana, and produces their goods in my home state!  So when Red Gold asked me if I would share their Red Gold 2-a-day Crock-pot Give-a-way promotion (running on their Facebook page September 17th through October 8th), as well as cook up some one of their featured slow cooker recipes, I was game.

I chose the recipe below because I didn't have to cook the pasta (score!) and that felt like a win in itself.  It took me literally 5 minutes to combine the ingredients in the morning, and when Dan and I got home, dinner was ready to go.  Although, you will note that I was half-asleep apparently when I did this, because the yogurt cup in my "ingredients" photo does NOT belong!  That was breakfast.  Oops.  Unfortunately, my "after" photos did not turn out due to lighting/phone issues, but you get the idea... it was a cheesy, delicious meal, and the pasta did cook itself!  (Ugh, blogger photo fails...)  I used spicy mustard because Dan always has like 3-4 varieties in the fridge like the connoisseur he is.  I like that Red Gold adds peppers to some of their products to really add flavor.  I would mix this mix into different sauces, or even into pulled pork for example, to add a kick!

I love adding diced tomatoes to meals, because it add texture and flavor at the same time.  I totally make tomato sauce from a jar feel more "homemade" by adding diced tomatoes to it, a trick my Mom taught me growing up.  No one will be able to tell!

Bourbon the cat is not included in the recipe...


Slow Cooker Spicy Macaroni & Cheese
Servings: 8    |    Preparation Time: 15 minutes    |    Cook Time: 240 minutes

Image from Red Gold

INGREDIENTS
2 cups pasta of choice, uncooked
2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces processed American cheese, cut into cubes
8 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes With Green Chilies, drained or 2 (10 ounce) cans Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies (10 Oz), drained

Place the uncooked pasta in the bottom of a 3.5-qt. crock pot that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Add the remaining ingredients, except RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES, to the slow cooker and stir until well combined. Cook on LOW for 4 hours.

Just before serving add RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES; stir to combine.

You can find this recipe and more slow cooker meals on Red Gold's website, here.

Lastly, because Red Gold is awesome, you can not only enter their crock-pot giveaway, but I'm hosting a giveaway HERE on my blog!  You can win a Red Gold apron, plus a comfort food cookbook I've thrown in as well: Back Home with the Neelys: Comfort Food from Our Southern Kitchen to Yours.  Just enter to win in the Rafflecopter below!  The giveaway will run for two weeks.


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Don't forget to enter Red Gold's giveaway too, now through October 8th!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog post. I received a beautiful package from Red Gold with cans of tomatoes, a wooden spoon to mix all the goodness, and a tomato red apron to give away...  in order to taste and make the recipe featured in this post, but all opinions are 100% my own!  This post contains links to Red Gold websites.

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13 comments:

  1. I use it in my mexican food. :)

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  2. I would have to say that I like adding it to chili and making salsa

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  3. I use it in chili, soups, and pasta sauce.

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  4. I like to make taco soup with red gold tomatoes

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  5. I like making slow cooked "Super Soup"--a slow cooked, tomato-based veggie soup...or maybe with chicken or hamburger.

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  6. I love canned tomatoes. They are so easy to use in soups, stews, sauces. And they make a killer salsa!

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  7. My favorite way is in Manicotti or Canneloni!

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  8. I like to used diced tomatoes with green chili's as a topping for pasta.

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  9. I love to use canned tomatoes in chili!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  10. i use the petite diced in my easy crock pot chili!

    2 cans petite diced
    1/2-3/4 lb cooked ground turkey
    1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
    1 can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
    1 cup frozen corn (or canned or fresh)
    1 packet chili seasoning
    1/2 jalapeno, minced (fresh or canned or frozen)



    cook for 4 hrs on low or 2 hrs on high (or longer if you want to make this while you are at work!)

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  11. We use them in the chicken and rice that we make.

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  12. I love canned tomatoes in my tacos.

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