Stupid Hot Dog Thing

Stupid Hot Dog Thing

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"My mom made this for me growing up. It got its name when she couldn't find her recipe card, got frustrated and asked where the recipe for the 'the stupid hot dog thing' was. The rest is history. We always have used Classico® for the tomato sauce."

Ingredients 40 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 543 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 543 kcal
  • 27%
  • Fat:
  • 30 g
  • 46%
  • Carbs:
  • 43.2g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 24.8 g
  • 50%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 74 mg
  • 25%
  • Sodium:
  • 1626 mg
  • 65%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil; cook the macaroni in the boiling water until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat; cook the hot dog slices in the butter until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, milk, and cheese food to the pot; cook and stir until the cheese food is melted completely, 10 to 12 minutes. Fold the macaroni into the cheese mixture; continue cooking until thoroughly hot, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.
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  1. 20 Ratings


This review is mainly in response to a previous post. To use such words as "thoroughly uninspired" and "sadly lacking" to describe this dish, is snobbish and in bad taste. If you are going to compare macaroni and hot dogs to an extensive knowledge on Italy and fine Italian cuisine, then please just avoid this site all together. There is no need for such arrogance. I have worked as a chef in many restaurants, preparing elegant dishes daily. Guess what my lunch often consisted of........ HOT DOGS AND MACARONI!! It's delicious. This recipe is good as is. For some palates you may need a little variation but overall I approve. It hits the spot. Buon Appetito!

Sarah Jo

Mom made this for us kids, but she always used gov'ment cheese instead of Velveeta. (Think of gov'ment cheese as a mixture between Velveeta and mild cheddar cheese....less processed taste.) I get a hankering for it now and then. My kids love it. Sometimes I'll use salsa instead of tomato sauce and it sounds weird, but it's pretty good if you saute the hot dogs, too.


I was torn between three and four stars, but I am the first to write a review, and I didn't want to start this recipe off on a bad note. For starters, I followed the recipe exactly as written in order to be able to write a fair review. The consistency was like soup, which I did not find very appealing. I was leery because of all the milk, but I wanted to try it as written. The taste was o.k. to pleasant, but nothing overwhelming. The most important thing that I discovered was the choice of hot dog to add. I used Sabrett all beef because that's what I had, but the taste was too strong for this dish. A simple Oscar Mayer with very little flavor would be much better for this recipe. This is a nice dish to make if you have a large group of children to feed, etc, but I would be inclined to add about another half box of elbow noodles to this and change the consistency. It was just too soupy. Thank you, though, for posting this. I gave this four stars based on using a less flavorful hot dog. The flavors need to meld together, not fight for top billing. UPDATE: I refrigerated the leftovers and reheated them which changed the consistency dramatically. I have included 2 new photos. My rating remains the same.