Published Apr 2nd
Prep 10m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 40m
Servings 10 servings Calories 542.5

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.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 (16 ounce) package hot dogs, sliced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 ½ cups milk
  • 1 (16 ounce) package process cheese food (such as Velveeta®), cut into small cubes

Cooking Directions

  1. 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. 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.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 542.5
  • Carbohydrate 43.2 g
  • Cholesterol 74.4 mg
  • Fat 30 g
  • Fiber 2.5 g
  • Protein 24.8 g
  • Saturated Fat 15.6 g
  • Sodium 1625.5 mg
  • Sugar 8.5 g


  1. Yummy. I need to cut the sauce in half next time it made to much.
  2. Simple flavor; comfort food & kid-friendly! This is a fun dish that you will like if you've even had a hot dog with mac & cheese on the side! :) I made a 1/2 batch & I added 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1tbsp parsley flakes, & 1/2 tsp onion & herb Mrs - Read more ...
  3. This really wasn't bad. Everyone else in my family really liked it more than I did. My main issue was more about texture than flavor. The flavor was much better than I expected - and to have something that my step-son enjoyed was nice for a change. We followed the recipe closely to get a - Read more ...
  4. 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 - Read more ...
  5. First of all...unless you are the Duggers DO NOT make a full batch. This recipe makes a GINORMOUS amount of food. We have a family of 6 and I doubt we will finish a 1/2 batch. You will be eating this until next week. I am VERY glad I halved it. I read the reviews - Read more ...
  6. Bland & throughly uninspired. My husband was none too pleased, and my children were less than enthused which is a far cry from their usual elation with my Italian cooking. I made this for my family yesterday, and recognized the taste right away as being a recipe I've made before though not from this site - Read more ...
  7. 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 - Read more ...
  8. I apologize the macaroni should be cooked slightly harder than al dente and finished cooking when added in at the end (this will make it so its not soupy). I suggest using classico as that is the way I intended it to be written.
  9. 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 - Read more ...

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