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Homestyle Mac and Cheese Dog

Torn between hot dogs and mac and cheese for dinner? Why not have both? Smother Nathan’s Famous hot dogs with ooey-gooey mac and cheese for the perfect weeknight comfort dish.

45 Mins 4-8 servings


  • Hot dog buns
  • Macaroni and cheese (boxed or homemade)
  • Toasted Italian breadcrumbs


Homemade Mac and Cheese:
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni

  • 1 1/2 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups milk

  • Salt and pepper to season

  • 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika

(Makes about 3 cups)


Step 1

Love the classic, cheesy flavor of boxed mac and cheese? Go for it! Boxed, homemade, frozen – there’s no wrong way to top your Nathan’s with mac and cheese.

Either way, start with the mac and cheese. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain when complete. Return to pot and finish according to the box instructions.

Going the homemade route? In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, then whisk in the flour and cook for 3–5 minutes, stirring until it thickens.

Next, slowly add in the milk and whisk till smooth. Bring to a simmer. Simmer on medium to medium high until sauce starts to thicken, stirring constantly, approximately 3–5 minutes. Lower heat and stir in shredded cheeses. Continue to stir and cook on low until all cheese is melted.

Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Return drained pasta to original pot, then slowly pour cheese sauce over and mix thoroughly. Keep warm on low before hot dog assembly.  

Step 2

Cook your hot dogs your favorite way. We suggest pan-fried with butter! See how to cook the perfect hot dog.

Step 3

Toast the breadcrumbs. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread breadcrumbs in a shallow baking pan and bake in the middle of the oven, stirring occasionally, until golden, 10–15 minutes.

Step 4

Assemble your dog! Nestle dog into the bun, generously spoon macaroni and cheese over the entire dog, and finish with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs.


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