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This buffalo macaroni and cheese is easy to make and makes a great meal before any football game. (EMILY MCTAVISH / THE STATESMAN)

The National Football League’s season is underway, and Stony Brook Football finally has home games. To that I say, God bless America. This buffalo macaroni and cheese can fill up any football fan or player before the Homecoming game this weekend.

Total time: 1 hour

Servings: 6 to 8

2 cups cooked chicken breasts, cubed

1 16 ounce box of cavatappi pasta

1 can of cheddar cheese soup

¼ cup of hot sauce

1/3 cup of milk

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¼ cup of bleu cheese dressing (optional)

Bleu cheese crumbles (optional)

For novices in the kitchen, baking chicken in the oven takes about 20 to 25 minutes in a 375 degree oven depending on the thickness of the pieces. Press a knife into the chicken to see if clear juices run out so you know your chicken is done.

For the macaroni, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cook and drain your pasta, and note that it is not necessary to fully cook the pasta. It will finish in the oven.

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Combine the cheese soup, hot sauce and milk in a bowl. This is the time to add the bleu cheese dressing as well. I realize many of us are on a tight budget so if you do not have bleu cheese or do not even like it, then it is safe to nix it.

In a 9 by 13 inch pan, combine the cheese mixture with the noodles and chicken. Add bleu cheese crumbles on top, if you like.

Bake for 30 minutes and let cool before serving. Enjoy homecoming and your macaroni!

Submit recipe requests to [email protected] or tweet to @EmMcT or @sbstatesman

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