Beefy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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A hearty dish for the whole family to enjoy.
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  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese - or cheese of choice
Container:large saucepan, 9x13 baking dish, large skillet
15 mins
25 mins
35 mins
  • Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet.
  • Add the peppers, onion and garlic.
  • Sauté until soft.
  • Add the ground beef and sauté until browned.
  • Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add to that the basil, cumin and oregano.
  • In a large bowl (or in the skillet) combine the macaroni and the beef mixture.
  • Spread it all in a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Top with cheese and bake 20-25 minutes in a 350° F oven or until cheese is browned and bubbly.
    Cooks Note: May substitute ground turkey or chicken in place of the beef if desired.
    Before adding the tomatoes to the beef mixture, drain off the fat and then place the beef back into the skillet.
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Beefy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Reviews

beefy macaroni and cheese

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"While this recipe was simple it also tasted simple. If I was to make this again I would change some things like add more sauce and add some form of cheese to the sauce to that there is cheeseyness throughout. Perhaps cottage cheese or ricotta. The kids seemed to like it so at least that was a plus. I made the original recipe so it serves 12 and now I have a lot of left overs. I plan to make some more sauce and remix this meal before I reheat it. I've had MUCH better mac and cheese. I wouldn't call this mac and cheese given that the only cheese in the whole recipe is sprinkled on the top. My advice, modify this recipe to make it your own."
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