Beef 'n' Cheese Macaroni Recipe

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"I love to make this delicious main dish for my brother and me when our parents are at work at dinnertime," reports Jamie Brown of Witchita, Kansas. The mild-tasting combination of ground beef and noodles is sure to be a hit with even the pickiest eaters.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup cubed process American cheese (Velveeta)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 279 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 392 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 15 g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside. In the same pan, melt butter. Add the cheese, milk and salt; cook and stir until the cheese is melted. Drain beef. Stir beef and macaroni into cheese sauce; heat through. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Beef 'n' Cheese Macaroni in Quick Cooking May/June 2000, p40

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Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"This is a great starter recipe for anyone who thinks they can't cook, or even if you know you can cook. My eight year old helped prepare it with me, basically doing it all on her own. We added frozen peas for some color and nutrition of course."

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012

"This is quick, easy comfort food. I'm sure it would be kid friendly too. My boyfriend went nuts over it."

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