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Beef and Bean Macaroni Recipe

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"This hearty casserole with beans, beef and macaroni is a meal in itself," relates Sally Norcutt of Chatham, Virginia. "Since my husband, son and brother enjoy hunting, our freezer is stocked with venison, which I sometimes use in place of the ground beef."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
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  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Crushed red pepper flakes and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 289 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 289 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 meat, 1 vegetable.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. In a large bowl, combine the macaroni, 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, beans, tomatoes, green pepper and onion. Stir in the beef, garlic powder, pepper flakes and pepper.
  2. Spoon into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining cheddar cheese. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Beef and Bean Macaroni in Quick Cooking March/April 2001, p55

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 289 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 289 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 meat, 1 vegetable.

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Reviewed Jun. 2, 2012

This tastes good, but it needs more spices. I added chili powder to mine.

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Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009

My husband usually approaches new dishes with trepidation and this one was no different. But, he came back for seconds and so did our daughter. I substituted tomato sauce and whole wheat penne and accidentally left out the garlic powder, oy vey. I also halved the recipe. Thumbs up!

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