Cajun Macaroni Recipe
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Cajun Macaroni Recipe

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"When I follow my favorite meat loaf recipe, I end up with an extra half pound of ground beef," relates June Ellis. "So I came up with this easy dish to use it up." The Erie, Illinois cook brings this fast family-pleaser to the dinner table at a savvy 76 cents a plate.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min,
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min,
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 package (7-1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 337 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 894mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, onion, green pepper and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomatoes and Cajun seasoning. Cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions, using 2 tablespoons milk and 1 tablespoon butter. Stir in beef mixture; cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Cajun Macaroni in Quick Cooking March/April 2002, p35

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"I really like this, the only change I made is, I made it with hot Italian sausage. It's great"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2014

"Easy and has a good flavor to it."

Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"I can't wait to try this one. It sounds so easy. Has anyone tried making it with Italian Sausage?"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"Have made this quite a few times. Everyone eats plenty (I double the recipe). This time I forgot to check my cajun seasoning and I didn't have any. I substituted Jamaican jerk seasoning and it was just as good."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"This was delish and easy to make! Definitely would make this again. I used a mac and cheese that had a cheese sauce rather than the cheese powder. And next time I think I'll add more cajun. I also added black beans. Great comfort food dish!"

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