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Cajun Macaroni Recipe

Cajun Macaroni Recipe

"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, YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Cajun Macaroni

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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!"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Wasn't awful, just not that good."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"I just dont know about this one."

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Wonderful recipe for a beginning cook. LOL!"

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"I am so glad you featured this recipe. We tried it and it is excellent!!! Delighted to add it as a regular in our meal planning!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"I used a full lb. of hamburger and no milk. Turned out geat. My 4 year old proclaimed it to be: beyond tasty"

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"Awesome! We used a whole pound of ground beef, plus the milk & butter indicated on the package of macaroni & cheese. Great recipe.

~ Theresa"

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"I made this for a superbowl party. I used extra meat in it and added extra cajun seasoning. It was on the spicy side but everyone loved it. Can't wait for the next party to make it again!"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"My boyfriend absolutely loved this recipe - and it was super easy. I guess-timated with some of the amounts since I didn't want to bother measuring chopped veggies, but it turned out great! He's requested it for lunch this week, so we'll see how it does reheated."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009

"I doubled the mac n cheese and the Cajun seasoning and cut down the beef a little. It turned out well; probably the best addition to boxed mac n cheese we have made yet."

Reviewed Jul. 12, 2009

"this is good and easy but quite spicey I will cut cajun spice in 1/2 next time."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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