Deluxe Macaroni Dinner Recipe

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"This recipe never results in leftovers," says Michele Odstrcilek. The Lemont, Illinois reader dresses up a boxed mac-and-cheese mix with ground beef, onion and broccoli.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 package (14 ounces) deluxe four-cheese macaroni and cheese dinner
  • 2 cups chopped fresh broccoli

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 300 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 512mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add macaroni; cook for 5 minutes. Add broccoli; cook 4-5 minutes longer or until macaroni and broccoli are tender.
  3. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Place contents of cheese sauce mix in saucepan. Stir in the macaroni mixture, beef mixture and reserved liquid; heat through. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Deluxe Macaroni Dinner in Quick Cooking May/June 2004, p40

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tstreich User ID: 1042559 217132
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015 Edited Jul. 1, 2015

"Stars won't register - but consider this a 5-star meal. quick and easy and flavorful. Used frozen broccoli instead of fresh. easy ingredients for a last minute meal and my picky husband actually liked it! :-) Worth keeping a box of Deluxe on hand (and I used regular not four-cheese and it was still really good)."

mdslatter User ID: 5196730 52626
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2012

"Better than box version of this meal at the grocery store. quick and easy my family loves it!"

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