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Hearty Mac & Cheese Recipe
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Hearty Mac & Cheese Recipe

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“Whether a cold winter night or rainy summer day, this is quick-and-easy comfort food at its very best!” And a great way to jazz up boxed macaroni mix. —Carol Wohlgemuth, Riding Mountain, Manitoba
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (7-1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 480 calories, 24 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 92 mg cholesterol, 1,253 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; set cheese packet aside. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.
  2. Add the soup, water, ketchup, mustard and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4 minutes.
  3. Drain macaroni; add to beef mixture. Add the corn, cheese, contents of reserved cheese packet, butter and milk. Cook and stir until cheese and butter are melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Mac & Cheese in Simple & Delicious February/March 2011, p16

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 480 calories, 24 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 92 mg cholesterol, 1,253 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Reviews for Hearty Mac & Cheese(18)

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Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

This was pretty good but like some others said, it didn't really wow me. I may make it again sometime. I used a whole onion and a whole green pepper - I didn't think 2-3 tbsp. would be nearly enough for a whole pound of ground beef... The measurements kinda made me chuckle:)

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Reviewed Aug. 11, 2012

This was a great meal. Leftovers were gone within days

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Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

Very rich, hearty and tasty.

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Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

Oh so creamy & delicious! We added a bit extra onion & green pepper.

~ Theresa

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Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

I served this with a warm herbed bread and it was awesome. Very yummy!

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