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


  • 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: 480 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 1253mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein .


  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

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valanddansmith 180690
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"<p>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:)</p>"

sizzlincook 175921
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2012

"This was a great meal. Leftovers were gone within days"

kcc1108 108659
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"Very rich, hearty and tasty."

lurky27 180684
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

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

~ Theresa"

tinalarson 174753
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

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

Neishatipon 180683
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"I think this was average. Nothing special. It just didn't have that WOW. To me it tasted like hamburger helper... :(("

eggers 174751
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

"My kids are fairly picky eaters. I am asked to make this weekly. I have shared with many family members and it is a hit with my nieces and nephews. This is a very quick tasty meal for a weeknight. AWESOME"

obsessedwithfood 95881
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"The leftovers warmed up good. For some reason, I liked it better today. I change my mind. I would make it again and possibly up it to 4 stars instead of 3."

obsessedwithfood 103251
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"This recipe was just ok to me. It was good. I'm glad I made it. But, I don't think it wowwed me enough to make it again. The corn seemed like an odd ingredient and I think it had too much chili powder in it."

norasmomma 164406
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"I love this recipe, I have seriously made it at least 5 times since I got this magazine in the mail. I've tweaked it a bit to fit with pantry staples we have(I make my own mac n cheese) and use marinara sauce instead. This is a HUGE hit with my family, my two young children and husband love it, as do I."

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