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 User ID: 988113 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 User ID: 6810757 175921
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2012

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

kcc1108 User ID: 6410537 108659
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"Very rich, hearty and tasty."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 180684
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

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

~ Theresa"

tinalarson User ID: 5960588 174753
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

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

Neishatipon User ID: 1479098 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 User ID: 2838841 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 User ID: 3724663 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 User ID: 3724663 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 User ID: 1446193 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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