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Hearty Macaroni Casserole Recipe
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Hearty Macaroni Casserole Recipe

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Give Jack Frost the cold shoulder by setting a comforting hot dish on the table. This hearty meal-in-one will satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Enjoy one casserole and freeze the other, or serve them both when entertaining. —Joy Sauers, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (7-1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup French-fried onions

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 470 calories, 29g fat (18g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 795mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein

Directions

  1. Prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add to prepared macaroni. Stir in tomatoes.
  2. Divide half of mixture between two greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dishes; sprinkle each with 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining mixture.
  3. Sprinkle remaining cheese over one casserole. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Sprinkle the second casserole with French-fried onions. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through.
  4. To use frozen casserole: Completely thaw in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake as directed. Yield: 2 casseroles (4 servings each).
Originally published as Hearty Macaroni Casserole in Quick Cooking November/December 2004, p65


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luigimon
Reviewed May. 28, 2014

"Easy and a good comfort food. I will make this again.....when the husband is out of town. He wasn't a fan!"

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bjsilve0
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"It was easy and okay but nothing great."

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jtermont
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"I don't normally eat boxed mac and cheese, but I find recipes interesting when they incorporate items like this. My husband and I really liked this recipe, and I liked the ease of making it. I tried it with edamame instead of green pepper, still yummy! I will definitely make this again."

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lurky27
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"Delicious and easy!

~ Theresa"

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LaFrenierM
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"I have used both ground beef & Italian sausage. <3 Absolutely a family favorite in our house!"

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c4pepper
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"I have made this before but instead of adding green pepper, I substituted a can of Rotel's for the Italian Tomatoes and it came out great. Very easy and tasty."

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shelbyhart
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"Very good. A hit."

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