Meaty Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe
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Meaty Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe

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My husband is disabled and requires constant care. This doesn't leave me a lot of time to cook, so I came up with this tasty way to beef up a box of macaroni and cheese. The hearty mixture gets extra flavor from corn, ripe olives and zippy salsa. -Charlotte Kremer, Pahrump, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 package (7-1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups salsa
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 3 tablespoons diced pimientos
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped tomato

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 291 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 716mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. Set aside cheese sauce mix from macaroni and cheese; cook macaroni according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the salsa, corn, olives and pimientos; cook until heated through.
  3. Drain macaroni; add to beef mixture with contents of cheese sauce mix. Cook and stir until blended and heated through. Sprinkle with cheese and tomato. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Editor's Note: The milk and butter listed on the macaroni and cheese package are not used in this recipe.
Originally published as Meaty Mac 'n' Cheese in Quick Cooking May/June 1999, p31

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gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 260725
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2017

"Originally didn't think I'd like this recipe, but it turned out to be a quick and different hit for dinner! Note: left out the olives."

ChrisD1717 User ID: 8325994 252119
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2016

"Very quick and easy, Taste was great. Didn't use olives but put in a can of green chilies for a little more kick. Will definitely make again."

hunkydoriest User ID: 4515323 25895
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"quick, delicious dinner."

PackDude User ID: 4755322 25894
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"This was quick, easy and very good. We added more corn, olives and salsa. Yum!"

JohnHoltYo User ID: 7242115 33442
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"Absolutely delicious, we added some Jalapenos instead of Mushrooms and left out the olives, it was easy to make and lived up to ALL the hype."

luvtolaugh1950 User ID: 6277860 58278
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"very good quick and easy."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 49871
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"Whoa this is so good! We didn't bother topping it with cheese & doesn't need it! We also omitted the olives.

~ Theresa"

mdbishop User ID: 1849278 72127
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"We have made this many times and just love. It is so simple to make that we often make it when we are camping."

hag2nut2000 User ID: 1578647 33205
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2008

"You'd never know that this started with a box of mac and cheese! Super good!"

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