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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Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"Quick, delicious dinner."

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

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

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."

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"very good quick and easy."

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"

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