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Meaty Mac 'n' Cheese

 Meaty Mac 'n' Cheese
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
4-6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 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


  • Set aside cheese sauce mix from macaroni and cheese; cook macaroni
  • according to package directions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 291 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 716 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 29 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein.