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Beef and Bean Macaroni

"This hearty casserole with beans, beef and macaroni is a meal in itself," relates Sally Norcutt of Chatham, Virginia. "Since my husband, son and brother enjoy hunting, our freezer is stocked with venison, which I sometimes use in place of the ground beef."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Crushed red pepper flakes and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. In a large bowl, combine the macaroni, 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, beans, tomatoes, green pepper and onion. Stir in the beef, garlic powder, pepper flakes and pepper.
  • Spoon into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining cheddar cheese. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 289 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 289mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 meat, 1 vegetable.

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  • harmony500
    Jun 2, 2012

    This tastes good, but it needs more spices. I added chili powder to mine.

  • zassie
    Apr 13, 2011

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  • jahplsc
    Jan 27, 2010

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  • mother of 3
    Sep 9, 2009

    My husband usually approaches new dishes with trepidation and this one was no different. But, he came back for seconds and so did our daughter. I substituted tomato sauce and whole wheat penne and accidentally left out the garlic powder, oy vey. I also halved the recipe. Thumbs up!

  • schlma29
    Mar 25, 2009

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