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Cajun Macaroni Recipe

Cajun Macaroni Recipe

"When I follow my favorite meat loaf recipe, I end up with an extra half pound of ground beef," relates June Ellis. "So I came up with this easy dish to use it up." The Erie, Illinois cook brings this fast family-pleaser to the dinner table at a savvy 76 cents a plate.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min, YIELD:4 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 package (7-1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, onion, green pepper and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomatoes and Cajun seasoning. Cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Meanwhile, prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions, using 2 tablespoons milk and 1 tablespoon butter. Stir in beef mixture; cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 337 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 894mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.

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LloydB User ID: 6403141 221486
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"I really like this, the only change I made is, I made it with hot Italian sausage. It's great"

Medic 716 User ID: 4089259 204786
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2014

"easy and has a good flavor to it."

PatriciaFinn User ID: 2372336 91604
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"I can't wait to try this one. It sounds so easy. Has anyone tried making it with Italian Sausage?"

rooshyj User ID: 4044536 34484
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"Have made this quite a few times. Everyone eats plenty (I double the recipe). This time I forgot to check my cajun seasoning and I didn't have any. I substituted Jamaican jerk seasoning and it was just as good."

arabianhorsefan User ID: 3401042 76910
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"This was delish and easy to make! Definitely would make this again. I used a mac and cheese that had a cheese sauce rather than the cheese powder. And next time I think I'll add more cajun. I also added black beans. Great comfort food dish!"

curlybiscuit1 User ID: 4025182 123176
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Wasn't awful, just not that good."

ashleyfish User ID: 5540606 34483
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"I just dont know about this one."

Nazirite4God User ID: 4361078 40950
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Wonderful recipe for a beginning cook. LOL!"

Robby1 User ID: 1478802 123175
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"I am so glad you featured this recipe. We tried it and it is excellent!!! Delighted to add it as a regular in our meal planning!!!"

mommamcd User ID: 2735075 102040
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"I used a full lb. of hamburger and no milk. Turned out geat. My 4 year old proclaimed it to be: beyond tasty"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 106976
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"Awesome! We used a whole pound of ground beef, plus the milk & butter indicated on the package of macaroni & cheese. Great recipe.

~ Theresa"

polarisgirl19 User ID: 3662930 76905
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"I made this for a superbowl party. I used extra meat in it and added extra cajun seasoning. It was on the spicy side but everyone loved it. Can't wait for the next party to make it again!"

Kisslets User ID: 4679812 59650
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"My boyfriend absolutely loved this recipe - and it was super easy. I guess-timated with some of the amounts since I didn't want to bother measuring chopped veggies, but it turned out great! He's requested it for lunch this week, so we'll see how it does reheated."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 84477
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009

"I doubled the mac n cheese and the Cajun seasoning and cut down the beef a little. It turned out well; probably the best addition to boxed mac n cheese we have made yet."

nananene User ID: 1539843 84418
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2009

"this is good and easy but quite spicey I will cut cajun spice in 1/2 next time."

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