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Hearty Macaroni Casserole

Give Jack Frost the cold shoulder by setting a comforting hot dish on the table. This hearty meal-in-one will satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Enjoy one casserole and freeze the other, or serve them both when entertaining. —Joy Sauers, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 casseroles (4 servings each)


  • 1 package (7-1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup French-fried onions


  • Prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add to prepared macaroni. Stir in tomatoes.
  • Divide half of mixture between two greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dishes; sprinkle each with 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining mixture.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese over one casserole. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Sprinkle the second casserole with French-fried onions. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through.
  • To use frozen casserole: Completely thaw in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 470 calories, 29g fat (18g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 795mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • lindalou52
    Dec 30, 2017

    Easy and very good

  • luigimon
    May 28, 2014

    Easy and a good comfort food. I will make this again.....when the husband is out of town. He wasn't a fan!

  • bjsilve0
    Mar 26, 2014

    It was easy and okay but nothing great.

  • jtermont
    Sep 21, 2013

    I don't normally eat boxed mac and cheese, but I find recipes interesting when they incorporate items like this. My husband and I really liked this recipe, and I liked the ease of making it. I tried it with edamame instead of green pepper, still yummy! I will definitely make this again.

  • BLM
    Jul 4, 2012

    No comment left

  • lurky27
    Jan 18, 2012

    Delicious and easy!~ Theresa

  • Classicrock
    Apr 7, 2011

    No comment left

  • LaFrenierM
    Feb 5, 2011

    I have used both ground beef & Italian sausage. <3 Absolutely a family favorite in our house!

  • c4pepper
    Dec 2, 2010

    I have made this before but instead of adding green pepper, I substituted a can of Rotel's for the Italian Tomatoes and it came out great. Very easy and tasty.

  • shelbyhart
    Sep 29, 2010

    Very good. A hit.