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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
  • 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


  • 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.
Editor's Note: The milk and butter listed on the macaroni and cheese package are not used in this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 291 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 716mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • gina.kapfhamer
    Feb 3, 2017

    Originally didn't think I'd like this recipe, but it turned out to be a quick and different hit for dinner! Note: left out the olives.

  • ChrisD1717
    Aug 2, 2016

    Very quick and easy, Taste was great. Didn't use olives but put in a can of green chilies for a little more kick. Will definitely make again.

  • hunkydoriest
    Aug 25, 2013

    Quick, delicious dinner.

  • PackDude
    Jun 19, 2013

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

  • JohnHoltYo
    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.

  • luvtolaugh1950
    Mar 20, 2013

    very good quick and easy.

  • lurky27
    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

  • mdbishop
    Dec 2, 2010

    We have made this many times and just love. It is so simple to make that we often make it when we are camping.

  • hag2nut2000
    Dec 17, 2008

    You'd never know that this started with a box of mac and cheese! Super good!