Beefy Macaroni and Cheese


My kids and my husband love mac and cheese.  It is often a Sunday lunch that my husband will make for he and the kiddos…one of the few things he claims he can cook!  I saw this recipe, and thought it looked tasty, and a bit more complete than just a box of Kraft mac and cheese.  I found this over at, but changed it up a bit.  This is a dish that is easy to make-ahead and seems like it would freeze well too.  It is true comfort food, at least for me…pasta and cheese!

Serves 8 for about $1.12/serving



1 box elbow macaroni – I used whole wheat – ($1.28)

1 can (28 oz) purred tomatoes ($1.36)

1 small can tomato sauce – ($0.33)

3 cups low fat cheese….I used 1 cheddar and 2 mozzarella – (about $3.00)

1 lb lean ground beef or turkey – ($2.89)



Brown meat and drain if necessary.  I used garlic, oregano, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, onion powder and basil to season the meat while it cooked.  Boil your water to cook your pasta per directions on package.


When meat is browned, add tomatoes and tomato sauce, as well as more seasonings to flavor sauce.  Let simmer while pasta is cooking.

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Mix meat sauce, noodles and 2 cups of cheese in a large lasagna pan.  Stir well.


Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake at 375 degrees for about 30-40 minutes.

Add some french bread, a salad and a fruit and veggie for a  complete dinner.


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