Beefy Macaroni and Cheese Bake

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

One of the best quick family-style mac and cheese casseroles I have run across.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook macaroni in large pot of boiling salted water until done; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large frying pan and sauté onion until softened.
  3. Add ground beef and cook until browned.
  4. Add tomatoes, thyme, oregano and salt to taste.
  5. Cook about 5 minutes to blend flavors.
  6. In a small saucepan, whisk together flour and milk.
  7. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture comes to a boil.
  8. Continue cooking 1 minute.
  9. Remove from heat and stir in 3/4 cup cheese.
  10. Stir until cheese is melted.
  11. Stir into meat sauce.
  12. Combine with macaroni.
  13. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  14. Top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
  15. Bake at 375° until golden, about 20 minutes.
Most Helpful

This was a simple easy casserole dish to make. I adjusted the amount of thyme and oregano to about 3/4 of a teaspoon to suit our taste. The flavor was very good and the consistency very nice due to the milk/flour/cheese mixture. I was a little nervous when I added this mixture thinking it might turn out more like macaroni and cheese but it blends in very well (and my husband doesn't like cream sauces). The only thing I might do different next time would be to use 3 Tablespoons of flour to thicken it up a bit but it was very good just as prepared. The ingredients are not complicated, and are ones that I almost always have in my kitchen so this casserole is one that I could easily throw together.

Caryn March 18, 2002

I liked this because it was fast to prepare, good and filling. The only change I made to this recipe was to use a can of Italian flavored diced tomatoes (without draining it)because that's what I had on hand. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Chicagopm April 19, 2003

Sorry, but this was not for us. Very bland and the flour and milk mixture made the dish taste pastey.

Marilyn Collari August 21, 2009