Beefy Macaroni and Cheese Bake

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Sharlene~W

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

Top Review by Caryn

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.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  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.

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