Kid's Macaroni & Cheese Casserole

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

It seems like I got this recipe off of a box of Kraft Macaroni and cheese many years ago. As a single parent, I had to serve economical meals that my kids would like and this dish was the one they requested the most.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 lbs ground chuck
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2 (7 1/4 ounce) boxes Kraft macaroni and cheese, prepared following box directions
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Brown ground chuck and onion in a large skillet.
  2. Add the jar of spahetti sauce and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Butter a large casserole dish and place half the mac& cheese mixture on the bottom.
  4. Top with meat sauce and 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
  5. Add the rest of the mac& cheese, the remaining meat sauce and finish with a cup of cheese.
  6. Cover and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Most Helpful

This recipe was awesome. My 2 year old loved it. He had seconds! Then ate more for lunch the next day. The only changes i made, was i used 1 pound of meat instead of 1 1/2 and i used to Kraft Thick and Creamy mac and cheese. Which i highly recommend. Thanks for posting.

CrystalH September 30, 2009

This recipe is almost exactly the same as one my mom made for my brother and I when we were kids. I haven't had it in years. My daughter -- the picky one -- loved it! So it will be made again. Thanks for the reminder of simpler times and comfort food! :)

WorkNMomma October 15, 2012

This was a lot better then I thought it would be. I used one pound of ground beef as I thought a pound and a half looked like too much. I followed the rest of the recipe as written other then I added a teaspoon of minced garlic to the beef as it was browning. I did add onions too as it says in the directions but in the ingredients it doesn't state how much onion. I just used my best judgement. Nice weeknight meal.

bmcnichol September 27, 2012