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Layered Mac 'n Cheese With Ground Beef

Layered Mac 'n Cheese With Ground Beef created by CoffeeB

You can use penne or rotini pasta in place of the elbow macaroni if you would like. Also, use Swiss cheese and a dash of ground nutmeg in place of the cheddar cheese to bring a whole new flavor to this dish. This recipe is from Pillsbury.

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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray 2 quart casserole with cooking spray.
  • Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package.
  • Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook beef and garlic, 1/2 t of the salt and 1/4 t pepper over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain, if desired.
  • In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Stir in flour, cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, until bubbly.
  • Stir in milk, cook 5-6 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly.
  • Stir remaining 1/2 t salt, the nutmeg and cayenne.
  • Remove from heat; stir in cheese.
  • Fold in macaroni.
  • Spoon 1/3 of the macaroni mixture (about 1 1/3 cups) into casserole; top with half of the beef (about 1 1/2 cups).
  • Layer with another 1/3 of the macaroni mixture, remaining beef and remaining macaroni mixture.
  • Top with bread crumbs.
  • Bake uncovered 25-30 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown.
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"You can use penne or rotini pasta in place of the elbow macaroni if you would like. Also, use Swiss cheese and a dash of ground nutmeg in place of the cheddar cheese to bring a whole new flavor to this dish. This recipe is from Pillsbury."
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  1. Leslee 14
    Super easy and Quick. Family loved it and it was an easy way to sneak in Ground meat. I think that you could easily put in some vegies too.
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  2. LilPinkieJ
    Yum! I used colby-jack in place of the cheddar because we all like that more. This was like a cheeseburger casserole, very good. I think it needs some chopped onion with the meat. I use french's onions on top instead of the bread crumbs. It was perfect for my picky kids who love this stuff. DH and I would have spiced it up a bit more for ourselves. Still a very tasty dish that was even better the next day. You have a new star in the making here. Made and Reviewed for Gimme 5 tag - Thanks!
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  3. mums the word
    This was very good and a nice change from the usual hamburger casseroles that have tomato based sauces. For the most part, I made exactly as posted but found the cheese sauce was too thin so added another 1 Tbsp of flour. The other change I made was to change the bread crumbs to crushed potato chips since the kids prefer that. This is wonderful comfort food and I can't wait to eat the leftovers for lunch. Thx Lainey6605.
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  4. Boomette
    This is very kid-friendly. DS liked it. Me and DH also. I used Capelli d'Angelo. I used 2-color cheddar cheese. I used whole milk. I omitted the nutmeg and the breadcrumbs. I don't like breadcrumbs on pasta. Thanks Lainey. Made for 123 hit wonders
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  5. CoffeeB
    WIth the adjustments that you adviced this recipe turned out fantastic. I completely omitted the broth, upped the butter and flour to 3T, then used 2 cups of skim milk and 1/2 cup 1/2 and 1/2 for added thickness since all I have in the house is skim. I did totally eliminate the nutmeg and this was personal preference. Thanks Lainey, this is great comfort food for cold winter nights. Made for PRMR~
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