"This would be a surprise for the kids at Halloween time."
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photo by Rebekah W. photo by Rebekah W.
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  • 1 (8 ounce) can pizza sauce, divided
  • 1 (7 1/4 ounce) package macaroni and cheese mix
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef, cooked, drained, and divided
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 12 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 14 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  • Remove and set aside 1/4 cup pizza sauce.
  • Combine prepared macaroni, half the ground beef, remaining pizza sauce, garlic powder, egg, and basil.
  • Spoon evenly into a 9 inch pie plate.
  • Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Combine remaining meat with the reserved pizza sauce.
  • Use to create a jack-o'-lantern face on top of the casserole.
  • Bake 15 minutes.
  • Let stand 5 miutes before serving.
  • Serve with salad.

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  1. Rebekah W.
    This was really fun. Made it for an adult Halloween party and everyone ate it up saying it reminded them of childhood. Thinking I should have tried the broiler to get some burnt cheese look... Maybe next time.
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  2. Cooking-Good
    Yes, this recipe turned out great ! Great taste and easy to make. Good for the kids !
  3. dukeswalker
    Couldn't be offensive if it tried. Good, basic recipe that everyone ate. Perfect for Halloween...thanks!
  4. Caroline Cooks
    Made for a Halloween weekend supper...everyone laughed and then dug in..Enjoyed by left-overs. Thanks for posting a fun and delicious recipe. Made for Halloween and Eggs/Dairy Event in Cooking Photos.
  5. rhondalynne
    We made this tonight for our Halloween supper. I doubled the recipe except for the ground beef (I actually used ground turkey) and it worked fine. EVERYONE raved!!! Hubby wants it more often! It fit the menu perfectly, it's very tasty and easy to make AND it's filling!


  1. Cooking-Good
    Added 1/2 stalk chopped celery, 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion, and 1/2 cup diced zucchini, freshly ground dried oregano, and used unsalted, organic tomato sauce and a splash of worcestershire sauce instead of pizza sauce. Also, freshly ground pepper. Excellent !
  2. Genius Kitchen
    To create the mini mac-o'-lanterns pictured above, stuff 4 carved orange bell peppers with the mac and cheese mixture.
  3. pedspeech
    This was surprisingly good considering how easy it was to make! I made as directed, substituting ground turkey for the beef. I also took a cue from Wildflour's picture and added the broccoli stem. It turned out so cute and the kids asked for seconds. Thanks!
  4. Wildflower5656
    Thanks! This came out very cute, and tasty. Just what I was looking to serve on Halloween night! I used Rainbow Rotini instead, but added cheese. I also added half an onion, and chopped garlic instead of garlic powder - sweat together over low heat. Oh, and we had no pizza sauce, so I used Prego instead. Thanks for sharing this adorable recipe!


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