Macaroni and Cheese Casserole with Ground Beef

Beef Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
Beef Macaroni and Cheese Casserole. burwellphotography/Vetta/Getty Images
    68 mins

This family favorite casserole recipe is a nicely seasoned combination of macaroni pasta, ground beef, and tomatoes. The layers of Cheddar cheese make it hearty and flavorful.

What You'll Need

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium bay leaf
  • 1 can (14.5) ounces stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

How to Make It

1. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water  and then drain following package directions.

2. Heat the oven to 350° F (180° C/Gas 4). Butter a 2-quart baking dish or casserole.

3. In a large saucepan, combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, onion, green pepper, garlic, butter, pepper, and ground beef. Cook, stirring frequently until the beef is browned. Add the bay leaf and tomatoes and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes; stir in 1 1/2 cups of the Cheddar cheese.

4. Spoon about half of the cooked and drained macaroni into a buttered 2-quart casserole. Top with cooked meat mixture then remaining macaroni. Sprinkle with the reserved 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.

5. Bake the casserole, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

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