Macaroni and Cheese Casserole With Ground Beef

Beef macaroni and cheese casserole
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Prep: 18 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Total: 68 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
665 Calories
44g Fat
24g Carbs
44g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 665
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 24g 118%
Cholesterol 168mg 56%
Sodium 657mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 44g
Calcium 647mg 50%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


  • 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)

Steps to Make It

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

  2. Heat the oven to 350 F. 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.