Layered Mac and Cheese with Ground Beef

It’s not just for kids anymore. Diners of all ages will enjoy the beefed-up goodness of this macaroni casserole.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 60 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 6
 

Ingredients

2
cups uncooked elbow macaroni (8 oz)
1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
2
tablespoons butter or margarine
2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
2
cups milk
1/2
cup Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
3
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (12 oz)
1
cup soft bread crumbs (about 2 slices bread)

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook beef, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain if desired.
  • 3 In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, until bubbly. Stir in milk; cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly. Stir in broth and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Fold in macaroni.
  • 4 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.
  • 5 Bake uncovered 25 to 30 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook beef, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain if desired.
  • 3 In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, until bubbly. Stir in milk; cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly. Stir in broth and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Fold in macaroni.
  • 4 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.
  • 5 Bake uncovered 25 to 30 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Use Swiss cheese and a dash of ground nutmeg in place of the Cheddar cheese to bring a whole new flavor to this dish.

Penne or rotini pasta can be used in place of the elbow macaroni.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
630
(
Calories from Fat
310),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
34g
34%
(Saturated Fat
19g,
19%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
1 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
125mg
125%;
Sodium
1130mg
1130%;
Total Carbohydrate
43g
43%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
37g
37%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
45%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 4 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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