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.

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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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