" Frozen Fairytale: Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Lean Ground Beef

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Lean Ground Beef

I enjoy experimenting with recipes and ingredients, so I thought I would make some baked macaroni and cheese with ground beef my way, since I had all the ingredients I needed at home already. Reading from a recipe doesn't always satisfy my inner creativity. Unfortunately I had no garlic or garlic salt. Garlic spoils too quickly in my house, but I would've added an immense amount were I to have it. My husband and I enjoyed my experiment, but if you are someone who does not like the taste of "real" tomatoes, I suggest substituting the can of diced tomatoes for a can of spaghetti sauce. 


  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 2 boxes of Kraft Dinner (I put the seasoning aside for a different day)
  • 1 can of corn (341ml) 
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (796ml)
  • 200g of Monterey Jack cheese (this is what we had in the house, if I had more I would've put more...lol)
  • 2 medium onions (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • bread crumbs (optional)

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Step 1: Brown the meat on medium heat and boil your water.
Step 2: While you are browning and boiling, chop your onions.
Step 3: Grate your cheese and put your noodles in the boiling water. Then cook them according to package. (normally 8 minutes)
Step 4: Turn off the heat, then drain your meat. Set aside. Drain noodles and set aside. 
Step 5: Place butter and onions in pot. Brown them. Once browned add tomatoes (don't drain), corn (drain), ground beef and all spices. 
Step 6: While your meat mixture is cooking, layer half the macaroni on bottom of tray. 
Step 7: After meat mixture has cooked for 5-8 minutes spread half evenly onto the macaroni.
Step 8: Layer cheese then thin layer of bread crumbs. 
Step 9: Repeat layering once more. (Macaroni, meat mixture, cheese and bread crumbs.) 
Then place in oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. 

And done! I enjoyed mine with some "Italiano blend seasoning" my husband enjoyed his with ketchup (EW).


  1. Looks yum!!!!

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  2. One of my favorites. I could eat it every day.

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