Beef Macaroni and Cheese

Submitted by on Saturday, November 8, 2008 14:20
Posted in category Meat and Marinades, Pasta
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A great family recipe, makes a TON. Great as leftovers or split into 2 pans and freeze one for later.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound box elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon each dried basil, ground cumin, and dried oregano
  • 2-3 cups grated cheddar.

Directions

  • Heat the oven to 350*. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions; drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a skillet; add the peppers, onion and garlic, and saute until soft. Add the ground beef and saute until browned. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste, add the basil, cumin, and oregano. In a large bowl, combine the macaroni and the beef mixture. Spread this mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Top with the cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.

Notes

  • Ground turkey or chicken can be used in place of beef, if desired.

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