>>Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole

Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole


Ease: Moderate

Yield: 4 servings

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Source: Chef Ina Pinkney, chef/owner of Ina's, Chicago, on behalf of 3-A-Day of Dairy

Southeast Dairy Association - cheeseburger macaroni casserole
Try a new twist on a cheeseburger with this ground beef casserole made with macaroni, cheese and tomato sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup uncooked whole-wheat elbow macaroni (or whole-wheat penne or rotini pasta)
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper,
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350˚. Coat an 8-x8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray set aside.

Cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat, until beef is browned and onion is soft; drain.

Cook macaroni according to package directions, omitting salt; drain. Spoon macaroni into prepared pan. Spread beef mixture and chopped tomato over macaroni.

Pour tomato sauce over beef and sprinkle with seasoned salt, if desired, and pepper.

Sprinkle with cheese and cover loosely with foil; bake 35 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges of casserole are bubbling.

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