Southeast Dairy Association - cheeseburger macaroni casserole


Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Try a new twist on a cheeseburger with this ground beef casserole made with macaroni, cheese and tomato sauce.


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


  • 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


  • 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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