Beef Macaroni

    55 minutes

    This was a childhood favourite that I now make for my kids as it is so easy, economical and tasty. Serve alone or with vegetables.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 500g beef mince
    • 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
    • 2 (400g) tins tomato puree
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 500g uncooked macaroni
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Crumble the beef mince into a large frypan over medium-high heat. Cook stirring frequently until evenly browned.
    3. While the beef mince is cooking bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook until tender; about 8 minutes. Drain and stir in butter.
    4. Transfer the pasta to a large casserole dish and mix in the beef mince, tomato puree and Cheddar cheese. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top.
    5. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes in the preheated oven or until heated through and bubbly.

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    The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I changed it a bit. I browned the meat with some onion,fresh garlic and Montreal Steak Seasoning before adding it to the pasta. I only used 1/2 the pasta it called for and it was plenty!! It was enough for 4 adults and 3 kids with just enough leftover for my hubbies lunch. I used 1 can of diced tomatoes in their juice and 1 1/2 cans of tomato sauce mixed all together with Italian seasoning and some dried parsley. I also reserved some of the cheese for the top(last 10 minutes of baking)and also added some crushed Ritz Crackers on top for extra crunch! My husband loved it! It was super yummy and my picky 4 and 6 year olds gobbled it up. Thank you Kelli for the post. I will definitely make this again mabye adding some veggies next time. It is a good base to start.  -  07 Apr 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I did not think this would taste better than it looked. My family and I, really enjoyed it (especially my husband). At first, when my husband looked at it, he frawned, lol. But when he smelled it cooking, and tasted it, he had seconds! He said its way better than the processed, canned stuff, which I had to agree with him on! I usually dont like beefaroni, but making it home-made, make it taste good! lol) I made some changes to the recipe, to make it more tasty and look presentable: 1) I added more cheese to it. (My family loves cheese, lol) 2) Added chunky spagetti sauce with mushrooms (had some spices). 3) Added some spices, that wasnt in the spagetti sauce (use spices that you like and use, in an Italian type dish) I didnt make the sauce that went to this recipe. 4) I layered it more like a lagnasa, mixing just some noodles into the meat mixture, instead of mixing it all together. It turned looking and tasting really good! This is a great recipe, if you want to make a different, and simple, italian-taste dish for your family. Hope this helps, cause the beefaroni version I made to this recipe, will make it taste better, as well as make it hold well, together...when presenting it, instead of it looking like one, big slop!  -  29 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very good throw-together dish. I did make some additions; sauted a chopped onion, bell pepper and minced garlic with the meat. Seasoned it up a little with some Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and worchestshire. I also put some stewed, diced tomatoes in for a little chunkier sauce. Not gourmet, but so much better than a box mix!!  -  18 May 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)