Hearty Mac & Cheese Recipe


Hearty Mac & Cheese Recipe

1 package (7–1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese dinner mix 1 pound ground beef 3 tablespoons chopped onion 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper 1 can (10–3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted 2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons ketchup 2 teaspoons prepared mustard 1 teaspoon seasoned salt 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 cup frozen corn, thawed 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup butter, cubed 1/4 cup 2% milk

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; set cheese packet aside. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.

  2. Add the soup, water, ketchup, mustard and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4 minutes.

  3. Drain macaroni; add to beef mixture. Add the corn, cheese, contents of reserved cheese packet, butter and milk. Cook and stir until cheese and butter are melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Originally published as Hearty Mac & Cheese in Simple & Delicious yFebruary/March 2011, p16

Baked Spaghetti

I tried this recipe for the first time tonight and it was a hit.  Really quick and easy and the kids really liked it.


1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (32 ounce) jar meatless spaghetti sauce (I actually made my normal spaghetti sauce)
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
5 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups small curd cottage cheese, divided
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.


2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain.


3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir beef and onion until meat is browned and onions are soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and seasoned salt.


4. Whisk eggs, Parmesan cheese, and butter in a large bowl. Mix in spaghetti to egg mixture and toss to coat.


5. Place half the spaghetti mixture into baking dish. Top with half the cottage cheese, mozzarella, and meat sauce. Repeat layers. Cover with aluminum foil.


6. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until the cheese is melted and lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes longer.


Italian Pot Roast


This is a super easy roast idea that you will love. I made this for our Sunday dinner this week.


2 1/2 Boneless, Beef Round Roast 1 Medium Onion, Sliced 2 (8 oz ) cans of Tomato Sauce 1 Package Italian Salad Dressing Mix 1/4 Tsp Salt 1/4 Tsp Pepper

Place the Roast in the Slow cooker.


Top with sliced onion. Add Salt and Pepper.


Combine tomato sauce and Italian dressing mix.


Pour over roast.

Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

This is a super easy Sunday Dinner. I serve it with tossed salad and a baked potato. As always if you try this recipe please let me know how you like it in the comments below. Enjoy.