Layered Mac and Cheese with Ground Beef

Layered Mac and Cheese with Ground Beef

It’s not just for kids anymore. Diners of all ages will enjoy the beefed-up goodness of this macaroni casserole.

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cups uncooked elbow macaroni (8 oz)
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
tablespoons butter or margarine
tablespoons all-purpose flour
cups milk
cup Progresso® chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (12 oz)
cup soft bread crumbs (about 2 slices bread)
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook beef, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain if desired.
  3. In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, until bubbly. Stir in milk; cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly. Stir in broth and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Fold in macaroni.
  4. Spoon 1/3 of the macaroni mixture (about 1 1/3 cups) into casserole; top with half of the beef (about 1 1/2 cups). Layer with another 1/3 of the macaroni mixture, remaining beef and remaining macaroni mixture. Top with bread crumbs.
  5. Bake uncovered 25 to 30 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown.
Makes 6 servings (1 1/2 cups each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Use Swiss cheese and a dash of ground nutmeg in place of the Cheddar cheese to bring a whole new flavor to this dish.
Penne or rotini pasta can be used in place of the elbow macaroni.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 630
    • (Calories from Fat 310),
  • Total Fat 34g
    • (Saturated Fat 19g,
    • Trans Fat 1 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 125mg;
  • Sodium 1130mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 43g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
    • Sugars 6g),
  • Protein 37g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 2 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 4 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.