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Beefy Mac and Cheese: Skillet Meal

This Beefy Mac and Cheese made in the skillet combines the ease of quick clean-up with homemade goodness your family will love.  

Do you have a busy schedule and don’t want to spend too much time cooking dinner? This beefy mac and cheese recipe is perfect for those nights when you are short on time. All of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store, so there’s no need to go searching all over town. If you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal that will satisfy your family, this is it!

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I am always looking for quick meals that have fresh ingredients and this one encompasses everything I need to get a home-cooked meal on the table, along with easy clean up with just one pan.

Why I Like This Recipe

This easy Mac and Cheese Recipe takes under 30 minutes to make and uses just a few ingredients. It is filling and you can add a green salad and some garlic bread to it for a full and delicious meal.

Ingredients

Hamburger, Oil, Shredded Cheese, Garlic, Basil, Chili Powder, Ground Oregano, Can of Crushed Tomatoes, Macaroni, and Salt and Pepper.

Directions

  • Heat a 12″ skillet over medium heat. Add the beef and cook it until browned. Drain Fat
  • Wipe out the skillet and add the oil, and heat over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and cook until tender.
  • Return the beef to the skillet and add basil, oregano, canned tomatoes, chili powder and 1 cup of water. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Increase heat to high and let come to a simmer. Add the elbow macaroni, stir and cover the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until the macaroni is tender and most of the liquid is gone. Approx 8 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with cheese on top, cover the skillet and cook until cheese is melted about 60 seconds.

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Beefy Mac and Cheese

This Beefy Mac and Cheese made in the skillet combines the ease of quick clean-up with homemade goodness your family will love.  
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword beef macaroni, homemade hamburger helper, Mac and Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 392kcal
Author Candi Elm

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Basil Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes in juice 1 Can
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/2 pound Elbow Macaroni
  • 4 oz Mild Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  • Heat a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Add the beef and cook it until browned. Drain fat and set aside.
  • Wipe out the skillet, add the oil, and heat over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until tender.
  • Return the beef to the skillet and add the basil, oregano, canned tomatoes, chili powder and 1 cups of water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Increase the heat to high and let come to a simmer. Add the elbow macaroni, stir and cover the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until the macaroni is tender and most of the liquid is gone, about 8 minutes.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top, then cover the skillet and cook util cheese is melted, about 60 seconds.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Notes

Add Sliced Black Olives Optional

Nutrition

Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 782mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 4mg

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