My macaroni and cheese is not the orange type. My husband is very fussy when it comes to food, but he can not get enough of this one. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Don't forget the crusty sourdough bread.

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Ingredients

7
Original recipe yields 7 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot with boiling salted water cook macaroni pasta until al dente. Drain.

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  • In a large skillet cook ground beef until no pink remains. Drain excess grease.

  • In a large bowl add the tomato juice, diced tomatoes, cooked ground beef, cooked and drained pasta, one package of the grated cheese, and mix well. Pour into a 2 quart casserole baking dish. Spread remaining package of grated cheese over the top.

  • In a 425 degree F (220 degree F) oven bake until the cheese on top is melted, then broil until the cheese is golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

848.3 calories; 42.6 g protein; 85.5 g carbohydrates; 116.4 mg cholesterol; 1123 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
05/04/2006
Pretty good made just as the recipe says but there are a couple of changes I may try next time. For starters there are A LOT of noodles. I would cut them down to 16 oz. instead of 24. I also added 2c. more cheese because someone else said it was more macaroni and tomatoes than mac n cheese. I'm glad I did because it was better cheesier. I also browned the beef with a little pepper and garlic salt for flavor. I think maybe next time I will use a little less juice (since I will use less macaroni) 6c. not 4 of cheese and also add some italian seasoning. Maybe using v8 or spicy v8 instead would also kick it up a notch? Anyway I liked it and it's a good versatile recipe you can play with or use as is. My toddler loved it and ate like a piggy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/11/2008
Where as my childrend LOVED this it really shouldn't be called Macaroni and cheese. It's more like a goulash. There was not even CLOSE to enough cheese in it to constitute calling it Macaroni and cheese. Also the recipe said it served 7 but in reality it was enough to serve an army. Our family of 6 ate it for dinner lunch the next day and lunch the day after that!!! My husband and I thought it was OK. Will make again in a smaller batch as my children enjoyed it. Read More
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30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
05/04/2006
Pretty good made just as the recipe says but there are a couple of changes I may try next time. For starters there are A LOT of noodles. I would cut them down to 16 oz. instead of 24. I also added 2c. more cheese because someone else said it was more macaroni and tomatoes than mac n cheese. I'm glad I did because it was better cheesier. I also browned the beef with a little pepper and garlic salt for flavor. I think maybe next time I will use a little less juice (since I will use less macaroni) 6c. not 4 of cheese and also add some italian seasoning. Maybe using v8 or spicy v8 instead would also kick it up a notch? Anyway I liked it and it's a good versatile recipe you can play with or use as is. My toddler loved it and ate like a piggy! Read More
(24)
Rating: 4 stars
05/04/2006
Pretty good made just as the recipe says but there are a couple of changes I may try next time. For starters there are A LOT of noodles. I would cut them down to 16 oz. instead of 24. I also added 2c. more cheese because someone else said it was more macaroni and tomatoes than mac n cheese. I'm glad I did because it was better cheesier. I also browned the beef with a little pepper and garlic salt for flavor. I think maybe next time I will use a little less juice (since I will use less macaroni) 6c. not 4 of cheese and also add some italian seasoning. Maybe using v8 or spicy v8 instead would also kick it up a notch? Anyway I liked it and it's a good versatile recipe you can play with or use as is. My toddler loved it and ate like a piggy! Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2008
My daughter and husband really liked this dish. Like the others before me I too made some modifications since I thought 2 boxes of pasta would be way too much. I used one box of tri-colored rotini a bag of Soy crumbles (made it vegetarian!) one 16 oz bag of shredded sharp cheddar cheese a 14oz can of diced Fire Roasted tomatoes diced onion and green pepper shredded zucchini carrot and mushroom and half of a 16 oz bottle of regular V-8. My husband liked it so much he wants it again this week but with 'real' meat in it this time!:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2003
This recipe is simply fantastic. I was looking for an easy Friday night meal for my family and came across this one. I have three teenage boys and they loved this. It has become a weekly staple. I added a little more ground beef for my boys the second time we tried. GREAT!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/13/2010
I read the other reviews and thought I needed to add a little more to the recipe- I used ground turkey instead of ground beef and gluten-free noodles instead of regular ones. I also added another 1/2 bag of cheese and even added some cream cheese to make it even creamier. I added some chili powder which I think was a mistake. That or the cream cheese. I think simply adding garlic and onion powder with a little salt would have done much better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2008
This was delicious! It honestly looked pretty bland but it was VERY TASTY! I of course made modifications as other reviewers did. I used a 16 oz box of elbow mac Hot & Spicy V8 (3/4 of the 48oz bottle) 1-14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes w/green chilies and once mixed and put in the baking dish I poured some pasta sauce over the 'exposed' noodles to avoid drying. Then topped with the cheese. I would say...make sure to broil at the end because this really made the dish delicious!!! Freezes well! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/11/2008
Where as my childrend LOVED this it really shouldn't be called Macaroni and cheese. It's more like a goulash. There was not even CLOSE to enough cheese in it to constitute calling it Macaroni and cheese. Also the recipe said it served 7 but in reality it was enough to serve an army. Our family of 6 ate it for dinner lunch the next day and lunch the day after that!!! My husband and I thought it was OK. Will make again in a smaller batch as my children enjoyed it. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2008
My husband and I really liked this recipe. However even using just the 16 oz box of macaroni noodles this recipe makes a TON! I will probably try to halve it next time. We have eaten it twice and still have alot left. I used the mild Rotel tomatoes. It was a little spicy but my husband said he liked it that way. I used 6 cups of cheese instead of 4 and loved that. Next time I will use more ground beef because I think that will enhance it even more. But seriously if you make this recipe even with the 16 oz of noodles please put it in a bigger pan than is called for or it will boil over in your oven like mine did. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2008
The taste is good but I am surprised no one has mentioned that the directions are off a bit. The ingredients mention a chopped onin but the directions don't tell you where to add it (I am guessing while browning the beef). Also the cheese in the ingredients is measured in cups whereas in the directions it says "one package of the grated cheese". I pretty much did a lot of this recipe by common sense but just had to mention these things. Also I agree it is a lot like goulash rather than mac & cheese but it is still pretty tasty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/16/2010
I also would not call it macaroni and cheese but I WOULD call it good. Used Ro-Tel tomoatoes as someone suggested. (the recipe is incorrect it needs only 1-12oz box of pasta probably just a typo) and I did saute' the optional onion in with the meat. Thanks for this recipe I have a feeling the leftovers will taste even better once they absorb more tomato juice. Read More
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