Easy and yummy dish that kids cannot get enough of.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
5
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat; set aside. Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain and set aside.

  • In a 9x13 inch baking dish, layer the macaroni, ground beef, tomato sauce and cheese, repeating two times.

  • Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 30 minutes, or until top layer of cheese is bubbly.

Nutrition Facts

640 calories; protein 37.4g 75% DV; carbohydrates 66.8g 22% DV; fat 23.8g 37% DV; cholesterol 87.4mg 29% DV; sodium 1940.7mg 78% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2003
We made the following changes: 1)We only had a 1/2lb ground beef and 4oz of Velveeta so we just halved the recipe. To make up for the missing cheese we sliced up a bit of regular sharp cheddar. 2)We used rainbow rotini pasta. 3)We added some instant minced onion while we were browning the beef (I always do!). Even though we halved the recipe and used a small baking dish we couldn't see how to layer everything twice. We ended up just layering the pasta beef sauce then cheese only ONCE. We were skeptical on how it would taste but we actually liked it more than we thought we would! We both agreed we would make it again. My husband was the one to take it out of the oven and he mentioned that as he was scooping it out it was rather watery on the bottom (I didn't get the chance to look). I wonder if it was from the sauce. The ingredients say spaghetti sauce but the directions say tomato sauce. If you use spaghetti sauce I would suggest getting a quality brand - good and thick! We may add some garlic to the browning beef next time! Good recipe! Easy and quick! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2006
I tried....but it was just ok. I gave it 3 stars because it was so easy...but another reviewer is right...it tastes like Hamburger Helper. (to be honest I found this site because I was tired of eating that stuff). I am sorry I won't be trying this again. Thanks anyway for the post. Read More
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377 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 131
  • 3 star values: 54
  • 2 star values: 19
  • 1 star values: 19
Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2003
We made the following changes: 1)We only had a 1/2lb ground beef and 4oz of Velveeta so we just halved the recipe. To make up for the missing cheese we sliced up a bit of regular sharp cheddar. 2)We used rainbow rotini pasta. 3)We added some instant minced onion while we were browning the beef (I always do!). Even though we halved the recipe and used a small baking dish we couldn't see how to layer everything twice. We ended up just layering the pasta beef sauce then cheese only ONCE. We were skeptical on how it would taste but we actually liked it more than we thought we would! We both agreed we would make it again. My husband was the one to take it out of the oven and he mentioned that as he was scooping it out it was rather watery on the bottom (I didn't get the chance to look). I wonder if it was from the sauce. The ingredients say spaghetti sauce but the directions say tomato sauce. If you use spaghetti sauce I would suggest getting a quality brand - good and thick! We may add some garlic to the browning beef next time! Good recipe! Easy and quick! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2006
I tried....but it was just ok. I gave it 3 stars because it was so easy...but another reviewer is right...it tastes like Hamburger Helper. (to be honest I found this site because I was tired of eating that stuff). I am sorry I won't be trying this again. Thanks anyway for the post. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2006
My mom made this when we were kids for lunch then I fed it to my kids for lunch who now feed it to their kids for lunch. This also makes a great dinner on nights when your looking for something fast and easy. To make it different and spice it up I use one green pepper diced small 1 small onion diced small. 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder 1/2 tsp. of pepper. Add green pepper onion garlic powder or fresh garlic along with pepper and saute with hamburger till cooked. Add one jar of homemade or jarred spaghetti sauce. Simmer sauce with hamburger mixture till ready to use. Cook macaroni till done. Drain macaroni mix half of beef mixture with macaroni in baking dish top it with cheese of your choice. Add remaining beef mixture and top it with cheese of your choice. Serve with warm bread and butter and a green salad. If you think it's to dry add more sauce the next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2002
This was surprisingly easy. I call it "Gourmet Hamburger Helper." My husband asked for seconds! I used Maverick ground meat and low fat Velveeta. I think cheddar cheese or any other cheese would work well if you don't like Velveeta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2004
This is a 5 star recipe not because it is fancy and impressive but because it is a tasty kid-pleasing quick lunch with only 4 ingredients all of which are probably on-hand. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/11/2003
This recipe is fine and certainly easy enough if your Girl Scout Troop is going for their Cooking Badge other than that I wouldn't bother. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2004
Although the taste only deserves 3 stars it is sooo easy to make and my daughter thought it was great that it receives 4. It IS good but nothing special the velveeta cheese is what makes it different from spaghetti. I added some chopped green bell pepper onion and mushrooms (which we sauted first) and that helped give it some "umph." I may make again when I am in a hurry and need a quick meal for my family. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2002
An easy and fairly tasty casserole to put together and serve on busy evenings. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2004
I have a recipe almost the same as this called "Mock Lasagna". I have been making it since kids were little. It is a favorite of theirs. You can use the hamburg or 1 pound italian sausage cooked and crumbled. You can use your own sauce or make the one that comes with the recipe: 1-15oz.can tomato sauce(2 cups) 1/2 tsp. of each garlic salt pepper and dried basil. Cook on stovetop together with your meat. About 10-15 min. Use 1 1/2 cups cream style cottage cheese 1 1/2 cups cubed velveeta and 7- 8 0z. cooked elbow macaroni. Same directions as this only add cottage cheese in dollups on top of layers. I have never tried it with ricotta cheese but bet it would be good also. Should have 3 layers ending with the sauce a cheese layer on top. This is the way we enjoy it and why I gave it 5 stars. Thanks Elizabeth! Read More
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