Cowboy Macaroni


This cowboy mac and cheese includes a hearty combination of lean ground beef, macaroni, and cheese, plus a tomato sauce that will make you jump up and click your spurs together. It's a favorite meal of any cowboy.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 2 (7.25 ounce) packages macaroni and cheese

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn, undrained

  • 1 (10 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.

  3. While the macaroni is cooking, brown ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium heat until beef is browned and crumbly, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain excess grease.

  4. Drain macaroni; do not rinse. Return to the pot and add butter, milk, and both packages of cheese sauce mix. Stir until well combined.

  5. Combine macaroni and cheese, ground beef mixture, undrained corn, tomato sauce, and tomato paste in a 2-quart casserole dish; mix well.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, 20 to 25 minutes. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

479 Calories
26g Fat
34g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 479
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 913mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1081mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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