It's not pretty but, it's a tasty, busy-night, kid-friendly meal. It's not 'gourmet,' but it's hot filling and easy. The prep time is generally limited to how fast your can opener works and how hard it is to unwrap your meat. The big bonus is that it's a complete one-pot meal with no chopping, unless you want to.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Stir pasta and cheese mixture from the macaroni and cheese package into the beef. Add tomatoes, milk, peas, and corn to the beef mixture; stir. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, place a cover on the skillet and cook at a simmer until the noodles are tender, about 12 minutes.

  • Season the dish with seasoned salt. Stir about half of the Cheddar cheese into dish to melt. Top with remaining cheese.

Tips

Cook's Notes:

So this is the good version, but the better one would use the pasta shells and cheese with the ready-to-apply cheese stuff. It's going to be essentially the same, still add the milk as you'll need it along with the juice from the tomatoes to cook the noodles.

For variety you could add Ro*tel(R) instead of plain tomatoes and use one cup of frozen prepared fajita veggies and some taco seasoning to make a "Gulf of Mexico Shipwreck." Italian seasoning, garlic, onions, and mozzarella would make it a "Sicilian Shipwreck." You get the idea: the combinations are pretty well unlimited.

Although the recipe calls for frozen vegetables and uncooked ground meat, leftovers work just as well.

Use Creole-style seasoned salt if you like a bit of spice in your easy dinners.

Nutrition Facts

636 calories; protein 42.9g 86% DV; carbohydrates 55g 18% DV; fat 26.7g 41% DV; cholesterol 116mg 39% DV; sodium 1107.9mg 44% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2016
Everyone loved it as is from the 60 year old to the 3 year old, it was a win all over! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/19/2020
I followed the directions to a tee. I had plenty of juice to cook the noodles, but the flavor for me was just blah. My husband and I tolerated it and finished - my son couldn't do it, despite the fact that he likes all ingredients. I wouldn't make it again. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2016
Everyone loved it as is from the 60 year old to the 3 year old, it was a win all over! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2017
This was surprisingly good. (I didn't expect it to be.) It did need more cooking time and liquid than called for. I added beef broth I had open - cooked until the noodles were done. Reminded me of Hamburger Helper but so much better. A nice flash back to the comfort food of my childhood. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2016
I was in a pinch for a quick dinner and this fit the bill. I didn't have all the ingredients so had to do some substituting. I only had individual servings of Mac and cheese so used 3 of them. Had left over peas and carrots so used them and a can of corn, drained. No diced tomatoes so I used a can of hot ro tel. My husband is a meat and potatoes man and generally doesn't like dishes like this, but he liked this one! His suggestion- next time make it with diced potatoes instead of macaroni!! And I think I might. Good meal and very quick and easy. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2018
Used a bag of mixed vegetables instead of just peas and corn. Also used Annie’s GF Mac n Cheese as my little one is a Celiac. Turned out great, kids loved it and took leftovers to school the next day because I told them no seconds at dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2015
Made as recipe specifies. Everyone enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2016
My whole family loved this! It's delicious and super easy to make. We even substituted the mac'n'cheese for a Gluten Free version. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2020
Followed directions exactly and it turned out GREAT! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2020
Very good and fast. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2020
This got rave reviews at my house! I made exactly as directed except I used another recipe on here for the seasoning salt as I thought I had some and didn’t. Also used a Cracker Barrel mac and cheese, and Colby jack as I didn’t have straight cheddar on hand. This was so, so yummy! I will be making again., soon! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/19/2020
I followed the directions to a tee. I had plenty of juice to cook the noodles, but the flavor for me was just blah. My husband and I tolerated it and finished - my son couldn't do it, despite the fact that he likes all ingredients. I wouldn't make it again. Read More