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Shipwreck Dinner

Rated as 4.72 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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30 m servings 636
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. Season the dish with seasoned salt. Stir about half of the Cheddar cheese into dish to melt. Top with remaining cheese.


  • 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® 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

Per Serving: 636 calories; 26.7 55 42.9 116 1108 Full nutrition

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Everyone loved it as is from the 60 year old to the 3 year old, it was a win all over!

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...

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. H...

I definitely will try making it again. I've found the best way to change this recipe to put your own spin on it, is one ingredient at a time. My first suggestion would be adding fresh garlic, or...

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 nex...

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.

Made as recipe specifies. Everyone enjoyed it.

A little more vegetables and stir well I would make it again