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Hearty Macaroni Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.

Makes

2 casseroles (4 servings each)

Give Jack Frost the cold shoulder by setting a comforting hot dish on the table. This hearty meal-in-one will satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Enjoy one casserole and freeze the other, or serve them both when entertaining. —Joy Sauers, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Hearty Macaroni Casserole Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 package (7-1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup French-fried onions

Directions

  1. Prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add to prepared macaroni. Stir in tomatoes.
  2. Divide half of mixture between two greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dishes; sprinkle each with 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining mixture.
  3. Sprinkle remaining cheese over one casserole. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Sprinkle the second casserole with French-fried onions. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through.
  4. To use frozen casserole: Completely thaw in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake as directed.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 470 calories, 29g fat (18g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 795mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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