Friday, March 5, 2010

Meaty Mac 'n' Cheese

I recently purchased the cheap brand of Macaroni and Cheese at the store because it was on sale. My family hated it. (I guess good old Kraft is the best). Anyway, I decided to try this recipe to help use up the boxes of mac and cheese my family won't eat. It tastes pretty good, amazingly. Next time I'll probably try blending the salsa and pimiento and corn in the blender, so Logan won't complain about the little red things in the casserole.

1 package (7.25 oz) macaroni and cheese
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups salsa
1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 can (2 1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained
3 tablespoons diced pimientos
Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped tomato

Set aside cheese sauce mix from macaroni and cheese; cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the salsa, corn, olives and pimientos; heat through. Drain macaroni; add to beef mixture with contents of cheese sauce mix (don't use the milk and butter listed on macaroni and cheese box recipe). Mix well; heat through. Garnish with cheese and tomato. Yield: 4-6 servings.


  1. I initially made this for lunch. Bryn had it as leftovers today and she said she loved it. Her words . . . "and that's an accomplishment."

  2. It sounds like you cook for a tough crowd to please, Janeil. I'm really glad they enjoyed the meaty macaroni and cheese.

  3. I bought a cheap brand of mac 'n cheese just especially for the purpose of making this dish! I am excited to try it out! It sounds delicious! (though, I'll probably make it without the pimentos and tomato - since I don't have any.) ;)