Beef Macaroni Casserole Recipe

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This is a great meal for a night when you don’t have a lot of time to cook.

Beef Macaroni Casserole Recipe

How To Make Beef Macaroni Casserole

With some ground beef, you can turn your usual macaroni dish into a meaty and tasty meal that the kids can enjoy during dinner time.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked, cooled
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup tomatoes, canned, diced, or crushed
  • ¼ cup celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

For Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, powdered or grated
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • tsp cayenne pepper

To Serve:

  • parsley, chopped
  • parmesan cheese, grated or powdered


  1. Pour olive oil onto the pan.
  2. Saute the beef until it is fully caramelized.
  3. Add red onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté all together until the onion and garlic are translucent.
  4. Add parsley, oregano, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni.
  5. Continue sautéing for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and black pepper. Adjust seasoning according to taste.


  1. Melt the butter over medium heat. Add all-purpose flour. Whisk all together until a roux is formed.
  2. Add the milk, whisking rapidly, and bring to a simmer. Continue simmering for roughly 15 minutes or until sauce has reduced slightly and there is no raw flour taste.
  3. Add cheddar cheese, ground nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Whisk until combined.

To Assemble:

  1. Preheat the oven to maximum temperature to broil.
  2. Transfer beef macaroni to baking casserole. Pour the cheese sauce evenly on top. Add parmesan cheese.
  3. Broil for 8 to 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and caramelized evenly.
  4. Garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley. Enjoy!


  • Sugar: 4g
  • :
  • Calcium: 215mg
  • Calories: 328kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Cholesterol: 56mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 288mg
  • Protein: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Sodium: 182mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 546IU
  • Vitamin C: 7mg
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