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Beef and Macaroni Casserole

Do you want to make something easy, cheesy and delicious for your family? If so, this recipe is well worth considering. It is one of the best pasta casseroles you can make. What is a casserole, you might be wondering. It is a French word and the term for both the cooking vessel and what is in it. A pasta casserole is similar to a pasta bake, and is usually topped with cheese and full of tasty ingredients.

The following recipe can be compared to a cheeseburger because it includes both beef and cheese, although the macaroni adds an Italian touch, and the garlic, paprika and oregano add aromatic flavors. The cheese topping is really delicious, and the 2 kinds of sauces add moisture as well as added flavor to this dish. This is made in stages. You need to make the meat sauce in one pan, cook the pasta in another, then combine them. The casserole itself is made by layering marinara sauce with the beef mixture, then more marinara sauce, and finally delicious cheese on top.

This is a bit of a fusion recipe. Although most of the ingredients are used in Italian cooking, this style of dish is American at heart, if you look more closely at it. It could even be termed American-Italian, since it boasts the comfort food appeal of American cuisine as well as the distinctive Italian flavors you would expect from a macaroni casserole. If you want a side dish, consider a baby leaf salad with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar as the dressing.

Cheeseburger Macaroni Bake
Summary: Boasting plenty of wonderfully hearty ingredients from macaroni, beef and cheese to marinara sauce, garlic, oregano and more, this is Italian-inspired comfort food at its finest.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 4
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  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup marinara sauce
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  1. Brown the beef in a skillet, then drain it and return it to the pan.
  2. Stir in the ketchup, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, paprika, onion powder, oregano, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Cook the elbow macaroni to al dente, following the instructions on the package.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  6. Combine the meat sauce and the noodles.
  7. Pour half of the marinara sauce over the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch casserole dish.
  8. Add the beef mixture, then add the rest of the marinara sauce.
  9. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Take off the foil and sprinkle the mozzarella and cheddar on top.
  11. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

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Macaroni, beef, tomato sauce and more combine to make this spectacular dish. It is like a cross between mac and cheese, lasagna, and cheeseburger, boasting plenty of Italian appeal as well as an American comfort food style. This is something the whole family will love, from the youngest to the oldest. There are wonderful flavors in this dish and the melted cheese topping is especially mouthwatering. This is very easy to put together and you can even add extras, such as finely chopped carrot, mushroom slices or corn and peas to the meaty filling, to add color and extra nutrients.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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