Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Wayne's Beef Macaroni and Cheese

Since we have such an affinity for baked pasta dishes, tonight I made a recipe from Paula Deen for a baked macaroni dish. It's a lot like chili-mac, minus the chili powder. It kind of made us crave chili-mac. Maybe sometime soon I will make that. But this was definitely yummy and easy, and very quick to get into the oven when I got home from work. I would make this again.

Note: I replaced the ground beef with soy crumbles.

Wayne's Beef Macaroni and Cheese

1-pound box elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups chopped green bell pepper
2 cups chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 pounds lean ground beef
3 cups canned crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon each dried basil, ground cumin, and dried oregano
2 to 3 cups grated Cheddar

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook the macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a skillet; add the peppers, onion, and garlic, and saute until soft. Add the ground beef and saute until browned. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper, to taste, and the basil, cumin, and oregano. In a large bowl, combine the macaroni and the beef mixture. Spread this mixture into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Top with the cheese and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.

Paula's Note: Ground turkey or chicken can be used in place of beef, if desired.

Yield: 8-10 servings

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