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5 from 3 votes

Cheesy Baked Macaroni

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 6
Author: Vanjo Merano

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. macaroni
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Tomato meat sauce

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 Knorr beef cube
  • 1 small red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed and chopped
  • 1 lb. tomato sauce
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

White sauce

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cups fresh milk
  • ½ cup quick melt cheese

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Set aside.
  • Cook the tomato meat sauce by heating oil in a pot.
  • Sauté the garlic, onion, and bell pepper for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef. Continue to cook until it browns.
  • Add the Knorr Beef Cube. Stir.
  • Pour the tomato sauce in the cooking pot. Stir and let boil.
  • Sprinkle some salt and ground black pepper. Continue to cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • Prepare the white sauce by melting the butter in a pot.
  • Add the all-purpose flour. Stir until the flour absorbs the butter and lumps are formed.
  • Pour the milk in the cooking pot. Continuously stir the mixture while heating the milk until the flour dilutes completely. You can use a wire whisk while mixing to make the texture smooth (be careful with the Teflon pot though, if you are using one).
  • Add the quick melt cheese. Continue to stir until the cheese completely melts and is well blended with the mixture. Turn the heat off.
  • Arrange the macaroni in a mixing bowl. Pour the tomato meat sauce in and then mix well. Add a few tablespoons of the white sauce in the bowl along with some shredded cheddar cheese. Mix well.
  • Arrange the macaroni mixture on a baking pan. Top with remaining white sauce. Make sure to spread the sauce all over to cover the top.
  • Preheat oven to 375F. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven. Serve.
  • Share and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 6g