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December 3, 2014

Creamy Beef Mac and Cheese

Creamy Beef Mac and Cheese ~ You can never have enough Mac & Cheese recipes ! This one is a cheesy, creamy delicious dish with Ground Beef to make it a comforting, hearty meal #MacAndCheese #DinnerIdeas www.withablast.net

One can never have enough recipes for Mac and Cheese. I have no idea how many I have, or have tried over the years, but this Creamy Beef Mac and Cheese , is definitely one of our favorites.

Roy prefers a Mac and Cheese with Ground Beef, whereas Dimitri's top-of-the-list, is certainly my Bacon Mac and Cheese which I have been making for years and never changed a thing on the recipe.

Ever tried those boxed mixes of Macaroni and Cheese ? I think I tried one box maybe once and I swore never to buy it again - it has a horrible taste ! There might be better, tastier brands out there by now, but I will always prefer a good old homemade version.

I have also seen people "dressing up" the boxed types, but then one might as well make the dish from the start, right? Well, whichever the case, each person to his/her own likes and preferences.

Creamy Beef Mac and Cheese ~ You can never have enough Mac & Cheese recipes ! This one is a cheesy, creamy delicious dish with Ground Beef to make it a comforting, hearty meal #MacAndCheese #DinnerIdeas www.withablast.net

I found the best way to make this Creamy Mac and Cheese {and other similar dishes} this way :  Get the Macaroni cooking - set the oven and prep the oven dish.

Whilst that is going, I cook the Beef mixture and make the White Sauce in the microwave. This way everything is done at just about the same time and the mixing can start - cook, mix, bake and serve in under 45 minutes !

Creamy Beef Mac and Cheese

INGREDIENTS:

500g Macaroni

2 TB Olive Oil
1 Onion, grated
2 t Fresh Garlic, crushed
500g Lean Ground Beef
1 can (410g) Chopped Tomatoes
2 TB Tomato Paste
1 t Sugar
1 cup Beef Stock
1 t Dried Oregano
Salt and Black Pepper, to taste

2 cups hot White Sauce  {homemade or store bought}
2 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated, divided
2 Eggs, lightly beaten

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - spray a 20 x 30cm oven dish with cooking oil.
2.) Cook the Macaroni as per the instructions on the packet, drain and keep aside.
3.) Meanwhile, heat the Oil in a medium pan - saute the Onion and Garlic until just soft - add the Beef and cook until done, stirring frequently.
4.) Add the Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Sugar, Beef Stock and Oregano to the Beef - simmer, uncovered, until the liquid has reduced by half - season to taste and keep aside.
5.) Add 1 1/2 cups of the Cheddar Cheese to the hot White Sauce - stir until melted - add the Eggs, stirring continuously - mix well.
6.) Add the Beef mixture and the Cheddar White Sauce to the cooked Macaroni - stir until combined - spoon into the prepared oven dish - top with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese and bake 20 - 25 minutes.

Serve with sides of salads or vegetables.

Creamy Beef Mac and Cheese ~ You can never have enough Mac & Cheese recipes ! This one is a cheesy, creamy delicious dish with Ground Beef to make it a comforting, hearty meal #MacAndCheese #DinnerIdeas www.withablast.net


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