Beefy Macaroni and Cheese

Makes 4 servings of 1 ½ cup each

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  • ¾ pound lean ground beef 
  • 1 ½ cups water 
  • 1 cup uncooked macaroni noodles 
  • 1 15-ounce can low-sodium diced tomatoes 
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning 
  • ½ cup grated low-fat cheddar cheese


  1. Wash your hands well with soap and hot water. 
  2. Turn the eye of the stove to medium heat. Preheat the skillet. 
  3. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Stir the beef as it cooks to break it into crumbles. This will take about 5 minutes. 
  4. When the ground beef is cooked, drain off the fat. 
  5. Add the water, macaroni noodles, and tomatoes to the skillet with the beef. Stir to mix them together. 
  6. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the top of the mixture. Stir. 
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. 
  8. Let the mixture simmer, uncovered, until the noodles are tender. This will take 15 to 20 minutes. 
  9. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the cheese. 
  10. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.