Main Course: Classic Hamburger and Macaroni Casserole

Servings: 12 cups or about 8 servings

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes


  • 1-pound lean ground meat, any kind
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 medium can beans like chickpeas or kidney beans (398 mL), rinsed and drained
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes (796 mL)
  • 2 boxes macaroni and cheese
  • 1 ½ cups milk

Directions for Preparation

  1. In a large pot, cook the first three ingredients for about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir continually breaking apart the larger pieces of meat as it cooks.
  3. Add the tomatoes and beans. Cook covered for another 15 minutes.
  4. Add the noodles from both macaroni and cheese boxes but only one cheese pouch. Stir in the milk.
  5. Let cook on low until the noodles are almost soft.
  6. Stir gently from the bottom to release any noodles stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  7. Turn off the heat and let sit for a few minutes before serving.

This is a fam favorite that makes a big batch using just a few simple ingredients. By only adding one of the cheese pouches, the salt content of this meal is significantly reduced. Feel free to use 1 ½ cups dry macaroni noodles instead of another box of macaroni noodles.

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