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Simple Macaroni And Beef With Cheese

By Faeza
07 October 2016

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Ingredients:

1 large onion, diced

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 pounds lean ground beef

1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, processed until smooth in a blender

2 cloves garlic, chopped

Optional seasonings: oregano, cumin, chili powder (I used about a 1/2 tsp of each)

Salt and black pepper

1 pound macaroni

2 cups each grated cheddar and mozzarella cheeses

Directions:

1. in a large skillet heat oil and cook onions until tender. Add the beef and stir to break up the meat as it cooks.

2. Stir in your seasonings of choice then add the tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for an hour.

3. Cook the macaroni in boiling water for half the time called for on the package. Drain and add macaroni to the beef mixture. Stir and adjust seasonings. Stir in 1 cup each of cheddar and mozzarella.

4. Transfer macaroni and beef mixture to a 13 x 9 inch baking dish and cover with foil. (Make ahead: Casserole can be refrigerated for up to two days or frozen for a few weeks. If frozen, defrost overnight in refrigerator before baking.)

5. Bake at 400? degree until heated through, about 30 minutes (or closer to 45 minutes if just removed from refrigerator). Remove the foil, top casserole with the remaining cheese and broil for about 1 minute or until cheese has melted.

Recipe by Ruhlman