Wayne's Beef Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time:
33 min
Prep:
8 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 -pound box elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon each dried basil, ground cumin, and dried oregano
  • 2 to 3 cups grated Cheddar
Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook the macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a skillet; add the peppers, onion, and garlic, and saute until soft. Add the ground beef and saute until browned. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper, to taste, and the basil, cumin, and oregano. In a large bowl, combine the macaroni and the beef mixture. Spread this mixture into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Top with the cheese and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.

Cook's Note: Ground turkey or chicken can be used in place of beef, if desired.


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Horrible dish. All I could taste was the green pepper item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made the mistake of using diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano. I didn't realize there was also high fructose corn syrup in the tomatoes until I took a bite after adding salt & pepper. I picked out as many tomatoes as I could but I could still taste the sweetness. Why in the world would Del Monte add sugar to their tomatoes? Gross. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was bland, I even added extra garlic and onion powder with no luck. Req. not to be made again by the hubs. :( item not reviewed by moderator and published
The family loved this recipe. I layered it with cheese before baking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful! My husband described this dish as comfort food. I used Italian herb crushed tomatoes and therefore omitted the oregano and basil. I simmered the sauce mixture for about ten minutes before combining with macaroni. Although, I did follow the quantities of the recipe to the letter, I did have to use a larger baking dish than suggested. This recipe would easily serve more than 8 to 10 people. I recommend serving this dish with some Texas toast and a garden salad! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not only were the servings off but this was so dry. I made half the recipe and it would have served at least 8. To the leftovers of half I added one 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes with basil, etc. plus 8 ounces of tomato sauce. May have salvaged it but now I have to add a lot more cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For some reason I was craving beef and macaroni tonight. I searched the web and found this little recipe from the Deen family. Everybody loves the Deens. And yes, at first I was scared of how unhealthy it would be but to the hell with it. It turned out really well but I did have to make some changes because it did come out a bit bland as some of the previous reviewers described. Adding more salt and pepper didn't really help either. First, I used 1 lb of ground beef and 1 lb of sweet Italian sausauge. Then I adjusted the seasonings to 1 1/2 tsp each of basil, oregano and cumin. I added 1/2 tsp chili powder (yeah the stuff you use to make chili with and 1/4 tsp smoked paprika. This kicked up the flavor and made it taste perfect. I like flavorful food from all parts of the world so this is what worked with me and my family's tastebuds. But yeah, it definitely needs a bit more spice. I'll definitely be making this again with my revisions. Good luck! And thank you Paula Deen! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Decided to make this casserole, of course I had to make it my own way. I had only two cans of diced tomatoes and a can of diced tomatoes with green peppers and onions. I cooked the noodles as directed, after completion I buttered noodles and set aside. After browning and seasoning the ground meat I added the three cans of tomatoes and let it simmer for twenty minutes. I poured half the noodle beef mixture in the dish, then added 1c of cheddar cheese and 1c of mozzarella cheese. I continued the process. That's my take on this dish, get a recipe use some steps and create your own to fulfill your taste buds. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was easy to make and doesn't take too long. My whole family a I loved it. This will be made often. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This easy to make and delicious meal was a hit with my family. I did alter it by add in an eight ounce package of sharp cheddar cheese when mixing the beef and macaroni. Then I added another eight ounce package of Mexican mix cheese. I'm especially glad I mixed in the cheddar because it gave the mixture a flavor boost. I will definitely make this again. The next time I will also add more tomatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mother made a version of this when I was growing up. So, after many years I adapted it for my own family. We tried this version las night for the first time and I had my family comment. My wife liked my version much better and my son liked this one better. I prefer my own. My has more flavor while this turned out kind of bland even though I spiced it a bit more than the original recipe calls for. I have some ideas about how it change to make it better and will do so next time. If it works out, I'll update the review. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good and easy to make. Loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is really good fresh out of the oven and Fantastic after a night in the fridge heated back up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of my husband's favorites! His mother used to make 'goulash' when he was a kid, which is very similar, but he said mine is better! As most everyone says, I use more of all the spices, and make sure to season everything with s&p as you are browning. So easy. And it freezes great. I always make the whole recipe and freeze half for another meal. Just defrost and heat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe but was concerned with some of the reports on a bland taste. So, I used extra sharp cheddar, Italian crushed tomatoes, and 1 can of Rotel brand tomatoes with green chilies. I also put a thin layer of cheese in the middle. My son loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made Wayne's Mac n Cheese for myself and my son. We both thought it was awesome. I like American Chopsuey and my son doesn't because of the stewed tomatoes, so this was kind of a compromise to it, but much much tastier., Bravo Wayne, Thanx for the recipe, thanx to you too Paula Deen, you taught your sons well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is one of our favorites when my son's college friends come over. However we do a couple of things differently - we use spicy Italian sausage instead of ground beef and canned Italian tomatoes instead of regular. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What an awesome, easy and inexpensive dish. I cut the recipe in half. It's just my husband and myself. Turned out great. I made it the night before. Then took it out about an hour before I cooked it. Even the leftovers were good. The next time I make it, I'm going to make the whole recipe and freeze half of it. To see if it freezes well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe and I did like it alot, however, my issue with it was prep time. The recipe stated that the prep time was eight minutes. Well I guess if you are on TV and someones else does all the slicing and dicing it may be 8 minutes, It was more like 45 minutes for me... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love the idea of this dish, but like some other reviews, it was bland. For a gal like me that cant' take spice, that says alot! I gave it four stars because I think it can be "doctored" up to be wonderful. Next time I will season the meat more, add italian style crushed tomatoes and sprinkle some sharp cheddar cheese throughout (just a little. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a hit! Love it! I also followed some recommendations and used Italian crushed tomatoes, and added extra spices. I'm not much for measuring, but I added a liberal amount of chili powder, Italian seasoning, cumin, crushed, dried garlic, garlic powder, and a little bit of basil as I'm not the biggest fan. I mixed the 3 cups of cheese into the mixture, but did sprinkle what I had left over on top. I'm making my third batch today actually. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recommendations and added more spices. Instead of 1 tsp I added 1 Tbsp of each spice and about 4 cloves of garlic. It was delish! Will def be making it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Whoever Wayne is, I want to marry him! Mac n' cheese is my favorite food in the world, and has been since I was maybe 4 years old. I have a great standard recipe that I use all the time, but I love trying other more unique ones to supplement my repertoire - this one was definitely a winner. It makes a ton of food, which is great because I love making dishes and freezing the leftovers. I don't usually look to Paula Deen for recipes because she typically uses SO much butter, oil, and other fatty ingredients. But this one is perfect. I used ground beef the first time I made it, but I have made it since with ground chicken or turkey to cut back on fat since there is so much cheese. Love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good but bland and I added extra spices. Next time I will add more cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
FABULOUS!! Make this at least twice a month! Added Italian stewed tomatoes for more flavor. Awesome recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good, very much like what I grew up with called "chili mac". I think everyone can ajust seasonings to personal taste, including customizing your own cassarole. Great base! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love that this was quick and easy to make. Loved that it had very little ingredients and tasted delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
By far the favorite go-to dish for dinner. Everyone in the house loves it. Enough for leftovers the next day as well. Very, very tasty!! I must have made this dish a dozen times already. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very good, easy and delicious! I substituted red peppers instead of green peppers due to my husband's preference. Served with garlic bread and a salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i loved it simple and easy great to feed a group, very tasty just the way it is thanks Mrs.Deen p.s love your shows too ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
BEST new recipe that I have tried! Fed 9 people with left overs! And we are big eaters! Everyone LOVED it! Even my picky 5 year! My husband is laying on the couch unable to move he ate so much! I changed nothing and it was perfection! You are the BEST Paula Deen!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
4.5 STARS I used a little less green pepper and onion and a little less oregano and more cumin. We thought this was geat!!! (Had to add a small amount of water before adding the cheese, for an improved consistency) A nice change from the regular goulash I make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous!!! This has become a fan favorite in the house. I used whole tomatoes instead of crushed and mashed them to the consistency I liked. This has become a great go to meal using both ground beef, turkey and chicken. I seasoned every layer which is what I think really took the flavor to another level. item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent. on a real thin budget and this was great. i had to use tomato paste instead of the crushed tomatoes ( which are PRICEY) and I a little water to it.....it was wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loves this recipe. Great for watching the game! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Many of Paula Deen's recipes look like such yummy food, but frankly, obesity is a big thing in the U.S. and I don't want to be a part of this. However, this is one of the recipes I did modify to be healthier, which I've gotten rave reviews. Instead of regular pasta, use a whole wheat pasta or a rice pasta. The latter is gluten free. I use an organic grassfed ground sirloin, organic marinara sauce (instead of tomato sauce, organic corn, organic spinach, organic red kidney beans for extra fiber, and gluten free turkey meatballs (party sized. At the end, I top the casserole with a raw shredded cheddar cheese (this is white. It's really not a lot of cheese and way less than what Paula's recipe calls for. No one really even misses this dish not saturated in fatty cheese, because of the wonderful flavors of the meat & veggies. This recipe is a hit with adults & children alike. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum - real comfort food item not reviewed by moderator and published
We eat this all the time! Occasionally we make it spicy by adding a can of Rotel and sprinkle some red pepper flakes on top. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would have given this recipe a 4 1/2 stars but that is not an option. This is a great recipe for a large family. My family of 7 absolutely loved it. The only change I will make next time is add a little more salt and some tomatoe sauce it was a little dry. I also added cheese inside the mixture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this and while it was good, something was missing. Tomato sauce is not called for in the recipe but I think a small can will add some lacking tomato taste. Flavored diced tomatoes and cheese in the mix will definitly help. I think I will also add some cream cheese for smoothness and a touch more salt to hike up the seasoning. I wrote the recipe from the show,so I only used 1 lb of meat. I enjoyed the fact that meat and the pasta maintained their separateness while coming together for a great dish. It is a good base dish that we can make our own depending on what our tastes are. Thanks Paula for letting us be creative! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was absolutely delicious! The only thing I would recommend would be to saute the veggies in a smaller, separate skillet, because I thought it was too many things to combine into one pan. Also, this dish makes a ton of food, so bring the family or friends over to help you out with this one!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pretty good dish. Makes a huge portion! Big bang for you buck. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added extra can of Rotel, extra cheese inside the mix and some red peppers to add zing. My family loved it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the mac & cheese last night for dinner. I liked it. It was really like a glorified Hamburger Helper, but fresher. I followed the recipe and thought it had just the right amount of spice, cheese and liquid. I would make this again, but as Paula is on this episode with her sons, I do think this is more of a guy grub than anything. As always, Paula never disappoints! Thanks for another great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making this same basic recipe since I was about 15 years old. Really! I started cooking at age 12, a little earlier with my mom. I don't remember how I came up with it, but it just so unded good at the time. We (my family) just called it slop back then, but everyone loved it, especailly my dad. I use a little more spice/herbs and mix in a lot of the cheese right into the meat and macaroni and I do believe it gives it a lot of flavor. It's funny how people get the same ideas at different times in their lives. After all, every recipe has to start somewhere and a lot of people do think a lot. Thanks for sharing this recipe with everyone, Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added lean smoked turkey sausage instead of burger and some fresh thyme. Delicious! I'm going to add some home grown jalapeno and hot salsa today. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree with one of the other comments on here, that mixing some of the cheese in with the macaroni and beef gives it more flavor and maybe add more house seasoning to the meat. With that done, my kids and husband love it :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
For those who thought the recipe was little bland or needed more seasoning... you might try 1/4 c. Goya Sofrito. That's what I did and was is PHENOMENAL. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great when you add more seasoning and I also use freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese to add even more flavor. You MUST taste it before adding into the noodles because if the sauce doesn't taste good, adding the noodles certainly isn't going to help. My mother-in-law loved it so much, she asked for the recipe, with my additions of course. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe as written (no changes) and it needed more seasoning! I agree with some of the previous suggestions of adding cheese to the mac and beef mixture before topping with more cheese. I think this needs some peppers for a spicy kick. If I were to try this again, I would try crumbling cooked cornbread in the mac and beef mixture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe which turned out so-so. The tomatoes need to be drained, and the cheese needs to be incorporated into the mixture before baking. Too much cheese on top of this made it oily on top and blah on the bottom. I'd make changes if I were to make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a tomato girl but I wanted to make a Beefy Mac and Cheese for my hubby because he was working so hard outside and I wanted to cook a "real" meal. I followed the recipe except I used half and half instead of tomatoes. I added chili powder and some velveta along along with the other cheese. It was very good. Thanks again Paula and guys. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I decided to make this because it sounded like my mom's recipe for this dish, which I couldn't find. I have to agree with the other reviewers who found this dry and bland. It could have used more canned tomatoes and double the seasonings (except for the cumin, which completely overpowered all the other flavors). item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've prepared this dish 4-5 times now and it is a hit! I have my 26-yr. old twin sons over for dinner every Tuesday night along with one's wife and usually a friend or two! This is one of the favorites! I substitute brown rice macaroni to make it just a little healthier...and I also freeze enough for 4 to have on hand for anyone who needs a meal! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My whole family loves this dish. It is simple comfort food. I make this dish for friends who are ill and there is just enough spiciness that it is tasty without being overpowering. I add chili flake and extra spice to my own as well as a can or two of fireroasted tomatos with chili. It is just enough Mexican seasoning to take away from the traditional Italian or goulash I make. It is just different enough in flavor to blend beautifully with the cheddar or jack cheese. I do mix extra cheese throughout in addition to the top. please do not call it mac and cheese though, delicious as it is. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this to be really bland and doesn't really live up to being a type of Mac N Cheese. I think of Mac N Cheese as cream and delicious, this was not either. The baked cheese on top was alright, but there was no kick to it, no flavor to the rest. I even doubled up on the herbs and spices just to make sure there would be a kick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We just got 40 inches of snow over a 4 day period in Baltimore so I had nothing to do but cook and watch the Food Network. THIS IS THE ULTIMATE COMFORT FOOD.....WOW! I will be making this over and over. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor of this recipe was great, however the cheese should be mixed into the mixture and then sprinkled on top as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mom and I get bored with the same stuff for dinner each week, but my dad and my brother are really picky eaters. So we decided to try this recipe and we all loved it! We tried it following the original recipe and we liked it, but we revised it to suit our family. If you want it more moist i suggest you put two 16 oz cans of crushed tomatoes in the mixture instead of just 3 cups. This is now one of our favorite new recipes to make every couple of weeks! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
turned out delish! my husband and i loved it and kept going back for 2nds and 3rds.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this once as written. The family thought the meat overpowered the dish, didn't like the cumin, and thought it was too dry. Everyone is a critic...regardless I gave it another try following the recipe and used 1 lb hamburger, added 3 stalks of chopped celery, 2 undrained cans of petite diced tomatoes, and a can of cream of mushroom soup with the beef mixture. Added to that white cheddar that was in the fridge and about to turn, and some parmesean cheese. Used one tsp of italian seasoning, 1 tsp dry mustard, 1 tsp paprika and a dash of chili powder and cayenne pepper to season. Topped with another cup of cheddar cheese. It was great modified using what I had on hand. The family loved it, as did a friend who happend to be over. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this twist on mac n beef. The cheddar cheese makes it so yummy. It reminded me of goulash, and had great flavor. Nice comfort food for winter also. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very good. My kids loved it (minus the cheese topping for them) It had a mexican/taco taste to it which I loved. I used 1 pound of ground Turkey and it was plenty of meat. I think I might try it without the cumin and add Italian style tomatoes the next time-I think that is where the mexican flavor is coming from item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used 3 15 oz cans of Italian chopped tomatoes , it has more flavor than regular canned tomatoes, because it comes with basil and garlic in it, also I used a tablespoon of red pepper flakes. I blended this together as well as the rest of the herbs and used salt and pepper to taste. I substituted a bag of mixed italian cheeses for the cheddar. It was really good!!!! I almost always tweek things and use the recipe as a guide more than anything else. We all have diffrent taste buds, so use what you like!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did have to add more sauce and cheese, but it was a good dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really enjoyed how simple but delicious this recipe was. The smell of onions, green pepper and garlic, had my dogs circling the kitchen like vultures. So good and just makes you feel like mom cooked it. Great dish to make when you had an awful day, or its cold and rainy. I could only find a crushed tomatoes in a 20 ounce can. I set aside the left over 4 ounces. The next day, I cut the top crust of cheese off and mix the left over tomatoes back in the macaroni then place the cheese top back on top. Was better the second day. Yes, the dogs were back in the kitchen again, wanting to know if Bobby and Jaime could have this canned for dogs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor is delicious! Tasty. It needs to be more saucy. I will try it again and add tomato sauce as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just love this recipe, the only thing I do extra is add cheese to the mixture before I bake it OMG!!! Thanks Paula!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is quick, easy, makes a lot and is very very good. I will be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was simple and tasty. Mine wasn't dry at all. Maybe a little greasy, in fact. But I immediately noticed that two pounds of ground beef to one pound of pasta seemed like a bit much. I used only one pound of beef and followed the rest of the recipe. The kids still left piles of meat on the plate but we really did enjoy it. I guess some of us just have to figure half the meat/butter/cheese when we're dealing with Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves it when I make this dish! It is full of flavor and easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a very easy dish to make. I read some reviews before making it and added some rotel and parmesan cheese. Next time I will put the cheese in the dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loved it. I brought 1/2 of the dish to my Mother In-Laws, she just came out of the hospital. She couldn't wait to call me and rave about it. She had 3 meals for her and a few friends that came to visit. ( Easy & Great made the day before). Thanks Pauls for another fabulous recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recepie! I added more tomatoes and replaced the bell peppers with zuchinni and my boyfriend loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this dish was very tasty. It had great flavor. I not only had seconds, but thirds, and then again for lunch the next day. Next time, I will add more cheese. My husband and daughter were not a fan of all the onion and green pepper, but they are picky by nature. I halved the recipe because it is only us three. I will make again, probably for a family get together or family reunion. The spices gave it a flavor I've never had before. Great!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I DON'T LIKE TO COOK MUCH, BUT I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE! I DIDN'T HAVE TWO CANS OF CRUSHED TOMATOES, SO I ADDED ONE CAN OF ROTEL W/JALAPENOS AND OMG IT TOPPED IT OFF. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best casserole I ever made. My son visting from Irac and his girlfriend thought this was the best! I will make it over and over again. It was easy and filled you up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for some thing new and easy. And I absolutely love this. Its one of my new favorites! Thanks Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is great when you have a lot of people to feed but don't have hrs to spend on dinner. It is also wonderful if your not used to cooking yet want to make something other then hamburger helper..lol item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was very good and easy.i have to use a different pasta shape because my husband doesn't like elbow shape (men).I have made this several times and it is always great.I do add more cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for the first time, however I did add more cheese and more crushed tomato and my husband loved it. He said I should make this recipe when we go on our family vacation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We had this for dinner tonight and my family really enjoyed it. I did make a few modifications (thanks to some of the other reviewers suggestions). 1. We are not fans of garlic, so I left this out. 2. I added one can of sweet corn (drained). 3. I used 5 cups canned crushed tomatoes (3 cups, in the original recipe was not enough). 4. I added 1/2 of a regular size can of tomato sauce. 5. I lowered the onion to 1 1/2 cups (from 2). 6. I added 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar to the beef mixture and went with 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese on the top. I had to bake this a little longer ... 30-35 minutes, and I also had to use an 11x14 dish, with a little left over (I am going to stuff 3 green peppers with the leftover tomorrow evening). I wouldn't want to have this all the time, but my family certainly enjoyed this dish. Some are hit and miss, and they never know what they are going to get with a new recipe, but this was a winner. If you are happy with the original listed ingredients, the only thing I would suggest is to add more crushed tomatoes. There just wasn't enough, IMO. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched this recipe on TV and made it exactly as called for. When you add the large can of crushed Tomatoes it needed some Italian Seasoning. If I ever make it again I would add more seasoning and Garlic.to give it some PEP. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! All 3 of my kids love this recipe! I added grated white cheddar to this recipe which was great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love the beef and Macaroni receipe, it reminds me of home and my childhood. We always called it plain and simply macaroni and hamburg. Mom always made a lot because there were 8 of us,and is economical and filling. Its great to see it on TV. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great. Simlar to what my Mom used to do: After having Stuff Bell Pepper, using Hamburger and rice stuffed into Bell pepper cups, Putting them in a slow cooker (Mom used to do it on the stove) and adding a couple large cans of diced tomatoes, simmering all day long. But the biggest treat was the next day left overs. Mom would cook up the elbow mac and then cut up the left over bell pepper (she always made more than what we would eat so we would have the left overs) Once the mac is done, she would drain it and mix it into the pepper mix, stir and heat up. It was so good. This recipe I used with my moms recipe, but this time I added the cheese and baked. YUM. I love you Paula Dean. Keep on cooking.....My Grandchildren love this meal item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe has become one of my favorites. We have a family of six plus we have a lot of extended family over. This is quick and easy to make. Also fairly cheap to make. It was even a hit with my 4 picky children. I would definitely recommend! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was really looking for a delicious beef and Mac dish but this just wasn't it. I did cut it in half but followed the recipe closely. It came out dry and bland. I did put some parmesan cheese on it and that made it much better. If I every made it again, I would definitely put the cheese in it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this receipe on the internet at my mother in laws house. I watched Wayne make it with you and I just had to try it. Everything that was in it my family likes. So I made it and my family loved it. They even said it smelled good in the oven. It was easy to make. I cut the receipe in half because I thought a whole receipe would be to much for the 4 of us. My husband said it was missing a spice but we couldn't put our finger on it. I loved the way it looked when I took it out of the oven. It made you want to eat it and make it again and again. Maybe next time I make it I'll add more of the cumin,oregano and basil. A fantastic and easy receipe to make. Just loved it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I chose to cut this recipe in half and it turned out great....I added just a bit more than "half" the amount of crushed tomatoes--moisture seemed to be right. I used a Mexican blend of cheeses. When served for the first time to my 2 grandbabies, the four year old promptly said, "this is the best meal I've ever had!" We now call it Charlie's Favorite dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can not say enough about how wonderful this recipe is. Once a week I cook for 3 families, single moms with seriously ill children. This recipe was so easy to make in bulk. By the time I delivered all the food, I rushed back home and scarfed up my own portion. Thanks so much Wayne! Michelle J. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is so delicious, but so dry. After adding a jar of tomato sauce it is just amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family really liked this recipe,I cut down a little on the bell pepper and added celery,I doubled up on the spices,I will for sure make this meal again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for the first time tonight as a quick dinner for my family. They ate it quickly and want me to make it again soon. I did think there would be too many onions and green peppers, but I trusted the recipe and followed it closely (except that I used a bit more cheese on top) and it came out wonderfully well. Thanks to the Deen family and Wayne. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made it for the first time and my sweet heart thought it didn't have enough season. I spiced it up and it was great. I will make it again, i will have to half it because the recipe was to much for us. Phillip Berry Anniston, AL item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is honestly one of my favorite recipes!!! It makes alot so it can feed my whole family for a few days if need be. Plus it tasts wonderful!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is wonderful. I cannot express how much we enjoyed making and eating this dish!!!! I did add a little more cumin and a can of diced green chilies, the "spice" it added was perfect!! Good recipe!!! I recommend this to EVERYONE!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband doesn't like eating mac and cheese unless it has meat in it. I was so happy when I found this recipe and even happier when my husband LOVED it! I usually add a few extra things...not because it needs it, but because I want to add my own little flair. I might add other veggies to it, and use steak seasoning in the beef...whatever I feel like that night. And I normally use a couple different kinds of cheese. Great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added more tomatoes and mushrooms. It has a good light taste, just right in my opinion. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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