this recipe. not because it is gourmet. because it isn't. not because it is vegetarian & promoted at whole foods. because it's not that either. but it is a true to goodness casserole. you will feel like a pro. you will feel prepared for any church potluck sprung on you, last minute. you will feel like a real girl (as in pinocchio feels like a real boy).
1 lb. mac & cheese (this is straight from the recipe book. i don't know how to even figure out if i have a pound of mac & cheese. i just used 2 boxes & it was perf.)
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 T. chili powder
1 (16-oz) can diced tomatoes in juice
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
salt & pepper to taste
preheat oven: 350
prepare mac & cheese according to directions on the box. brown beef. drain. add chili powder, s&p, & onion. add tomato and juice. simmer for 5 minutes; add corn & stir. mix with macaroni. (for this step, i just used my 9x13 pan and added 1/2 macaroni & then beef mixture. mixed together & added a little more until it all was in the pan & mixed together) top with grated cheese. (i did a cheddar/ mozzarella mix...because that is what we had...but it was great!) bake for approximately 30 minutes (or until cheese is melted).
this isn't an exciting meal. but it is exciting for a wednesday. or you know, one of those days when you want something easy + tasty. and you are really hoping for leftovers. because you will have some. for us, it isn't a huge problem because shawn eats like a elephant. (you thought i was going to say horse, right? no, it's way past that. elephants eat over 150 lbs of food a day. shawn is in their league.)
this casserole would be perfect paired with a lettuce salad & garlic bread.
well, let me know if you try it! i am a sucker for tried and true recipes. and i am proud to say this would fall in that category.