This comfort food recipe will not only take you back to your childhood nights at the dinner table, your own kids will love it, as well.
Some nights, you really just want to make something that reminds you of being a kid—and something you know your kids will love today. Try this great comfort food recipe—Hamburger Macaroni and Cheese Casserole—tonight!
Servings: Six large servings, but add a veggie and salad on the side, and you will easily get at least eight smaller servings (it is a great lunch the next day, by the way).
1/2 pound low-fat ground beef (the lower fat content, the better; you could also use ground chicken or turkey, if you prefer)
1 package (16 oz) of elbow macaroni (go for your favorite whole wheat variety to get some fiber into your family without them having a clue)
3 Tbsp. margarine or butter
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 cups low-fat milk
1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup onion, minced
2 cups Velveeta shreds
1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup bread crumbs
Brown ground beef; drain and set aside. Cook pasta al dente, according to package directions; pour into colander to drain. Preheat oven to 350°F. In the same pan you used to cook your pasta, melt margarine. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in milk, then evaporated milk. Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat, until sauce thickens. Stir in salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders, dry mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Add onion and cheese; stir until cheese melts. Stir pasta into the cheese sauce; stir browned ground beef into the pasta-cheese mix. Spoon the mixture into a greased 2-quart baking dish. Top with bread crumbs. Bake 30 minutes, or until bread crumbs are golden brown.
Image: From the Kitchen of Mechele R. Dillard