Use a smaller can though and reserve some of the pasta water to add to the casserole, if needed for moisture. Condensed tomato soup would work too. Hope that helps! This was a success and I am not a cook. I used Velveeta shells and we put sour cream on top. Jiffy corn muffins would have been so good with this. Thank you for this recipe. You're welcome Tonya! It's a great little casserole that we love. Glad you enjoyed it too!! You are amazing! I've been looking for an easy ground beef dish and this totally blew my mind! Everyone loved it! I doubled the dish to accommodate for my family and I actually have a lot of leftovers!
Thank you so much for publishing this and I will definitely make it again! You're welcome Kristin! Glad y'all enjoyed it!! I just love this casserole - so glad y'all did too! Thank you I hardly put in any hot stuff So glad they are enjoying it! I guess I'm a kid at heart because I love this casserole too.
I will love to make Mc and cheese casserole. For my family and grandkids , my grand babies love mc and cheese this is a good way to put meat in there diet. Thank you Mary I love your recipes. I also left out the seasoned salt, as it tasted plenty salty to me. It was delicious! The Rotel gives it quite a kick which we like around here. I think you could add a cup or so of thawed frozen corn to make it a one-pot meal, but it's great just the way it is. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Isn't it a great little recipe to have on hand?
We are empty nesters but I still love this one, blue box and all!! This recipe was so good! I'm glad I used cheddar cheese on top instead of pepper jack because it was pretty spicey with the rotel tomatoes I used original rotel , not sure which is milder the Original or Mild?
I served cornbread with it and it was wonderful! I will try it the next time with regular diced tomatoes. Thanks for your great recipes! You're very wecome! I just love this casserole too!! The original Rotel is spicier than the mild, and in fact, I swear it's even more spicy than it used to be! I usually pick up the mild these days. It's also very good with regular diced tomatoes and then you can add a bit of chili powder to spice it up just a bit. When I use those I usually add in a little bit of Cajun seasoning too. Oh my goodness! This is my third time making this and it is soooo good!
We don't have Rotel in Canada although I usually stock up when I'm down home which is ok since I'm feeding toddlers. I just add hot red peppers to my dish when I serve it up. So yummy. I made this tonight. Everything I've made from your site has been fantastic. Cheers to Southern cooking! Thanks so much Jill! This is such a simple casserole but we sure love it - I'm so glad you enjoyed it too! I did not care for this recipe.
The recipe "as is" is very bland. I added a little extra cheese Cheddar and Monterrey Jack into the beef mixture as well as extra garlic and chili powder to improve the flavor. The noodles were soggy even though I cooked them for the minimum cooking time.
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Wow, so sorry to hear that your experience was so different from most of my readers. They, and we, LOVE this recipe. I make it often and it's delicious! Let's see what could have gone wrong for you, To say that something is "bland" means that it lacked flavor and flavor often means seasoning. I truly don't know how you could get bland from Rotel tomatoes as I suggest - unless you don't like the heat of course , chili powder, seasoning salt, the Trinity of onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic, and pepper jack NOT monterey jack cheese!
Seems very unlikely to me that you would get a "bland" result out of all of that! The recipe also calls for "ground beef" not "lean" ground beef. If you used a very lean ground beef, that does not have much fat in it. Fat equals flavor and when subbing in lean meat anytime, you have to make up for that with seasonings, or your dish will be bland from the lack of fat. Did you taste the casserole before baking it and adjust for seasonings? Bland flavor means lack of seasonings and seasonings are always only a suggestion in a recipe and always a personal preference - what I like to season with you may not like so you should always adjust for that with any recipe as you like, to suit your own taste!
Did you possibly overcook the noodles? When using any pasta in a casserole you want to cook it the minimum amount of time - in other words, slightly undercooked. Soggy noodles sounds like you may have overcooked them when you boiled them and possibly did not allow them to drain well.
It also could be from generic mac and cheese - never had that experience with Kraft brand - plus Kraft, well, it simply tastes better than most generics that I have tried personally. Did you make any other adjustments to the recipe as written? Or did you follow it exactly for the first time you made it? It's hard to truly judge a recipe when you make even minor adjustments to it the first time you make it.
You should always follow the recipe exactly without any variations the first time. Then you will know what to adjust to make it your own the next time. I hope some of these suggestions will help the next time you make something similar. While I do understand not everybody will like every single recipe that I post, I am a bit of a perfectionist and very picky about the work I share here. I still stand by this recipe, when followed as written, as have many of my readers!
Thanks for stopping by to comment and next time, please leave your name! God I love this casserole. Ultimate comfort food.
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Was making it for a friend who just lost their grandmother, and last minute decided to double the recipe so there would be one for me. So easy and mouth-wateringly delicious I always use the Rotel option and Monterrey Jack cheese on top. Thanks for sharing!
Made this tonight, was amazing!
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I subbed cumin for chili powder just a very small amount, and used garlic roasted tomatoes was so yummy. I just can't believe it was this good from a box of kraft mac n cheese Can't wait to make it again! I know, right?! I guess it's nostalgia. Kraft really is the best!
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I really love the casserole though - it really transforms the box into something super delicious! I will try this recipe tonight It looks so yummy! I will let you know how it turned out. I stumbled upon your site today in search of ground beef recipes. I settled on this recipe as I already had everything on hand.
I'll be honest, despite the comments from the people who enjoyed it, I was hesitant that I would "love" a dish that seemed too simple and I was expecting something mediocre. I'd eat my words if I thought I could fit them in my stomach. I thought it was great. Delicious, inexpensive, and easy. Yes, I DO love it! I'll have to check out more of your recipes!
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Thank you! Oh my goodness, thanks for the laugh!! I'm so glad you gave it a try! Snowed in today so googled ground beef recipes and came across this recipe and it was a hit! Me and my husband were so full but couldn't stop eating it. I can so totally relate to that Jules! We always have a box or three around for the grandkids because of course, they love the stuff, but this is one of the ways I make it "adult friendly" lol!! You are a lifesaver: I browned extra ground meat and the night I wanted to use it I realized I had no cream soups, and no gravy mixes so I hit up google!
And it was like the heavens opened up and you were my personal angel! The best part, it was my 47 year old 'kid' who raved the most about this! Thanks so much. You're welcome Megan!
Ok, it should be a felony to eat something this good and easy!! No, I take that back because I'd be a repeat offender and my momma always said breaking the law is wrong and I'm too pretty for prison! Don't you just love momma's and their biases! I think this would be great with your skillet cornbread too! I put a few dashes of Tabasco on my helping and it was off to the races for me.
We all enjoyed this very much and are looking forward to making this again real soon. Thank you so much! You're so welcome Mellie! This is in regular rotation at our house - I'm so glad to hear y'all enjoyed it too!! My husband is SO picky and he turned his nose up when I was cooking this. It's one of his favorite meals now. I live in Louisiana and love all of your recipes.
My mom hated to cook and never really taught me any from scratch recipes, so you're my redemption with all your great recipes. I feel like a REAL cook now. Can't wait to order your cookbook. Thank you!! Digging through the fridge, remembered this recipe when I found 2 cups already made leftover blue box mac and cheese, a very scant pound of beef leftover from making hamburgers 3 nights ago, and some old pepper jack sliced cheese that never got used. Added another blue box and extra onions, bell peppers and garlic.
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Had to use Harris Teeter's Mexican style stewed tomatoes and a jalapeno minced in place of rotel: What a great way to use leftover mac and cheese! At our house if it's more than 1 day old, my crew won't eat it. It was probably a whole bunch more mac and cheese because of the extra, but we absolutely loved it!
Thought for certain the pepperjack cheese was too much extra heat, but husband just commented that he likes it better the more he eats it! I used rotel tomatoes and the tomato sauce. Husband love it, I will definitely make it again. Thanks for taking the time to comment - I love hearing from readers and I read every single comment and try to respond to them right here on the site, so stop back by!
I also reserve the right to edit, delete or otherwise exercise total editorial discretion over any comments left on this blog. Add To Shopping List. Make It Tap or click steps to mark as complete. Brown meat in large nonstick skillet; drain. Stir in tomatoes and seasoning; cook 5 min. Meanwhile, prepare Kraft Dinner using the Sensible Solution directions and omitting the non-hydrogenated margarine. Add Kraft Dinner to meat mixture; mix well. Spoon into 9-inch square baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with Cheddar.
View Recipe Card. Serving Suggestion Serve with a mixed green salad tossed with your favourite Kraft Dressing. Substitute Substitute dried basil leaves for the Italian seasoning. Rate this Recipe. Submit Loading Show More Reviews.