Meaty Macaroni and Cheese
20 mins (prep 20)
12 ingredients
4 servings
Quickie meal that is loved by kids (and Dad's) alike. This isn't gourmet or fancy- just good ol' fix it fast and fill their bellies food! Kind of a copycat Hamburger Helper- but so much better! This is a 'base' recipe for the start of a healthier and fast meal that is kid and family friendly, budget friendly and uses things that are probably in your kitchen already. Perfect for those times you find your house FULL of hungry teens! Will feed four very easily- or one or two hungry teenagers! lol Posting bc yesterday my dd said "Mama, can we have Macaroni and hamburger meat tonite?" and Mama said "No baby, I have to fix a recipe I tagged on Zaar." to which she replied "Mama, you need to post that recipe on Zaar and tell everyone that kids like it- and Dad said "AND DADS TOO!" so this is for my family! Hope your family enjoys it too! and that is saves you some stress on a busy night! PLUS, this is a great carrier for those dreaded veggies when you find your kids (dads too) seem to turn their noses up to otherwise. HIDE those veggies in the cheese! lol Think peas, carrots, zucchini, etc NOTE: Instead of the box mix you can use my homemade recipe for mac and cheese Mama's Best Macaroni and Cheese

Categories:  pasta,-rice-and-grains , copycat , north-american , comfort-food , taste~mood , quick , cheese , pasta , elbow-macaroni , eggs~dairy , time-to-make , novelty , <-30-mins , lunch~snacks , easy , kid-friendly , main-dish , american , meat , inexpensive ,
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Serving Size (69.03 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 239.16 Calories from Fat 114.03
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12.67g 77.97%
Saturated Fat 2.81g 56.25%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 5.18mg 6.9%
Sodium 200.25mg 33.38%
Total Carbohydrate 27.89g 37.19%
Dietary Fiber 4.75 g 75.95%
Sugars 5.99 g %
Protein 5.91g 47.29%
Vitamin A 596.79IU% Vitamin C 19.27mg%
Calcium 208.28mg% Iron 1.23mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
macaroni and cheese mix, ground turkey, celery ribs, salt and pepper