Cheesy Beef & Macaroni Casserole

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This Cheesy Beef & Macaroni Casserole is easy to put together and it boasts big flavor!  We’ve made this recipe countless times and everyone in my family raves about it!

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cheese and beef macaroni casserole on plate

I love macaroni and cheese any which way you serve it…  whether it’s super creamy and oven baked or cooked up in the crock pot I just can’t get enough!

This Cheesy Beef & Macaroni Casserole is a very simple to put together yet it boasts big flavor!  I’ve added in green pepper but this recipe is easy to modify based on what’s in your fridge (and your own personal preferences).  Any type of peppers, chopped zucchini or sliced mushrooms would be amazing in this casserole.

There is nothing fancy in this recipe but it just tastes like .. home. :)  Good ol’ comfort food!

cheese and beef macaroni casserole in baking dish

Items You’ll Need for This Recipe

* macaroni *  9×13 casserole dish * tomato sauce *


Cheesy Beef & Macaroni Casserole being served
5 from 89 votes
Review Recipe

Cheesy Beef & Macaroni Casserole

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This Cheesy Beef & Macaroni Casserole is an easy to put together and it boasts big flavor! We’ve made this recipe countless times and everyone in my family raves about it!


  • 1 pound dry macaroni noodles or similar
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes 28 oz
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 3-4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon dry basil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • ¼ cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley divided

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cook noodles for ¾ of time according to package. (My noodles said 9 minutes so I cooked them for 6). Drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Meanwhile, brown beef, garlic & onion in a frying pan. Drain.
  • Combine green peppers, beef, noodles, tomatoes, tomato sauce & paste, basil, salt & pepper, 1 cup of cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley. Pour into a 9×13 casserole dish.
  • Combine remaining cheeses & 1 tablespoon of parsley. Sprinkle on top of casserole. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is browned!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 537, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 484mg, Potassium: 516mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 800IU, Vitamin C: 21mg, Calcium: 377mg, Iron: 2.8mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword macaroni casserole
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Slightly adapted from Wayne’s Beef Macaroni

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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