BEEFY MAC AND CHEESE

I love meals where all of the goodies come together to form one pot or dish of goodness.  I’m a huge fan and have shared some of my favorites over the years like Guyanese Cook-up Rice, Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya, Stewed Chicken Pasta, Beefy Baked Penne, One Pot Pesto Pasta and Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp “Pelau.” It should come as no surprise that I have yet another to share!  Fact – I love macaroni and cheese, I mean who doesn’t?  Add seasoned ground beef and you have upped the ante a bit.  Don’t get me wrong, macaroni and cheese is a dish that holds its own but it’s nice this way as well.  I use my classic macaroni and cheese recipe and added spicy browned ground beef which adds a spicy, meaty flavor to the dish, hence the name beefy mac and cheese.  I’ve made this quite a bit and it’s one of the few meals that I don’t have to fight with my 6 year old to eat so it’s a winner in my book.  For this dish I kept it simple and stuck to using a good sharp cheddar cheese which gives the dish that cheesy flavor that you’re looking for in a good macaroni and cheese.  The meat is cooked with onions, garlic, cayenne and black pepper then added to the macaroni and cheese,  I then cover it with a heaping pile of cheese and bake it up until the cheese has melted and bubbling.  Beefy mac and cheese is great on its own but it you’re trying to have a little green on your plate you can add roasted broccoli, asparagus or whichever vegetable you prefer!

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