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Southwestern Mac and Cheese
Southwestern Mac and Cheese

Southwestern Mac and Cheese

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Cook Minutes 1 Hr
Prep : 25 Min Cook: 35 Min
Chili-style diced tomatoes give this hearty mac and cheese casserole its distinctive Southwestern appeal.
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8 Servings
Original recipe yields 8 Servings
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4 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 lb. (450 g) extra-lean ground beef
1 each green and red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup Kraft Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tuscan Italian Dressing
2/3 cup flour
4 cups milk
3 cups Cracker Barrel Shredded Old Cheddar Cheese
1 tsp. Heinz Dijon Mustard
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 can (19 fl oz/540 mL) chili-style diced tomatoes, drained
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Step 1
Heat oven to 350°F.
Step 2
Cook macaroni as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile, brown meat with bell peppers in large skillet; drain.
Step 3
Heat dressing in large saucepan. Add flour; cook and stir 1 min. or until bubbly. Gradually whisk in milk; cook and stir 6 to 8 min. or until thickened. Add cheese, mustard and black pepper; cook and stir 2 min. or until cheese is melted and mixture is well blended.
Step 4
Drain macaroni. Add to cheese sauce; mix well. Stir in meat mixture and tomatoes. Spoon into casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray.
Step 5
Bake 25 to 35 min. or until golden brown and sauce is bubbly. Let stand 2 min. before serving.
Kraft Kitchen Tips!
Special Extra
Add a few drops of Sriracha sauce (hot chili sauce) to the cheese sauce before stirring in the macaroni.
How to Thaw Ground Beef Safely
To thaw ground beef safely, keep the meat wrapped and thaw it in the refrigerator -- not on the countertop. Store on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator to prevent any drippings from cross-contaminating other foods. Use thawed meat within 2 days.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value
Fat 22 g
Saturated fat 11 g
55 %
Cholesterol 80 mg
Sodium 880 mg
37 %
Carbohydrate 61 g
Fibre 4 g
Sugars 13 g
Protein 34 g
Vitamin A
25 %
Vitamin C
70 %
40 %
30 %
8 servings, 2 cups (500 mL) each
Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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