Beef, Cheese, and Noodle Bake

  • thelinz5 Posted: 09/03/09
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    after reading the reviews I decided just to use a few suggestions. I used cavatappi pasta to make it a little fancier, marinara in place of the tomato sauce & I added 1/8 t red pepper to the milk mixture. All else I kept the same. it turned out really good and not bland at all (I was really afraid of that). I didn't have time for a salad, but had some good crusty bread with it. I'm thinking the leftovers are going to be good too! Definitely a good weeknight dinner - am adding it to my recipe box.

  • lperejma Posted: 05/30/10
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    I didn't really like this recipe. There wasn't enough sauce and I found there was too much cheese. The recipe was easy to make with basic ingredients but I won't be making this again.

  • DMiller Posted: 02/24/09
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    I thought this was really good for a weeknight meal. It came together easily and was delicious. I added about 1 tsp. of italian seasoning and some garlic powder, and a pinc of crushed red pepper to give the dish a little more zing. Also, I think it is better if cooled for longer than 5 mintues, I let it sit for about 15 minutes. I will definitely be making this again.

  • tgay1646 Posted: 04/15/10
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    Great solid recipe for a weeknight meal. Definitely a healthy mac and cheese or hamburger helper substitute. I would definitely make this again, but I would spice it up a little bit next time in place of the salt. Bell peppers would also be a good addition as many other reviewers noted. It also makes great leftovers for the lunch the next day.

  • nicspoon32 Posted: 01/04/09
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    We love this recipe, with a few alterations... I use 3/4 lb of beef, and add a can of diced tomatoes. I also use jar spaghetti sauce with chopped veggies in place of tomato sauce, and add much more than the recipe calls for (probably 2 cups, but just eyeball it until it seems like a meaty sauce). super leftovers, too!

  • TLKOTWN Posted: 04/09/10
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    I found it to be somewhat bland. Definitely a good basic recipe to add to and spice up. I like the idea that someone else had with bell pepper, perhaps red ones.

  • southernblonde Posted: 10/27/10
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    My family loved this. Easy and quick and my 11-year-old, whose tastes run to chicken fingers and hot dogs exclusively, ate every bit of it. Plus we love the leftovers! I followed the advice of other reviewers and used high-quality pasta sauce instead of plain tomato sauce.

  • lksmithnj Posted: 11/17/08
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    My apologies to CL for only 2 stars, but this isn't one of their best efforts. Although it's very edible and it's quick, it was bland, somewhat dry, and very gluey due I believe to the thick cheese sauce. If you're determined to make it, try crumbled sweet italian sausage, extra tomato sauce, italian seasoning and maybe red pepper flakes. Skip making the heavy cheese sauce and sprinkle shredded cheese on top instead. That, of course, changes it into a different recipe entirely, but might be a better reward for your efforts.

  • tfoodie Posted: 06/26/09
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    My kids were begging for hamburger helper which I will NOT buy. Made this as an alternative and it was really good! Everyone loved it and went back for seconds. Alterations: I put a few shakes of ground red pepper into the beef mixture and a little more cheese on top. I forgot to preheat the oven so I just stuck it under the broiler for about 5 minutes which accomplished the desired browning. The rest was already hot so no need to bake longer. Will definitely make again!

  • momof1fromVA Posted: 11/09/08
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    I substituted ground turkey for the ground beef in this recipe and my family absolutely LOVED IT!! I have recommended this recipe to everyone I know!! Great for a quick meal on week nights.

  • snoopy66 Posted: 09/04/09
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    Good recipe. Kids and husband liked it, but it is definitely glorified beefaroni. I added extra sauce - it looked really dry with only 1 c. I didn't alter seasonings, but should have since it could have been more flavorful. Also, homemade sauce would have made it much better. I used canned which gave it a sweeter flavor. Cheese sauce is good. Cooked in dutch oven rather than pan, and used pasta pot to make cheese sauce for easier cleanup. Mine didn't brown at 350, so I turned on the broiler the last few minutes. One hour from start to table including making a salad, slicing some bread, setting table and cleaning pots and pans while it cooked! Not bad for a from scratch recipe. 4-yr old picked out the carrots, but he ate the rest. I wouldn't say this makes 8 adult servings. For younger child, older child and 2 adults we can stretch it with a decent size serving for each, although I probably put in a little more than 8 oz of pasta (around 10 oz.). I would definitely tweak the recipe a little and make again.

  • Seana131 Posted: 01/03/09
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    My family enjoyed this.

  • nancyz Posted: 08/22/09
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    Really good! My teen loved it, and so did I. We don't care for cooked carrots, so left them out altogether. Fabulous with a green salad and crusty bread. Great leftovers, too!

  • flowerfroggirl Posted: 08/18/09
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    It is pretty bland, but it does have potential for more herbs and spices.

  • MBH816 Posted: 05/14/09
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    Not the greatest. Kind of bland. Has potential for add ins. Don't overcook your mac or it will get soggy. Baked in Dutch Oven to save cleaning pans.

  • ebf9qq Posted: 09/10/09
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    When I served it, my husband said "oh, goulash!", as it seemed to resemble a dish my husband's mother made him as a child. While it is nothing fancy, it is a perfectly good recipe for hearty meal during the work week. Actually, I am sitting at my desk right now eating the leftovers for lunch. I made it with what I had on hand - ground turkey and jarred spaghetti sauce (Classico brand) and it turned out perfectly well. I may make a little extra milk sauce next time around.

  • Eadavenp Posted: 12/02/08
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    I enjoyed this recipe. My cheese sauce was a bit gritty, but overall a good recipe and very tasty!

  • AdrienneandDave Posted: 10/20/10
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    Great easy recipe! I prepped it the night before and threw it in the oven when I got home from work. Me, my husband, our 5 year old and our 17 month old loved it! Awesome for recipes too! I thought it needed way more that 1 cup of sauce, especially since mine was going to sit in the fridge overnight. I used 2 cups and it came out perfect. Will make again!!

  • Katelaine Posted: 02/05/09
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    I loved this; my husband said it tasted like Hamburger Helper. I guess it does, but I like Hamburger Helper!

  • nevacation Posted: 09/19/09
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    this was delicious and even the kids ate it. I did use ground turkey and I still think it tasted really good. I would make this again. I doubled the recipe and the leftovers were great as well. I did omit the carrots and the nutmeg.

  • cookfromsocal Posted: 01/26/09
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    Thought this was just okay. Not a lot of flavor folllowing the exact ingredients. Don't think it is worth making again.

  • Melanie102654 Posted: 03/19/11
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    We like our food wetter than most. I used a 26-oz can of spaghetti sauce instead of the can of tomato sauce the original recipe called for. Comfort food at its best.

  • BessCooksDinner Posted: 06/04/10
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    I'd recommend cooking the beef separately and draining off the fat, even if using lean ground beef. Otherwise, a good, solid starter-recipe great just as written. Change it up to a 4 star recipe by adjusting the veggies, cheese, sauce, etc. to your preferences. I added a cup (equal 2 cups raw) of Day-by-Day Vegetable Medley (MyRecipes.com) and 4 oz. of fresh baby spinach.

  • karen214 Posted: 06/12/10
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    This is now my "go to" goulash recipe. I used fresh minced garlic instead of bottled. It is great comfort food and a good choice when my grandchildren pay a visit! Very delicious!

  • primab223 Posted: 02/27/09
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    This is a good week night recipe but I found it bland, even though I added a bunch of red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. Next time, I will add a little more tomato sauce and perhaps a can of stewed tomatoes for some acidity. (And tons more red pepper!)

  • TriShacker Posted: 01/03/10
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    Good basic recipe for an everyday meal. It is nothing spectacular but it was filling and tasty. I served it with a salad. I following the directions exactly. Next time I may add some red or green bell pepper in with the onion and add more carrots so that there are more veggies.

  • CSams177 Posted: 03/03/09
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    I made this recipe for a small dinner party. Everyone went back for more. It was also very easy to prepare and didn't have to bake for 30 mins or longer. This will become a family favorite recipe.

  • SRSSEPT9 Posted: 07/24/09
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    Doesn't have much flavor at all!

  • Diannajim Posted: 09/13/09
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    Good and quick recipe, made faster if you have the money to spend on precut veggies at the grocery. However, it needed something, added salt at the end made it better. I will try this again but I will add a minced jalepeno, more garlic and black pepper. Good starter receipe, you just need to make it your own. Served with a salad and B&B, a little wine and you have a good meal with plenty of leftovers if there are only two of you.

  • Princess222 Posted: 11/09/09
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    Down with the flu my husband craved Hamburger Helper (poor man) but he can't have MSG. Happily, I found this recipe and it was great. Good comfort food and low cal. Another bonus, the sauce recipe would be good spooned over steamed broccoli.

  • jessie1326 Posted: 07/18/09
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    My husband and I loved this recipe. It's actually pretty quick and easy to make, even when I chopped my own onion. The shredded carrots add a lot of good texture, and we are always looking for ways to "sneak" extra veggies into dinner - this was perfect. With a salad and bread, it would be a great make-ahead for a dinner party or potluck.

  • jhharvey Posted: 05/19/09
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    Great for kids, it's like a homemade healthy version of Hamburger Helper. Used tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Needs a lot more spices though.

  • stephanienagel Posted: 02/10/10
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    This is great comfort food. I followed the recipe exactly w/ a few small exceptions. I used long, ridged, curly elbow noodles since my store was out of plain elbows. They take a little longer to cook, but everyone liked them. Also, the only "cooking spray" I had was for baking w/ flour in it. So, I opted to toss the noodles w/ a TBSP of butter instead of coating them w/ cooking spray. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly, and we all enjoyed it, including the leftovers. I served w/ green salad. Not fancy enough for company, but great for a weeknight dinner.

  • Irish1921 Posted: 05/27/09
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    Excellent recipe; would make again. I only baked it for 15 minutes since I was planning on reheating it later in the week for lunches/dinners. Mixed in frozen peas for color and an extra serving of veggies.

  • fittaraw Posted: 02/25/11
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    Pretty bland,didn't really care for.

  • Jenfdr Posted: 11/14/09
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    This was wonderful! A great "comfort" food....perfect for cool weather. My mom used to make something like this..... I pretty much pulverized the carrots in my food processor, so my hubby or daughter wouldn't detect them, but wanted them in there as carrots add a nice sweetness to tomato based sauces. It was a great one dish meal and I LOVED the cheese sauce for it as well. I cleaned the kitchen while it cooked--love that! Great with a green salad and bread. Will add to my favorites!

  • peaches09 Posted: 01/12/11
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    Great comfort food! This recipe is easy to make, tasty and family-friendly. It also freezes and reheats well.

  • 3sismom Posted: 09/03/09
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    I carefully reviewed the entries that called this recipe bland, so I substituted the tomato sauce with the same amount of our favorite jarred pasta sauce (Perego Traditional) which added flavor. I didn't have lowfat sharp cheddar so to cut the fat grams of regular sharp cheddar I used equal portions of sharp cheddar, part-skim mozzarella and shredded parmesan. My girls came home early from their workout so there was no time to bake...just set under broiler til browned. Outstanding! And the three of us had no problem nearly finishing it! Oh, and we had fresh baby carrots on the side since my 16-year old would have never gone for the carrots in the dish. This will replace the mac and cheese entree we have had in the past!

  • CookinVT Posted: 09/03/09
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    This was pretty good. The "boys" liked it. In fact, 3 of us ate the whole thing in one sitting. Those tricky CL portions! It would have served 4 if my hardworking BF did not have such a huge appetite!

  • WinoGina Posted: 02/21/11
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    Kid friendly, husband friendly, and waistline friendly... this is a keeper! I used a little more tomato sauce than called for, as it seemed a bit dry before I put the cheese sauce over top. It worked out well. I also used whole wheat elbow noodles and fresh minced garlic then added some parsley. I think you could add lots of different veggies to make new combinations. I served this dish with steamed green beans and everyone loved it.

  • kellergirl Posted: 01/08/10
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    Nice on a cold evening. Does take 3 pots - but you can clean up while it's baking. I will make again with some changes: either go Italian with spaghetti sauce and added oregano and basil, or Mexican with Mexican stewed tomatoes, green chillies, added chilli powder and cumin. Also will add bell pepper to onion mix. Son ate 2 servings, but rated 2.5 stars.

  • Milo01 Posted: 07/18/10
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    I really liked this dish, even my most pickest eater had seconds. I'll put it into the rotation. I used turkey instead of beef and I added some cream cheese for taste.

  • JaniceT Posted: 01/17/10
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    Addictively good, and makes for great leftovers!

  • MandyGFT Posted: 05/20/10
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    I wouldn't make this again. As other reviewers have said, it is very bland. I like the idea of it but think there are much better options out there. I did everything exactly as suggested and just was not impressed; I wish I had read the other reviews before committing myself to this.

  • jayataurn Posted: 03/02/10
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    Due to what was on hand I used whole milk and regular pre-shredded cheese. With the exception of those two items I followed the recipe exactly. I found it to be too salty. I usually don't use salt. Instead I opt for herbs and spices to add flavor. Perhaps due to the "low-fat" ingredients the recipe asked for more salt than usual. Definitely good. The hubs & kids enjoyed it and completely easy to make. Will make again.

  • Terrylady1 Posted: 04/07/10
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    This recipe was good.. kids loved it! I served it with garlic bread and a side salad. Sure beats Hamburger Helper. The only suggestion I have is to make sure you season the cheese sauce it seemed kinda bland but overall great.

  • Chainsaw Posted: 05/10/10
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    I make this at least once a week. Family loves it! We had to learn to not eat all of it at once to save some for leftovers. Kid hates vegetables and knows there are carrots in this, but doesn't care since it's all mixed up and tastes great. The only thing I alter in this recipe is that I'll use whatever tomato sauce is on hand.

  • foxegurl266 Posted: 12/07/10
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    Incredibly flavorful. Tasty! The cheese and carrots went together great. Did require quite a few pots, though.

  • SAtownmommy Posted: 06/30/10
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    This is alot of food! My husband, one year old and I ate it for three days. We enjoyed the recipe but it was a little bland so next time I will add some bell pepper. Overall very pleased with the recipe since my little girl is extreamly picky and she cleaned her plate every time we ate it.

  • shwillia Posted: 09/20/10
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    I added some mushrooms - it was very good.

  • slocook1 Posted: 03/31/11
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    This was pretty good but needed a boost in comfort factor and flavor. I substituted the cooking spray with 2 tsp of bacon fat, added 1 tb of steak sauce, used fresh onions, garlic and carrot, substituted the fat free milk with half and half and used normal cheddar instead of low fat and increased the amount to 2 cups. It made 4 realistic size servings instead 8 little ones. It was cleaned up.

  • Sonny251 Posted: 12/17/10
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    Very good and flavorful. I doubled the recipe and it came out awesome!

  • ckfaith Posted: 12/20/10
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    Very good. The cheese sauce is great, but it needs a little more flavor than tomato sauce I think.

  • lesann1 Posted: 12/09/10
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    I have made cheese sause before, this was pretty blah! I would probably do without this cheese sause and just top with cheese. Its basically a beefaroni...nobody really cared for this...not even the kids!

  • ASiress Posted: 12/01/10
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    This has become an absolute favorite around here! I also have made it for company and the kids at my son's school and everyone loves it! A few small changes are that I use ground turkey instead of ground beef, and when I pour the milk/flour/cheese mixture over the top of the meat and noodles, I do not mix it in. I spread it around evenly over the top. I think the topping absolutely makes the dish!

  • LindsayC Posted: 04/11/11
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    This dish is great with the addition of one can of diced tomatoes with garlic and oregano (drained). It adds the perfect amount of flavor and more veggies. I also mix some italian seasoned breadcrumbs with a bit of melted butter and spread on top about 5 minutes before I take it out of the oven. I gave it 4 stars because it is pretty bland as it is written, but it is a very versatile base that can be manipulated many different ways.

  • CarolinaFoodie Posted: 04/27/11
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    Good recipe BUT next time I will... Not cook the noodles as the package directs (should have caught this but didn't account for the additional cooktime in the oven so my noodles were overcooked), use less salt in the cheese sauce... it was way too salty, add more tomato sauce (about 1/4c more) or use the drained seasoned tomatoes as someone else did, and add green bell pepper for more flavor.

  • girly668 Posted: 04/19/11
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    Good! Sub'd turkey instead of beef & it turned out really well!

  • Queendeo Posted: 08/01/11
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    Delicious and easy to make, and the kids really like it.

  • No Longer Registered Posted: 08/15/11
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    This was very tasty but seemed lacking something. I think I'm comparing to three cheese casserole. But, still a good recipe. A crowd pleaser.

  • JaniceVM Posted: 10/03/11
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    Waaay better than hamburger helper. And versatile. I did add additional seasoning. I'll take reader suggestion on adding green pepper. I used flat egg noodles since I didn't have elbows and a can of diced tomatoes instead of tomato sauce.

  • Alicat417 Posted: 10/16/11
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    This dish was pretty good, and my husband liked it. I would use a little less nutmeg in the cheese sauce next time. Unlike some other reviewers, my cheese sauce came out perfectly smooth and creamy. The trick is to make sure the milk is heated and thickened before slowly adding in the cheese. I did not use reduced fat cheese, so that might have helped, too. Also, I followed some of the other reviewers advice and slightly undercooked the pasta prior to adding it to the mixture and used 2 cups of pasta sauce (instead of the 1 cup of tomato sauce). This worked out perfectly. I tasted the beef/macaroni mixture before putting it in the oven so that I could adjust the seasoning. I will probably make this dish again.

  • babyluv45 Posted: 12/27/11
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    Very tasty. All I changed up was using whole wheat pasta.

  • mescribbler Posted: 11/06/11
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    The family enjoyed it. I didn't use nutmeg and I used more salt and pepper. I also used one percent milk. The next day I sprinkled a little cayenne pepper on the leftovers.

  • chiawombat Posted: 01/20/12
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    I feel like this is a good base for a great recipe. I found it to be bland. Could use additional spices somewhere along the way. In 5 minutes of brainstorming came up with 3 different ways to make this: italian style (using more garlic, oregano and basil), bbq style (subbing bbq sauce in for tomato -- would increase sugar/calories) and sloppy joe style (would also increase sugar/calories). The cheese sauce was fab, though.

  • melshirts Posted: 02/27/12
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    I made this last night and my 1 yr old LOVED it! My 9 yr old not so much as he is hard to please. Me and hubby grubbed on it as well, but I do think it needs some cajan or some type of spice as it was a little bland. Other than that, I highly recommend this for a quick family meal!

  • KATESCOOKIN Posted: 11/07/12
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    Made it exactly as recipe was written and my family loved it. It was a great weeknight family meal, and we will make it again, for sure!

  • Hayfor22 Posted: 04/30/12
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    Good recipe. I used a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles and marinara sauce in place of the tomato sauce. Everyone loved it from my husband to my two year old. Will definatley make again.

  • BeckyJL Posted: 10/09/12
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    Enjoyed this even more the second day! Added some Italian seasoning and a little more nutmeg to the cheese sauce.

  • cookinla Posted: 09/20/12
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    I like this recipe even the 2nd time I made it, but can only give it 3 stars because as written that's probably all it deserves. I followed the advice in the reviews and with minor changes, I think it is a 4-star recipe. 1) I used marinara sauce (and 2x as much) instead of tomato sauce; 2) at least doubled the garlic 3) added some crushed red pepper; and 4) added about 1 tsp of Italian seasoning. I used the Dutch oven to make the cheese sauce which saved a pan. Also, I'm not sure how you could add the cheese sauce into the 11x7 pan AND stir, so I just put the pasta/beef mixture in the 11x7 pan until the cheese sauce is done and then stir the mixture in the Dutch oven.

  • CookinPC Posted: 10/14/12
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    Good recipe. I followed other reviewers' advice and used marinara sauce instead of plain tomato sauce. I used whole grain pasta and diced carrots. Very tasty...no complaints.

  • LadyAlethea Posted: 01/20/13
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    This recipe is DEFINITELY going into our regular rotation! I only made two changes: I only had 1c of sharp cheddar, so I used 1/2 c of the pepper jack that I had and mixed it with 1/2 c of cheddar for the sauce and used the remaining 1/2 c cheddar on the top. I also used cornstarch (1T) instead of flour for the cheese sauce, but only because it's what I had on hand. I also added a can (drained) of petite diced tomatoes. My entire family had seconds and have all suggested alterations we can try the next time I make this. Absolutely a winner!

  • JoSkeen Posted: 11/10/13
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    Kids LOVED this meal! Mom and dad loved it as well. Not fancy. Simple and perfect for a weeknight meal. Leftovers were just as good.

  • leightyde Posted: 11/23/13
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    We enjoyed this recipe. I used ground beef, but it was still good. Tabasco was a nice touch too. Erin

  • jeanbn Posted: 06/23/13
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    Yum. Great family meal!

  • SaraStone Posted: 04/21/12
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    My boyfriend's children love this recipe! Doubled up on the seasoning.

  • NatalieGo Posted: 10/16/12
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    This recipe was a huge hit with my husband and kids. The only substitution that I made was to replace the tomato sauce with spaghetti sauce, other than that I made it exactly as directed. Highly recommend!

  • Pogogirl Posted: 03/17/13
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    One of our favorites.

  • cherylou Posted: 11/28/12
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    This was so good. I don't know why people thought it was so bland. I really liked it and I made it exactly as written expect for omitting the onions. I thought it was just the right combination of flavors and you can't even taste the carrots they just add texture. I can't wait to make this again.

  • Dlowery Posted: 01/01/13
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    My family enjoyed this casserole and never said a thing about the veggies inside. They didn't seem to notice. I loved it and will definitely make it again!

  • nanyrocks Posted: 02/10/13
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    Wonderful weeknight meal. I followed the advice of some of the other reviewers and added 2 cups of marinara instead of the 1 cup of tomato sauce but other than that didn't change a thing. Delicious meal .

  • seelliott88 Posted: 10/02/12
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    I used sausage instead of ground sirloin, it was fantastic.....I also used fresh garlic & added some sweet red peppers.....

  • Lynn9547 Posted: 05/21/13
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    Deceptively simple recipe that tastes much better expected. It is now a regular part of our menu rotation. I also added some petite diced tomatoes just because we like the tomato chunks.

  • crysmys Posted: 03/06/12
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    Can see how this would be good for kids and other picky eaters. A nice way to sneak in some extra veggies. We found we needed more flavor.. would add more onion and garlic next time, a tomato sauce with some zip, and definitely NOT cracker barrel's brand of reduced fat cheese. While good for kids.. we didn't find the serving size to be that filling.. a decent recipe, but will probably not make again. ================= update With changes, this recipe has become a cool-weather comfort for us. We added more onion and garlic, but switching from the suggested Cracker Barrel cheese to Cabot brand 50% reduced fat cheese made the biggest flavor impression. We also changed the servings from eight to six, to make them more substantial but still 'light.'. NOW this recipe is a keeper for us.

  • Eggcellent Posted: 11/15/13
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    Went back for seconds....except Gillian.

  • Yette4 Posted: 11/08/13
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    Really quite bland. This recipe seemed to have all the right ideas, but just didn't execute well. I'm trying to experiment with flavoring up the leftovers and make it something worthwhile, but I haven't discovered it yet. I won't make it again and hope to find something similar that's actually exciting and flavorful.

  • jen253 Posted: 07/16/13
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    Subbed in about 2 c marinara sauce and used gouda since I had it on hand. Also used spicy turkey italian sausage. Tasted good and kids chowed down. No one even noticed my finely chopped carrots. Will add more veggies when I have them. Easy pantry meal for us.

  • LucyLove Posted: 11/16/13
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    It has all the right ingredients for an easy kid-friendly meal, and hopes were high, but it just failed. We all ate it, but no one wanted seconds and everyone asked that I delete it from my recipe file. I tried adding some taco seasoning to the leftovers, thinking that would help. I was wrong.

  • sharonrc Posted: 04/02/14
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    Made this last night. Instead of using tomato sauce, I added a can of chopped tomatoes with chilis. It added a punch to the dish. We liked this dish and will make it again with other add-ins.

  • fernanda2013 Posted: 07/10/13
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    Made this tonight and it was super yummy. Both my husband a 3 year old loved it. I didn't have any carrots so I added some spinach.

  • alixmhughes Posted: 12/05/13
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    Good recipe. Added more tomato sauce including a can of El Pato (Mexican tomato sauce) which gave it a little heat. Family went back for seconds...

  • Hungryfour Posted: 10/22/13
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    I suggest you double it! My family of 4 LOVED it! It would have been nice to have leftovers!!! :) Delish!

  • khiller Posted: 05/10/14
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    This dish is NOT bland if you get a little creative with it. I cooked up the ground beef with some cajun seasoning and added some cayenne pepper for a kick. I also added 1-2tsp of Dijon mustard to the cheese sauce. The combination of flavors is actually pretty good! It's like a mac and cheese with beef that has a little kick. I also topped it with breadcrumbs before baking. Adding more veggies to the dish would also be very simple, as it makes plenty of cheese sauce to cover some more food. Overall, it's a quick and tasty weeknight meal.

  • thefooddude101 Posted: 06/27/14
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    This is a very good recipe! I made it for lunch today, and it was a hit! I'm sure it would be good for a potluck as well. I did make some slight alterations however. I used Rotini noodles instead or elbows, only one heaping teaspoon of garlic, and mixed cheeses. A word of caution though, you may want to leave out the nutmeg. I found the flavor a touch overpowering. If you decide not to skip it, you may wish to use a stronger cheese, (such as Colby Jack, or sharp cheddar) The carrots were not our favorite either.

  • stacylynn Posted: 02/27/14
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    We love this recipe & I've been making it for years. I always add 3/4 cup of chopped bell pepper (whatever color I have), extra garlic, oregano & 1 tbsp of tomato paste to the meat. The biggest change I make is upping the sauce by half & using regular extra sharp cheddar. I have found that an 11X7 is too small (drips & makes a mess), so usually make it in a deep square baker. Leftovers are great for quick meals.

  • Delyne Posted: 04/26/14
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    Made this as directed. It was good, but next time, I'll try what others have done, added a but more seasoning and peppers and substitute chopped tomatoes for the sauce. I think it will kick it up to a tastier dish.

  • amccall7 Posted: 01/21/14
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    Made this tonight and all 5 kids and husband loved it! I seasoned the meat a bit more, added some Cajun seasoning, and used cheddar cheese. For the cheese sauce, I used corn starch instead of flour, and reduced the ground nutmeg by half, and used 2% milk. I also used Prego traditional sauce instead of tomato sauce, and used a whole jar with 1.5 lbs of lean ground beef, and a 12 oz box of Hidden Veggie elbow pasta. I mixed the cheese sauce into the pasta mixture instead of pouring on top. I may try putting it on top next time. I will be adding this to our favorite recipes!

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