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Zesty Cheeseburger Mac Casserole

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 35 mins
Yield 5 servings, 1 1/2 cups each


  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen vegetable blend with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower (3 cups)
  • 1 pkg. (14 oz.) KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Made With 2% Milk Cheese
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup KRAFT Light Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef, cooked, drained
  • 1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place frozen vegetables in colander in sink. Cook Macaroni as directed on package. Pour cooked macaroni over vegetables in colander to drain and quickly thaw vegetables.

    Return macaroni and vegetables to same saucepan. Add Cheese Sauce, milk and dressing; mix well. Add cooked meat and 1/2 cup of the Cheddar cheese; mix well. Spoon into 2-qt. round casserole dish; cover with foil.

    Bake 35 min. or until heated through. Uncover; top with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese. Bake an additional 3 to 4 min. or until cheese is melted.

    Makeover - How We Did It:
    We made over a favorite KRAFT recipe. Save 110 calories, 13 g of fat and 4 g of saturated fat per serving by preparing with extra lean ground beef instead of 80% lean ground beef and using KRAFT Light Zesty Italian Dressing and KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Made with 2% Milk Cheese instead of the regular products.

    Substitute 1 can (12 oz.) white tuna in water, drained, for the cooked ground beef.

    Make Ahead:
    Prepare as directed except for baking; cover. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, bake, covered, at 375°F for 40 to 45 min. or until heated through. Remove from oven; uncover. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Let stand 5 min. or until cheese is melted.

    Nutrition Bonus:
    Delight your family with this cheesy easy-to-make meal. As a bonus, the vegetables add a good source of both vitamins A and C while the cheese provides calcium.

    Nutrition Information Per Serving (ground beef, 2% version):460 calories, 13g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 75mg cholesterol, 1170mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate, 4g dietary fiber, 9g sugars, 36g protein, 45%DV vitamin A, 60%DV vitamin C, 60%DV calcium, 25%DV iron.

    Exchange: 3 Starch, 1 Vegetable, 4 Meat (VL), 1 Fat