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Mac and cheese gets heartier, and possibly even more family-friendly, when you stir ground beef and fire-roasted tomatoes into the cheese sauce. Make sure to drain the tomatoes so the sauce doesn’t get too thin. We call for whole-grain rotini, but any short pasta shape will work here; just do try to go whole-grain for more nutrition. This budget-friendly dinner costs less than $9. If you don't have dry mustard (used for added depth), stir in a teaspoon of Dijon.

Jiselle Basile
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Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)


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  • Cook pasta according to directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium. Add beef, onion, Worcestershire, and mustard; cook, stirring often, until meat is done, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; stir in tomatoes.

  • Whisk together milk and flour. Pour mixture into skillet; bring to a boil over high. Add cheeses; stir until cheeses melt. Remove from heat. Stir in pasta and meat mixture. Top with parsley, salt, and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

408 calories; fat 10.9g; saturated fat 5.7g; mono fat 2.5g; poly fat 1.1g; protein 28g; carbohydrates 51g; fiber 7g; cholesterol 53mg; iron 3mg; sodium 529mg; calcium 284mg; sugars 8g.