Another recipe from a co-worker who had my best interests in mind and knew I was always looking for new dishes to try. She brought it to me and said ” here is a recipe that tastes great and will help you out with your meals.” She added “it would be a great dish to make for a pregame meal or just a meal.” She was so right and I am so glad she gave it to me.
I love Macaroni and Cheese but this dish makes it special. By adding ingredients to plain Macaroni and Cheese it almost becomes very much like lasagna. As a Billet Mom I did make this for a meal for my Billet Son’s, most found it a little heavy for a pregame meal. I usually had to double the recipe. Served with a caesar salad and hot garlic bread this casserole is a sure winner.
A Billet Mom’s “Macaroni & Cheese Lasagna” Ingredients
2 packages Kraft® Macaroni and Cheese, prepared
1 pound ground beef
1/2 medium onion, chopped fine
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1/4 cup romano cheese, heaping
4 pepper spice
A Billet Mom’s “Macaroni & Cheese Lasagna” Directions
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- While Macaroni & Cheese is cooking cook ground beef with onion. Sprinkle with spices.
- Stir tomato sauce and romano cheese into ground beef.
- Drain macaroni. Spoon half the macaroni & cheese into 8 x 8″ baking dish.
- Top with half of the meat mixture, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Spread other half of macaroni & cheese over top. Top with rest of meat mixture and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
A Billet Mom’s Notes and Tips
- This is even better made with homemade macaroni and cheese.
- I like cheddar cheese so for this casserole I used 1/2 cup of mozzarella and 1/2 cup of cheddar.
- If you don’t have the Garlic Plus® and 4 pepper spice you can use a sprinkle of garlic powder, onion powder and pepper.
- Mix the parmesan cheese with bread crumbs and sprinkle on the top.
- Top with buttered bread crumbs by mixing 2 Tablespoons of melted butter with 3/4 cup bread crumbs. Sprinkle over top of casserole.
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