Beefy Mac & Cheese

Beefy Mac & Cheese
Beefy Mac & Cheese

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

35

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

35

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 8

    oz medium pasta shells

  • 3

    tbs unsalted butter

  • 1

    small onion, chopped

  • 1

    tbs tomato paste

  • 1

    tbs chili powder

  • 8

    oz ground beef

  • 2

    tbs all-purpose flour

  • 1

    cup lowfat milk

  • 2 1/2

    cups shredded Mexican cheese (about 8 oz)

  • 2

    tbs Panko

  • 2

    scallions, thinly sliced

Directions

Bring a pot of salted walter to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Reserve 3/4 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta. Meanwhile, melt 1 tbs butter in a large nonsktick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and coook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and chili powder and stir until brick red, about 2 minutes. Add the beef and cook, stirring, until browned, 4 minutes. Stir in 1/2 tsp salt. Spread the mixture in a 3-quart baking dish. Preheat the broiler. Melt the remaining 2 tbs butter in a pot over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the milk and reserved cooking water, bring to a simmer and cook, whisking, until thick, 2 minutes. Add 2 cups cheese, the cooked pasta and 3/4 tsp salt and stir until the cheese melts. Spread over the beef mixture. Mix the remaining 1/2 cup cheese and the breadcrumbs; sprinkle over the pasta mixture and broil until golden. Toop with the scallions.

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