Beefy Mac and Cheese

Main meal

Beefy Mac and Cheese
Beefy Mac and Cheese

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt

  • 8

    oz medium pasta shells

  • 3

    Tbls. unsalted butter

  • 1

    small onion - chopped

  • 1

    Tbls. tomato paste

  • 1

    Tbls. chilli powder

  • 8

    oz ground beef

  • 2

    Tbls. all purpose flour

  • 1

    cup low fat milk

  • 2 1/2

    cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (about 8 oz)

  • 2

    Tbls. breadcrumbs (preferably Panko)

  • 2

    scallions, thinly sliced

Directions

Bring pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook as directed. Reserve 3/4 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and chilli powder and stir until brick red, about 2 minutes. Add the beef and cook, stirring, until browned, 4 minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Spread the mixture in a 3 quart baking dish. Preheat the broiler. Melt the remaining 2 tbls. 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 teaspoon 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. Top with scallions.

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