Macaroni and Cheese Surprise

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Servings: 4-6
  • About This Recipe

    “My mother-in-law came up with this recipe and I had to learn to make it because my husband LOVES it. She always makes it for potluck dinners because kids love it. We always add a little sugar to the sauce, but that’s optional.”

    Ingredients

  • 1lbground beef
  • 1 (18ounce) jars mushroom and green pepper flavor spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (7 1/4 ounce) boxes macaroni and cheese mix
  • 8 -10slicesindividually wrapped cheese( Kraft Singles)
  • Directions

  • Brown the meat and drain.
  • Add spaghetti sauce and let simmer.
  • Boil macaroni as directed on box.
  • Drain macaroni and add back to pot.
  • Add the cheese from the macaroni and cheese dinner.
  • When the cheese is distributed, add the spaghetti sauce mixture.
  • Mix well.
  • Pour into 13×9 casserole dish.
  • Cover the mixture with the Kraft singles.
  • Bake at 375F for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Reviews

  • “This is exactly what it sounds like.Good, unpretentious comfort food.It won’t knock your socks off but it is great for those times when you don’t feel like messing around too much in the kitchen and you don’t know what to make.Especially since the ingredients are usually on hand.I would recommend this especially to people just learning to cook as this dish is extremely simple.Personally, I will probably add mushrooms, onions & peppers next time.”

  • “My 16 yr old son cooks the family dinner once a week. This was easy for him to make and was a great hit!! Was completely gone by the next day. I think he’ll be wanting to make this dish again soon!”

  • “The whole family approved!I used the “off brand” mac n’ cheese and spaghetti sauce…put slices of nice n’ cheesy (off brand velveeta) (and omitted the butter called for on the mac..why add the fat).Very suprised at how good it is.A better beefaroni!A great recipe for when my 12 y/o son wants to cook.”

  • “This was delicious!I used Velveeta Shells and Cheese and my family absolutely loved it.Thanks to your mother-in-law and you.”

  • “Not a fan of green peppers so used garlic/vidalia onion sauce instead! Had Velveeta shells and cheese on hand so used that instead as well and it came out magnificent!”

  • “I just tried the Mac Surprise it is great my husban LOVED it. His grandmother did too.Marilyn”

  • “This was sooo yummy. I make this on night my husband works late and need something that it great for leftovers. This is so yummy and my kids LOVE it!”

  • “Nadine Cherry: 2 of 3 people liked it.It was a different change for the boxed macaroni and cheese.It says to prepare macaroni as directed on box, I would say don’t cook the macaroni as long, and then add the cheese mixture, maybe then the noodles wouldn’t be as soggy. Instood of Kraft Singles on top, trygrated longhorn cheese.”

  • “Yes this is very easy to make.Yes it is hardy, but it reminds me of a homemade hamburger helper.For a quick fix, last minute dinner this is fine.I used Kraft Deluxe Mac and the Ragu Spagetti sauce.If I make this again I will use a different sauce.Something a with a bit more garlic.”

  • “very quick and easy with things you have no hand.tasty and filling, would be great for potlucks.”

  • “This is really good.I needed something quick as we went out holiday shopping and were all starving with we got home.I whipped this up in no time at all and it was really good.I used plan marinara sauce and added some peppers and onions to ground beef while browning.I loved how the sliced american melted into the pasta and sauce, not just staying on the top.Thank you for sharing, this will be kept close for all those late night meals.”

  • “We really enjoyed this quick & easy weeknight recipe.These are all ingredients we typically have on hand, too so, I’m happy to add this to my quick n’ easy weeknight repertoire.I might experiment with some different cheeses on top and/or some different flavors of spaghetti sauce but, this was definitely a winner.We even served this to company, and they enjoyed it, too!Thanks for a quick and easy recipe!”

  • “How quick and cheap can this recipe be for being so good? I doubled recipe and it fed 6 adults with leftovers,,and costed less than $10.00.Yaaahhh I have lunch for tomorrow lol,,if it lasts through the night,,,and money in my pocket. I cheated and just torn up the american cheese and put it in same pot and mixed it. Others in my family topped w/ grated parmesan cheese and also cheddar. I will def. make this again. Thank you for posting!”

  • “A very tasty treat. My wife would have preferred cheddar cheese but otherwise a great comfort food :-)”

  • “Super awesome recipe! Too easy to make and always a man-pleaser. Thank you!!!”

  • “Way too tomatoey for me.If I were to make it again I would put more KD in the mixture.”

  • “This is great.It was so easy to make and everyone loved it.It does remind you of Hamburger Helper, but I thought it was better tasting than that.I wanted to point out that the recipe calls for you to boil the macaroni as directed on the box.It does not say to prepare the macaroni as directed.I added only the cheese powder, not the butter and milk that is normally added to mac and cheese.The only thing I will change the next time is to not put the cheese on top.My kids didnt like the cheese melted on top for some reason.Thanks for this great recipe!”

  • “Very good!Definitely a kid pleaser, as my kids ate it all up in 1 sitting!I did use, however, “Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce w/meat” since it’s all I had on-hand, and Kraft macaroni & cheese…Very filling, and I was thrilled at how much my kids loved it, and how little effort it took on MY part!Thank you, Shannon!:)”

  • “This was ok but I found the Ragu tomato flavor a little too strong for my liking. I used the regular Ragu sauce and added a little green pepper and mushrooms to the ground beef as I was browning it. “

  • “It was definately alright.Nothing spectacular, but for the evening it made a decent, yet quick meal.I’m sure we’ll have it again but not as often as other ‘staple’ dinners, mainly when we want a change and something quick ‘n easy”

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