Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Quick weeknight meals don't have to be made from a box. This recipe proves it.
Not a high caliber culinary experience, but still a good, quick, and comforting meal. It was comparable to the packaged boxed stuff, (let's just call it Samburger Selper) but without that weird chemical aftertaste. It contained real food and I had all the ingredients on hand.
The original recipe was a little bit spicy for our tastes, so I revised the recipe below to the changes I would make next time. Not that my 3 year old was interested in trying it, (he is not interested in dishes where everything is mixed together) but the spice level could be adjusted to your family's palate to calm it down by reducing the taco seasoning, or crankin' it up by using Rotel for the tomatoes.
recipe adapted from Kevin & Amanda's Recipes
1 lb ground beef
1 pkg taco seasoning (or 3 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning)
1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups beef broth (or 2 cups water & 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce)
1 cup elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain the meat and return to the skillet. Add taco seasoning, tomatoes, beef broth (or water and Worcestershire sauce) and macaroni. Heat to boiling, cover pan, and reduce heat to a simmer for 12 to 14 minutes or until macaroni is cooked through.
While the meat/macaroni is simmering, make the cheese sauce. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour until smooth and let for a few minutes. Whisk in the milk and heat until thickened. Remove from the heat, and add the cheese, stirring until melted. Add the salt and pepper. Pour the sauce in with the fully cooked macaroni mixture. Stir to combine. It will thicken as it cools.
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