Vintage Ground Beef Macaroni & Cheese Casserole Recipe From Grandma's Recipe Box by Donna John

Vintage Ground Beef Macaroni & Cheese Casserole Recipe From Grandma's Recipe Box

A friend of mine shared her grandma's vintage recipe for ground beef macaroni and cheese casserole. What is not to love about that? Ground beef is an inexpensive ingredient most enjoy, and who doesn't love macaroni and cheese? She told me her grandma got this recipe from a Carnation milk promotion back in the day.

This ground beef casserole recipe is sure to be a hit with the family. The budget recipe doesn't have a long list of ingredients. Here is your shopping list: ground beef, pasta, flour, cheddar cheese, evaporated milk, garlic powder, onion powder, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and butter.

Serve this easy family-friendly pasta casserole for dinner with your favorite side dishes. Her grandma liked to serve it with a fresh vegetable and garden salad with ranch dressing. Sounds good to me.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) elbow macaroni or other short pasta, cooked to al dente according to package directions
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • garlic powder and onion powder, to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons butter, cut into slices

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Recipe Notes

  • Try this recipe with ground turkey or ground chicken instead of ground beef.
  • You can add a chopped onion to the ground beef when browning for extra flavor.
  • Use whatever short pasta you like. Penne, rotini, wagon wheels, bowties or fusilli would work well.
  • If you don't want to add breadcrumbs to the top, just skip that step.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the ground beef in a skillet until browned and cooked through. Drain grease and remove to a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked macaroni and flour. Stir to coat. 
  2. Add the evaporated milk to the skillet and heat over low. Add the cheese, a little at a time, and stir until melted. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta-meat mixture and stir well. Season with salt and pepper, and garlic and onion powder, to taste. 
  3. Pour the mixture into a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dot with the butter slices. 
  4. Bake in a preheated 375-degree F oven for about 20 minutes, or until hot, bubbly and lightly browned on top. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 557

Total Fat: 20.6g

Saturated Fat: 11.6g

Cholesterol: 103mg

Sodium: 390mg

Total Carbohydrate: 53.2g

Dietary Fiber: 2.1

Total Sugars: 6.7g

Protein: 38.1g

Vitamin D: 4mcg

Calcium: 413mg

Iron: 13mg

Potassium: 537mg

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