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Cajun Macaroni

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min,

Makes

4 servings

When I follow my favorite meat loaf recipe, I end up with an extra half-pound of ground beef. So I came up with this easy Cajun mac and cheese dish to use it up.—June Ellis, Erie, Illinois
Cajun Macaroni Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 package (7-1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan or skillet, cook the beef, onion, green pepper and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomatoes and Cajun seasoning. Cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions, using 2 tablespoons milk and 1 tablespoon butter. Stir into beef mixture; cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.

Cajun Mac and Cheese Tips

What are some variations of Cajun mac and cheese?

Instead of ground beef, try using andouille sausage or shrimp. Adjust the spice level by reducing the Cajun seasoning or adding cayenne pepper. Get acquainted with andouille with these 15 flavorful recipes.

How do you store Cajun mac and cheese?

Store Cajun mac and cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Explore New Orleans-inspired recipes?for Mardi Gras or for a good time, anytime.

Can you make Cajun mac and cheese ahead of time?

Yes! Make the meat mixture a day ahead, then add the cooked macaroni when you're ready to serve. Need more make-ahead ideas??This collection of recipes has you covered.

Elizabeth Harris, Taste of Home contributing writer

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 353 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 797mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein.

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