Cheesy Beef & Macaroni Casserole


1 pound dry macaroni noodles or similar

1 pound lean ground beef

2 cloves garlic minced

1 cup diced onion

1 cup diced green pepper

1 can crushed tomatoes 28 oz

½ cup tomato sauce

3-4 tablespoons tomato paste

½ teaspoon dry basil

salt & pepper to taste

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided

¼ cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley divided


Preheat oven to 375°F.

Cook noodles for ¾ of time according to package. (My noodles said 9 minutes so I cooked them for 6). Drain and rinse under cold water.

Meanwhile, brown beef, garlic & onion in a frying pan. Drain.

Combine green peppers, beef, noodles, tomatoes, tomato sauce & paste, basil, salt & pepper, 1 cup of cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley. Pour into a 9×13 casserole dish.

Combine remaining cheeses & 1 tablespoon of parsley. Sprinkle on top of casserole. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is browned!


Calories: 537, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 484mg, Potassium: 516mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 800IU, Vitamin C: 21mg, Calcium: 377mg, Iron: 2.8mg