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smoky mac & cheese beef

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

With a few added ingredients, this is another delicious way to enjoy this comfort food.

yield 4 servings
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For smoky mac & cheese beef

  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 c
    white onions, diced
  • 1 c
    red peppers, diced
  • 1 1/2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • ground himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 lg
    cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3/4 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp
    prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    hot sauce such as frank's
  • 1/4 c
    low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 c
    elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1/4 c
    fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c
    cold milk
  • 1 Tbsp
    dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 2 c
    sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

How To Make smoky mac & cheese beef

  • 1
    In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions and sauté until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add red peppers and sauté for a couple minutes.
  • 2
    Add ground beef, breaking it into small pieces, and generously season with ground sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook until almost done before adding garlic; sauté for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.
  • 3
    Add ketchup, tomato paste, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and beef broth. Stir the ingredients very well and cook until all the liquid and fat is gone, stirring often, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Start cooking the macaroni.
  • 5
    While the pasta and meat mixture is cooking, start the cheese sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter and when melted and it starts sizzling, add flour; cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • 6
    Add ½ cup of milk at a time, stir until smooth before adding another cup.
  • 7
    Add Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper; whisk until blended.
  • 8
    Adding a handful of shredded cheese at a time, whisk until incorporated before adding more; whisking well after each addition.
  • 9
    When time is up, add cooked macaroni to the meat mixture, stirring until evenly mixed and pasta is nicely coated.
  • 10
    Pour the cheese sauce over and stir once again. When serving, sprinkle on some fresh chopped parsley.
  • 11
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