Friday, January 14, 2011

Triple Cheese Baked Beefaroni

My plan for this coming year is to feed my family healthier meals.  So this is the first in hopefully a series of many.  This took a little bit of time to make, but was a HUGE hit with the family. No one noticed the missing calories.  In fact there was nothing leftover!! It had great flavor.
Triple Cheese Baked Beefaroni
adapted from The Complete Light Cookbook
1 pound penne pasta or pasta of your choice
Meat Sauce
1 cup minced onions
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 pound hamburger
2 cups spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup chicken or beef broth
Cheese Sauce
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 3/4 cups beef or chicken broth
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Cook pasta until tender but firm. Drain and set aside.
Meat Sauce:
Brown hamburger with the garlic and onion.  Stir in the pasta sauce and 1/2 cup broth. Simmer for 10  minutes of until thickened. Set aside.
Cheese Sauce:
Whisk flour, milk and  1 3/4 cup broth in a nonstick pan until smooth.  Place over medium heat and cook until the mixture comes to a boil.  Reduce heat and continue to cook, for five minutes or until thickened. Stir in the cheddar cheese until it is all melted. Remove from heat.
 Stir the cheese sauce into the meat sauce.
Toss the pasta with the sauce. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes or until bubbly.
*You can substitute the hamburger with ground turkey or ground soy.
This also freezes well!
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  1. It is healthy plus tasty. What more can a family expect from you? No wonder why they loved it.

  2. Looks great Tiffanee! Cooking lighter is a good idea, especially for those of us that are feeling a little heavier:@)

  3. This looks SO good! I love cheesy pasta! Thanks!

  4. I need to make this! I bet my family would love it.

  5. Oh yes, this looks like total comfort food to me. No wonder the family loved it! CHEESE!! :-)

  6. I've been looking for more casserole type recipes to make cause sometimes I get tired of standing in the kitchen cooking the whole time! Or for when the Grandkiddos are here.
    Since we are empty nesters,
    I could made this and freeze half! Thanks!

  7. Wow, what a dish of deliciousness. This is a cheese lover's delight.

  8. This looks great...definitely giving this one a try next week! Thanks for sharing. And I look forward to your other "healthier" recipes to come. We're going to try to focus on healthier options too.

  9. that looks so good. We love casseroles.

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  11. Looks delicious!

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  12. This looks good! It reminds me of Hamburger Helper only without all the nasty preservatives and extra calories! Yum!

  13. So glad I stopped by! I am looking for recipes that freeze well. It looks really good, too! Happy Monday!!

  14. I will be making this this weekend! Looks totally yummy. Thanks, Tiffanee!

  15. You can't beat a healthy cheesy pasta dish. The family will love this!

  16. Hi Tiffanee! I'm your newest follower and am in love with your recipes! I found you through Lisa (Sweet As Sugar Cookies). Anyways, just wanted to introduce myself and say hi! I going to try this recipe for sure! I am ALWAYS looking for ground beef recipes... Thanks!

  17. Oh my gosh! How did I miss this one?!?! HOLY HECK! That's all I have to say. Looks amazing!!!!


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