Recipe by amanda1432
"Cheese, onions, ground beef, and macaroni baked with cherry tomatoes and fresh thyme. Simple and delicious."
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2 1/2 cups
uncooked elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups
whole grain mustard
ground black pepper
2 1/2 cups
shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
chopped fresh thyme
quartered cherry tomatoes
This is a very good recipe...The only changes we made was to use evaporated milk instead of regular milk, and we added Panko bread crumbs mixed with grated paremesean cheese and a little paprika for color on top before baking..Also, make sure the flour is fully cooked - a couple of minutes before adding in the cheese.
We didn't care for this casserole, it was very bland. I really think the 1/2 cup of flour really took away from the dish, it seemed to nutralize the taste of the cheese.
Okay all....this recipe is a good idea but WAY to bland for my taste!! I would make the following changes
1. MORE CHEESE!! You can barely taste any cheese
2. NO THYME...or a lot less of it. It's so strong...to me it tasted like macaroni and thyme! (I don't like thyme so I would leave it out.)
3. MORE BEEF! You can't taste this either.
4. GARLIC! This would add a great flavour to this dish.
5. LESS FLOUR...it wasn't saucy at all..just too thick.
All in all the idea is good it just needs to be worked on a little bit!
I liked this. My husband liked this. My mother-in-law liked this. My 3 1/2 year did NOT like this. Go figure. Maybe it was the Worchester. My only caution is that you must use sharp cheddar - it was fairly mild-flavored using aged baby Tillamook, which surprised me. Might try extra sharp next time. Would definitely be too bland with anything milder than sharp.
I thought this was a tasty twist on macaroni and cheese. I added more cheese on top and sprinkled bread crumbs over them for some crunch. Will make again.
We really liked this recipe. We did add an extra 1/2 cup of cheese and extended the cooking time to 40 minutes.
This recipe was pretty good. It did need a little extra kick. Definately cut the flour in half and cover the dish while in the oven.
I was in kind of a hurry tonight and did not read the reviews before I made this recipe - let's just say I learned my lesson! This recipe calls for too much flour, so I added a lot more milk to make more of a sauce. Next time, I'll add more cheese and the addition of garlic is a great idea. I'll probably also leave out the tomatoes, I just don't think they add much to the dish. It turned out really good, though. My 2-year-old loved it!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Cheesy Macaroni and Beef Casserole with Thyme
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 204
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