Cheesy Macaroni and Beef Casserole with Thyme Recipe -
Cheesy Macaroni and Beef Casserole with Thyme Recipe
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Cheesy Macaroni and Beef Casserole with Thyme

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"Cheese, onions, ground beef, and macaroni baked with cherry tomatoes and fresh thyme. Simple and delicious."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a large casserole dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the macaroni in the pot, cook 9 to 11 minutes, until al dente, and drain. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, cook and stir the ground beef and onion until beef is evenly brown and onion is tender. Stir in the wine, and continue cooking 1 minute. Mix in the milk, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Continue to cook and stir until heated through. Whisk the flour into the skillet, and gradually stir in 2 cups cheese until melted. Mix in the thyme and cherry tomatoes.
  4. Stir the skillet mixture into the casserole dish with the macaroni. Top with remaining cheese.
  5. Cook uncovered 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly brown.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 19, 2006

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 12, 2004

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.


65 Ratings

Oct 25, 2006

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 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 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!

Apr 13, 2006

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.

Aug 13, 2004

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.

Jan 30, 2007

We really liked this recipe. We did add an extra 1/2 cup of cheese and extended the cooking time to 40 minutes.

Jan 17, 2007

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.

Nov 01, 2006

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!


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  • Calories
  • 537 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 52.4 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 77 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 22.7 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 28.8 g
  • 58%
  • Sodium
  • 589 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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