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Layered Macaroni Casserole

"'I concocted this quick-and-easy recipe over 40 years ago as a new bride. It's still one of my favorites,' shares Virginia Cherry of Salinas, California. 'I never wonder what to fix for potluck dinners. This dish is always popular.'"
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Ingredients

1 h 50 m servings
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. In a nonstick skillet, cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and seasonings. bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Meanwhile, cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Add cottage cheese.
  2. In a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray, layer 1 cup meat sauce, a third of the macaroni mixture and a third of the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining meat sauce. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F for 40-45 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Footnotes

  • Nutritional Analysis: One serving (1 cup) equals 379 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 1,087 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 31 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable.

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This is a nice twist on a traditional Italian meal and relatively simple to make. The cottage and cheddar cheese as well as the chili pepper work suprisingly well. I give it four instead of five...

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It was just OK. Nothing special, but not bad. I don't think I'll be making this again - took too much time and the result wasn't worth it.

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This is a nice twist on a traditional Italian meal and relatively simple to make. The cottage and cheddar cheese as well as the chili pepper work suprisingly well. I give it four instead of five...

Great family recipe! We love how different this dish is to a traditional italian recipe. The cheddar cheese really makes the difference! Don't let the time it takes to prepare scare you....it's ...

We liked this, I did add extra cheese. My three year old picky grandson had two helpings and in between bites said um good nana um good nana. So this is a keeper. Thanks for the post.

This was spectacular! It is good old fashioned comfort food! I will definitely make it again. I might add some green pepper to the sauce (personal preference) and, I might double the topping....

It was just OK. Nothing special, but not bad. I don't think I'll be making this again - took too much time and the result wasn't worth it.

This was one dish all my family would eat, and I can count on one hand the number of dishes this is true of. I used a jar of spaghetti sauce rather than creating the sauce in the recipe to save ...

this is pretty delicious! instead of using ground beef, i used yves veggie ground (1 lb). i didn't cook it for an hour because with the veggie ground, it's already cooked so that cuts down on t...

If my picky 5 and 3yr olds will eat it then its a keeper! However, it wasn't anything spectacular, and I didn't have enough time to simmer the sauce for a full hour so my sauce was a bit too tom...

Made this tonight. It really did taste like lasagna. A very good weeknight recipe. Only change was rotini for the macaroni. My 13 year old ate 2 HUGE portions! A big hit!