I'm only putting down 4 stars till after we actually eat dinner! I tasted a bit on the way into the oven, and thought it was pretty good. I did make a few changes, though. I sautéed onion in olive oil, adding a few cloves of garlic right before throwing the ground beef into the pan. I didn't have 15 oz. cans of sauce - only 2 8 oz. ones on hand, so I also added a 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes NOT drained. I used a mix of cheese (a few different cheddars, some shredded mozzarella, and a good sprinkling of grated parmesan) because my daughter got into the cheddar while "helping" in the kitchen and there wasn't enough of it! We're always of the opinion that more cheese is better, no matter what. I also think there was probably more than 1.5 pounds of ground beef in the package I used, and with a whole box of macaroni... that's a HUGE casserole! I have it baking covered with foil right now, and will uncover for the last 10 minutes. Since I had less sauce, I didn't want to chance having it come out dry. I have a VERY picky 10 year old, and if she eats this, it'll get 5 stars.
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I'm only putting down 4 stars till after we actually eat dinner! I tasted a bit on the way...