Having only the kids to feed, I wanted to do something quick. I had some ground beef thawed, so I just browned it up and added the quick mac n cheese I discovered earlier.
1 pound ground beef
1 1/4 cup uncooked whole-grain shell noodles
1 cup lowfat milk
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sharp cheddar cheese
Brown ground beef; drain and rinse. Cook noodles according to packaging; drain.
Combine cold milk and flour in a small saucepan stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil over medium heat cooking for about 2 minutes, until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add cheese, stirring until cheese is melted and combined thoroughly. Add pasta and stir to coat. Add ground beef and stir until evenly distributed.
This was a big hit with the kids. I used the sharp cheddar this time for a cheesier taste to the mac n cheese. I also used a very lean ground beef that was grass fed. The way the cow is fed makes a difference in the way it tastes. It is a quick recipe for those nights you don't have a lot of time to make a meal.
Flavor Rating: Good, a nice mac n cheese and great hamburger.
Ease of Preparation: Easy, still the easiest way to make mac n cheese without having a premixed packet.