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Monday, October 5, 2009

Pizza Mac-N-Cheese by Tish

What You Need!
1 can (8 oz.) pizza sauce, divided ( I just use 1 cup of Ragu spaghetti sauce)
1 pkg. (7-1/4 oz.) KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, prepared as directed on package (I used Kraft shells and cheese dinner for this recipe)
1 lb. extra lean ground beef, cooked, divided ( I always season my ground beef with a little salt and pepper)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves (I used 1 tsp of Italian seasoning)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder (I used same amount of Tastefully Simple Garlic, Garlic)
1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Assemble and Freeze:
Remove and set aside 1/4 cup of the pizza sauce for later use. Combine already prepared mac-n-cheese Dinner, two-thirds of the meat, the remaining pizza sauce, egg and seasonings.

SPOON evenly into baking dish or aluminum pan. Top with the remaining meat and reserved 1/4 cup pizza sauce;(I left the shredded cheese off and put it in a separate bag for folks to add at last 5 minutes of baking.) Wrap tightly with 2 layers of aluminum foil or heavy duty aluminum foil and place inside extra large freezer bag if desired.

Remove from freezer and thaw COMPLETELY! Then preheat oven to 400 degrees F and remove foil from pan. Bake uncovered for 10-15 minutes till hot. Then remove and add shredded cheese to top of dish and return to oven just till melted. Remove and let stand 5 minutes before serving.


  1. Ladies,
    I made a mistake on the ingredients. I used 2 Kraft Shell and Cheese dinners (or you could use 2 boxes of reg mac n cheese). You need 2 boxes in order to make a good 6-8 serving portion. Otherwise, if you just use one box it makes 4 big portions or 6 small portions. Otherwise, the rest of the ingredients are correct. You could make this with Italian suasage and it would be really good too! Enjoy!

  2. We had this when Daddy traveled last week and the kids loved it. Thanks Tish!

  3. I made this one day while babysitting and the kids ate it up! Thanks!