Mile-High Beefy Mac and Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.Advertisement
In a large bowl combine the bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper. Add ground beef: mix lightly to combine. (Do not overmix.) Press onto bottom and side of prepared pie plate. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until done (160 degrees F) (see Tip). Blot with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook macaroni according to package directions, adding broccoli and carrots the last 4 minutes; drain in a colander.
In the same large saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in cream cheese and 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese until smooth. Stir in macaroni mixture; mound on top of meat mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.
Bake 5 to 7 minutes more or until macaroni mixture is heated through and cheddar cheese is melted. Cool on a wire rack for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.
Tip: The meat may appear a bit pink after baking. So be sure to use an instant-read thermometer to measure the doneness.
3 1/2 lean protein, 1 1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1 vegetable