I think that part of the problem with reviews on this recipe COULD be that people (like me) was looking to this as a substitute for the way unhealthy but tasty Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper. This recipe is not that and if someone takes a bite into it expecting that, they will be disappointed.
Having said that - this recipe is a nice change of pace and a good way to have comfort food with some veggies mixed in (coming from someone who is not a veggie fan). I had some big garlic cloves and it definitely had a garlic taste to it and was honestly a bit bland otherwise. I salted and peppered it and put a little bit of shredded cheddar in it and thought it tasted good.
I probably won't make it much because it did seem a bit labor intensive for a weeknight meal. I'll be interested in seeing what my husband has to say about it.